I am a routine lurker at the wreck and have used aol for several years. Now
they are doing away with newsgroups and I was wondering if anyone knew of a
"simple" reader that I could use to continue enjoying the group. Thanks in
email@example.com (Sambo145) wrote in
If you just want to lurk, Google is simple. If you want to post, then
don't try to use Google. For some historical reasons, many of us filter
Google-sourced posts. You'll only be seen by a portion of the wReck
I use xNews as a reader. It's not perfect, but the threading is
reasonable, the filtering is as good as I need, binaries are handled pretty
well and the price is, well, free.
Check the recent past (archives) for free or reasonable newsfeed(s) to suit
The answer depends on what O/S you're using.
There are 'dedicated' newsreader programs (that's *all* they do), and there
are 'multifunction' programs that will read news as one of their capabilities.
a partial list:
multifunction programs, available on multiple platforms:
"Thunderbird", also from Mozilla,org
Outlook/Outlook Express (*NOT* recommended, tho some people like it)
For UNIX, and look-alikes, like the LINUX derivatives:
Free Agent (from Forte Systems)
Forte Agent (a 'pay for' upgraded version of free agent)
For more than you could possibly want to know, do a google search
on "newsreader software"
firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) wrote in
Actually, for more than you could want to know, but organized in a
more useful manner, look at www.newsreaders.com
Reviews of various readers, sorted by platform, with links to their
download sites when available.
Mozilla Firefox for a browser. Mozilla Thunderbird for
e=mail and a news reader. Lots more protection than MS
software and more stable. Costs nothing! Installs easily.
Keep your outlook (you have to use it for other stuff) and
MS worked it out so that Firefox couldn't be used for MS
Netscape 7.2 has some security flaws. It is essentially an AOL product
now. FireFox is a "new and improved" version. as is Thunderbird.
Mozilla 1.7x and 1.8x is "less insecure" They are the "better" Netscape
clones - Much better generally. More secure, faster.
I've said that before... in defense of my trusty old Shopsmith..
Of course, in later years I've added several free standing tools, but the SS is
a great drill press.. wish I could say that NS was a great browser :(
I'll admit it.. I'm the one that bought Agent, instead of finding a crack..
Please remove splinters before emailing
If you want a simple newsreader with limited usefulness but simple to just
read text Outlook express is it. A lot of people on the newsgroups just hate
it (limited capabilities)but the others newsreaders can sometimes feel to
complex for people who are used to the handholding that AOL gives.I use
Xnews,and free agent and outlook express( different news reader for
different groups type)The best advice it to try some and see which one feels
best to you.
================================Not sure if AOL is truely in fact going to cut off newsgroups...seems
to me I read it was a false alert....
But even my wife who does have an AOL account uses Forte Free
Agent as her news reader... since it handles AOL's newsgroups a heck
of a lot better then AOL own software...
That said... I use Firfox for web browsing...its free and much better
then the browser Bill Gates wants us all to use...... Eudora (paid
edition) for e-mail ...just to good for someone wh gets 100's of
e-mails daily some personal some from mailing lists ...and I have been
using Free Agent (the free version of Agent) to read newsgroups... for
years and honestly I like it...
I may have to subscribe to a news service shortly however as my
wonderful Cable company no longer carries the Chevelle newsgroup
which is a major problem since I am restoring one... Xnews is the
service that I was recomemnded to pay for...understand it is cheap but
AOL itself posts that alert EVERY time you go to open Newsgroups. If it is a
false alert, you'd think someone would inform them.
I tried getting that up, and I tried Mozilla. Neither one will work with my
I was just about to say screw it, and use Google about once a month, but I'll
keep trying for a bit longer.
"I think we agree, the past is over." George W. Bush
On 04 Feb 2005 19:18:23 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
===================Charlie...I just went out and checked my wives computer and the
Ao-Hell she is running is 9.0 optimized.... BUT once she signs on she
minimizes Ao-hell and fires up Foirefox to browse the net...or fire up
Agent to read newsgroups... as much as I have tried to get her to use
a "real e-mail" program she just keeps aol for that...
She did say she had a "little" bit of trouple configuring Agent..could
not be much since She is more at home in front of a sewing maching
then a computer...
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