I need an independent, dedicated newsreader. I am migrating to a system that
does not support newsreaders in the email client. And it is not just me but
a number of us old farts who insist on reading these archaic newsgroups.
Any suggestions? I will pay something if necessary, but my needs are
simple. A few newsgroups accessed a few times a day. And there is not
anywhere near the volume there used to be. So demands on the computers
resources should be minimal.
I need to be able to read and reply to posts. And a bozo filter would be
nice. Some capability to save some posts would be nice as well. That is
all I really need. Any suggestions?
The new system is a win 7 64 bit system. The email client is in office
2007, specifically outlook 2007. You used to be able to read UseNet
newsgroups in Outlook 2007, but Microsoft have removed anything that does
not use their own servers servers for newsgroups.
Me too. I stronlgly recommend to anyone interested a free unix shell
account at sdf.lonestar.org or any similar organization and try out the
original, old-fashioned way. Personally I can't imagine preferring
any other method, but admit to having been called a curmudgeon more than
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I use Thunderbird. There will be someone who will shortly say this is
an email program and not and newsreader, but it does a very good job for
news groups, I have been using it for about 10 years, and each version
has performed well.
You can download and read newsgroups, You can post a followup to the
newsgroup or reply to the sender. You can set filters and a host of
With the addition of Lightning, Thunderbird has become a poor man's MS
Office as you can schedule task and events. You can convert messages to
events or task, and they can be tracked. You can send invitation to
those people you wish to participate in the events. My wife and I use
the invitation function to keep each other informed of what we are
participating in. It is great for keeping track of a retiree social
life and it is all free.
Okay, as a Thunderbird user myself, I would be interested in listening
to those who think they have something better. I download all my
messages from a single news server, so I have no need for further
functionality in that area. Anything else?
Yep, Outlook Express worked just fine for me too. As is Microsoft's custom,
if something works well, the have to "improve" it to the point of
uselessness. I window live on one win 7 machine. It is useless. It
freezes and crashes constantly. And I can't even get this program any more.
The Outlook 2007 in the office package is very nice. It is like outlook
express on steroids with a lot of other tools in there as well. It is
almost like the old outlook express, only better.
I really don't want to go to thunderbird email client. They are no longer
improving that program and I already have a good email client. It is just
the newsreader I need. I came across a couple newsreader add ins to outlook
2007. But almost all of them no longer work because Microsoft won't let
anybody interface with the program. So called "security enhancements".
Also the only surviving add in apparently really bogs down the machine.
Which is why I need a dedicated newsreader. I will look at Forte Agent. I
will figure something out.
On Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:24:15 -0500, "Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at
comcast dot net> wrote:
Agent still the BEST. Free Agent is still FREE, buy Agent 7 for $29 and they
will throw in Includes a free 3-month Agent Premium Usenet account. After
three months pay monthly $2.9 for 20Gig.
The following version of Thunderbird are currently in the cue for
release. Thunderbird 27 will be released tomorrow. TB 28 some time
in late January or early February, TB 29 some time in the spring.
Currently in BETA channel
Moves to RELEASED on Week of December 10, 2013
Currently in EARLYBIRD channel
Moves to BETA on Week of December 10, 2013
Currently in DAILY channel
Moves to EARLYBIRD on Week of December 10, 2013
Hardly to quote "They are no longer improving that program"
I use Thunderbird, like it, recommend it.
But as far as future releases go it's hard to say if they will actually
be improvements or simply the normal "security fix" or a fix for known
The latest release was simply a security fix.
"Lee Michaels" <leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net>
wrote in message
If you want to use Outlook (or Outlook Express) on your new machine you can
easily do so by setting up a virtual machine and installing the appropriate
OS and program(s) on it. Virtual Box is easy to use and works well.
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