I would like to be able to post to a binary newsgroup like abpw while I
am on the road and connected through various proxies, vpns, hotel
networks, etc. The only way I know to do this is with a web client.
Do you have any experiences with newsgroup providers that have web
interface and support posting to binary groups? I expect this will be
a commercial answer and I am willing to pay for a subscription. I'm
interested in recommendations based on experience, if possible.
A newsserver that lets you _post_ by http might be hard to find.
Most people interested in using their browsers are interested in
looking at/downloading pictures, not uploading them.
You might try looking at Easynews and Newsguy. Newsguy I know
has a web interface for posting, but I don't know if it handles
binaries. Easynews has a web reader for binaries, but I don't
know if it handles posting. Both companies are reasonably
competent, at least.
OK, DUMB QUESTION, tolerance, please.
I read this thread and went to look at Forte as recommended and it looks
like the Interface I have with Outlook Express
I seem to be able to read and post from home using Outlook.
How is Forte different from Outlook Express?
Other way around, actually - OE copied the Forte Agent interface.
Supports yEnc encoding (useful if you want to do binaries),
properly handles quoting and sigs in accordance with Usenet
traditions, can't be misconfigured to post in HTML (as far
as I know), has various features to make using newsgroups
(as opposed to email) more convenient.
Mostly, tho, the advantage of Agent is that it's not subject
to most of the security holes, viruses, etc, that target OE.
If you're willing to learn a different interface, XNews is
a superior newsreader to Agent. But if you want to stick
with an OE style interface, Agent is a pretty good reader.
Lurker here but I've been using Newsguy's web interface to read and occasionally
post text and binaries for a few years with no problems. I have one of the
cheaper accounts at $40 a year and would recommend them.
NewsGuy.Com 30Gb $9.95 Carry Forward and On Demand Bandwidth
it's not www via browser operated, but if you go to www.forteinc.com
you'll find both a top rated news client (agent) and a top rated news
service (agent premium news)... assuming you're on windows....
install both of those and you'll be set up to connect from about
anywhere, I bet.
In my travels, the only problem I ever had using a standard newsreader
involved my corporation's VPN.
The answer? DON'T use the VPN while you access USENET. Boot up the
computer, open a browser, and log on to the WAP
I've never seen a hotel, airport, subscription, or free public WAP that
blocked news ports, or much else, for that matter. Heck, I've even used
unsecured wireless ports while sitting outside a building in the car. <G>
The VPN is usually provided to get you INSIDE a company network, on the
private side of the firewalls. You only need it when accessing mail or
shared drives (ex:// Exchange servers), and private intranet (vs.
Int_e_rnet resources), and private instant messaging. Most any computer
in the world should access the public internet pretty much by default.
Find a free access point close to home before you leave and give it a try!
It's an unencrypted, unsecured, radio signal that travels to me, and I'm
not using said signal to break laws, harrass people, impersonate someone
For all I know, I'm receiving a public signal, just like the one my
hometown Chamber of Commerce, small airports, coffee shops, libraries,
universities, etc... freely make available.
I'm not busting your stones, I really would like to see a citation.
Could it also be that even though the WAP owner may classify it as
"unauthorized use", it is not specifically illegal because it is wireless
and the emissions are being sent into public airwaves where they can be
picked up if not encrypted to preclude use?
Witness the lack of laws regarding intercepting wireless signals from nanny
cams and other wireless devices.
I am not saying that it is ethical ... just that a good case can be made
that once these emissions leave your property you may really have no legal
control over them.
WEP is too damn available and easy to implement to not protect any WAP, if
you indeed want protection from "unauthorized use".
I could have sworn I asked about newsgroup services. This turned into
another one of those never ending legal arguments among woodworkers -
the world's worst shade-tree lawyers. I'm filing suit for
message-thread theft using a WEP while shopping at Lowe's.
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