I've always acessed newsgroups using AOL. Is there any way to access
and contribute to these postings using a different service provider?
Sometimes my daughter is using the AOL account but I also have Juno.
On 19 Apr 2004 18:00:11 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (BUB 209) wrote:
AOL is rubbish. Almost every service you obtain through them is either
deliberately broken in some way, or is just available better and
cheaper from somewhere else.
There are several ways:
You can use this from any web browser, even through AOL.
Sign up with an ISP that runs a free new server for its customers
(these are getting rare though). As with any true Usenet service,
you'll need a Usenet client program to run on your own computer. I use
Agent, from www.forteinc.com (Good, popular, has a useful free demo
Sign up with any ISP, then use a free news server from somewhere else.
There aren't many of these left, but they're still around (there's a
popular one in Berlin).
Buy an account on a paid usenet server. Not expensive, should be very
good. I use Supernews, but there's also GigaNews (amongst many others)
and even lower-priced text-only services like Gradwell.
Uh, sure, AOL isn't perfect by any stretch, but I'd like to ask when you last
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On 19 Apr 2004 22:53:06 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
Last Tuesday (domestic). Sometime in the next week or two
(commercially). As a web geek, I have to pay attention to just how
their b0rken browsers are mangling my content.
I can't reliably email to AOL users (which is mainly a nuisance for
eBay). My UK ISP is a big ADSL broadband provider and AOL have chosen
to implement blacklists across large chunks of their IP space,
claiming it's because of security concerns over rogue SMTP servers on
0wned home machines. Well thanks for the years of drivel and spam
coming _from_ AOL then !
AOL - where every month is September.
That's news.individual.net - it's great. You have to sign up
and give them a valid email address, but they don't send spam,
just rare notices of maintenance outages. And you can always
give them a throwaway account like I do (www.fastmail.fm) -
check it once a week or so for the rare occasion you get a real
message on it.
There's also readfreenews.net but they may not be accepting new
Neither carries binary groups - just text groups like this one.
You will need a newsreader. Most here use Outhouse Express. Then you need
an account with Usenet access. Juno probably does not include much if any.
In which case you can take a look at http://www.teranews.com for a free
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