I am on ATT formerly SW Bell. Yesterday a.p.b.w. disappeared. In OE I did
a search for alt.binaries.pictures.wood. and got a blank window. I deleted
alt. at the front and free.binaries.pictures.woodworking showed up as being
That's great for those with Comcast cable TV.
I'd have to really NEED a.b.p.w to trade back down to cable from DirecTV.
There are so many free places to put pics online... One can simply post
On another note, I think I pay something like $9/mo. for full on hosting
for my own domain, and I get my own email addresses and a web site!
You could pay a cheapie host, give everyone you know email addresses,
post all the pics you like, and not even bother with the web site, and
it's still cheap.
Obviously if you are not that interested in participating in a binary
group, it's not important.
That's not even close to being reasonable for groups like
Alt.Binary.Photos.Originals where hundreds of pictures are posted each
Well, for $50/month I get up to 6 email accounts, 2 for me and one each
for my wife and kids. I also get a free web address with each of those
where we can all create our own web page. Ken Vaughn who posts here has
a free page here (http://home.comcast.net/~kvaughn65 /) I also get a
free Giganews account where all newsgroups are available, including
binaries like ABPO.
I don't consider Comcast cheap by any stretch, but if you want all the
services they provide, it is worth it, and I particularly like the fact
they provide binary groups for free, and if/when they drop them, I will
complain whether it falls on deaf ears or not. I doubt I will pay
anyone separately though, first because I'm cheap, second because I
think most of them will disappear if the two major ISP's drop them.
Good point. Come to think it, most all internet providers include some
sort of web space. Since I own a domain, I forget that most access
accounts include that. So in reality, just about anyone has an easy and
free method to share photos.
To clarify, the domain I pay $9 to host includes my own domain name,
lots of storage, and unlimited email addresses, and has nothing to do
with my provider. There's even a nice web-based email client. Since I
own the domain name, my email or web address doesn't change if I change
providers. I really don't need internet access at all to use it. I can
post to it or read my mail from any public access tube.
If I really felt binary usenet access was that important, I'd buy access
via the many providers, including Giganews, that's been posted here. If
I switched back to cable in my area, my bill would climb at least
$50/mo., We'd lose our favorite channels, and worse, I'd have to teach
my wife to use new equipment! <G>
I am sticking with Verizon as ISP, since unlimited US phone service,
20/5 Mbps internet, and Fios TV cost me ~$120/mo, including 2 STBs (no
HD yet). I bought 25GB on news.astraweb.com for $10, and have used in 1
month only 50 MB. I use Xnews (free), Eudora (now free), so I don't
really need Forte, APN or not. But to each his/her own!!!
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