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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by SLIM, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. SLIM

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    Ok guys can any one tell mewhat a newsgroup is as i think i get one free from my isp.
    All so haw do you use them any info / help would be nice thatks a lot
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    They were the predecessor to the old bulletin board systems of the late 80s and early 90s and the web boards of today. A newsgroup can be thought of as a forum on a web board, and the entire collection of newsgroups is called Usenet, again a term from the 70s.

    In theory, and to some extent in practice, they provide for threaded discussions just like those here. There are a collection of groups for discussing pretty much most subjects you can think of, some are actually useful, eg. the 'comp' groups for IT info. All contain an amount (sometimes a large amount) of spam and virus/trojans looking for some fool to download them.

    More often though they're used to post binary files, by far the largest proportion being porn (of all sorts!) and pirated music, films and software .. and before someone leaps in, yes I KNOW there are legal files posted too but as a percentage of the total they're minute. :)

    Newsgroups have names split into sections separated by '.'. For example, many people here who use Usenet will be looking at alt.binaries.hdtv because that group is where hidef movies recorded (illegaly) off [mainly] US cable TV channels are posted.

    Your ISP's news service will be useless if you want to use Usenet for this, the messages will be mainly incomplete and often the interesting groups will be missing. For any serious downloading of binaries you need to subscribe to a 'premium' news provider.

    Hope this gives you an idea of what newsgroups are.
     
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    Newsgroups are good - use Outlook Express if you have it and you can use your ISP - there are a few relevant news groups uk.media.dvd uk.tech.digital-tv are two.

    The main advantage is that you can download once a day then read off line.
     
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    ok thanks' guy im looking @ getting newsbin pro any good ?.
     
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    Newsbin is certainly one of the more used binary grabbers, NewsLeecher is another I've looked at, but I use one I wrote myself so can't suggest which one would be 'best', Newsbin is more mature, NewsLeecher is newer and has some nice little extras.

    You may want to look at DVDRS.net, they list several news readers and other interesting software to the binary collector. ;)
     

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