Loc: Beautiful Southern California
OK, I give up, what is this usenet I've heard mention here and around the office. And how does it differ from what I know as the internet? Some sites want a monthly fee (for what I don't know) , others say it's free, others claim my own ISP has it, I've yet to find it. Is it illegal or legit? I'm not sure, I am curious and confused. <br><br>
#268724 - 03/03/0612:48 PMRe: What is ...Usenet?
Panic does a nice job of describing it. Scroll down a bit.<br><br>My definition: just about any binary file and discussion topic you could possiblly ever want. Movies, music, apps, OSes, pron, etc. All at server speeds... none of that P2P 21k/sec. crap. Unfortunately, it's not like a P2P app where you search and go get what you want. It sort of requires a commitment to regularly check to groups you're subscribed to in order to see what's been posted. It's daunting for new users cos they see rows and rows of message headers and can't make sense out of it. Plus, binaries get split into segments and have to be rejoined, and that frightens newbies. Panic's app, Unison, does a very nice job of making it more attractive...you can even preview music right off the server.<br><br>Some ISPs offer Usenet access of some sort. But it's usually very limited in some way... like 2GB/month downloads (Comcast does this) or very short message retention—or incomplete listing of groups. I subscribe to Giganews and get full access to Usenet with unlimited downloads and 10 connections for $24.99 a month. Since upgrading to the unlimited plan about two weeks ago, I've downloaded near 25GB of ridiculous fun. It's insane.<br><br>As long as people find Usenet cryptic, it'll remain an undergoround and leave the rest of us in the know with a nice little playground. <br><br>
Loc: United States
Some ISPs offer Usenet access of some sort. But it's usually very limited in some way... like 2GB/month downloads (Comcast does this) or very short message retention—or incomplete listing of groups<br><br>Yeah, that's me - I was attempting to download a series of about 15 binaries and found that I was only able to download about 1 or 2 concurrent files. Not sure if the $24.99 a month is worth it, but I'm sure you can justify it by not paying for all those movie tickets. <br><br>
#268726 - 03/03/0601:13 PMRe: What is ...Usenet?
They have $12.99 for 25GB/month. You can have them cut you off at your limit, or reset your billing cycle when you go over. I used to have that, but now I can just download without concern for my limit. Working on getting every Three Stooges short ever made (well, mostly just the Curly ones and a couple Shemps).<br><br>
Yeah with Easynews you get 20 Gigs/month to download for $9.95. If you don't use the 20 in a month it carries over. And with them if you download through the web you get 20 gigs, but if you use a reader like Thoth or MT Newswatcher you get 30 gigs/month. Most binaries are posted in RAR format and have to be recombined after downloading using a util like UnRAR X or Mac PAR.<br><br> Meek and obedient you follow the leader down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel
Loc: Beautiful Southern California
Can you access usenet when at work? Or do company firewalls come into play. Just reading about this binary stuff is giving me headaches. Although when you mentioned getting the Three Stooges collection, that was very enticing to me.<br><br>
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