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Posted: 9/16/2004 9:27:22 AM EST
I keep seeing people refer to news groups with titles formatet like alt.whatever.

How does one find and read these news groups?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 9:32:13 AM EST
You need a news reader.

Some mail clients support NNTP (the protocol for news)

There are lots of text discussion groups, and then there are the BINARY newsgroups.

That's where people UUENCODE binary files into lots of ASCII text message formatted files and upload them to the newsgroup as a collection. Then when people who use a binary newsreader download all of those files, the newsreader puts the original binary file back together again.

Examples of binary files are.... executable program files, audio and video media files, etc...

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:36:54 PM EST
Newsgroups are part of a "system" (lack of a better word) that developed at the same time as and nominally not part of the Internet. Basically they are a collection of interconnected bulletin boards very similar to forums like this but are on servers that only house newsgroups. At the time they were evolving they were the best and cheapest and most efficient way for mostly technical professionals and computer geeks to post files, interchange data. , etc.

Binarf files are primarily pictures for hobbyists or enthusiasts. You know Trains ,porn, Planes, porn, Anime, porn, maps. porn. Did I mention there are a lot of porn binary groups.

This may work it may not, your initial set-up with your ISP very likely set up a newsreader.

Take a look at the lower left hand side of your Windows browser, next to the "Start" button, you may see an E for Explorer and an envelope.

Click on the envelope, you may get a page that shows some kind of news. xxx.xx or similar. Click on that and then go up to the File drop down and select subscribe, that may give you a very long lisst or a blank box.

Type in something you are intereted in guns, breasts, etc highlight a line that looks interesting and hit subscribe. You should see a list of messages or it may ask you how many headers to download.

Once you download double click on something on the list and see what you get.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:38:00 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 2:38:44 PM EST by ar50troll]
Newsgroups are the actual Internet. Most people say surf the net, when they are actually using the graphical URL nased WEB.
Your ISP likeley gave you news access, but it sucks. retention is key on USENet. Dedicated news is the way to go if you use it much at all....

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 2:40:21 PM EST
An easy way to access the groups:


www.google.com/grphp?hl=en&tab=wg&q=
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:42:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
Newsgroups are part of a "system" (lack of a better word) that developed at the same time as and nominally not part of the Internet.




You must be NEW to the "internet thing"
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:46:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Janus:
An easy way to access the groups:


www.google.com/grphp?hl=en&tab=wg&q=



Not if you are trying to download files. It is really useful for searching for info though.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:49:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1776:

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
Newsgroups are part of a "system" (lack of a better word) that developed at the same time as and nominally not part of the Internet.




You must be NEW to the "internet thing"



+1
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 7:01:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 7:02:01 PM EST by napalm]

Originally Posted By Magnus357:
I keep seeing people refer to news groups with titles formatet like alt.whatever.

How does one find and read these news groups?




n00b


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