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4. Newsgroups

Usenet is a worldwide-distributed discussion system. It consists of a
set of "newsgroups" with names that are classified hierarchically by
Subject. "Articles" or "messages" are "posted" to these newsgroups by
people on computers with the appropriate software -- these articles are
then broadcast to other interconnected computer systems via a wide
variety of networks. Some newsgroups are "moderated"; in these
newsgroups, the articles are first sent to a moderator for approval
before appearing in the newsgroup. Usenet is available on a wide variety
of computer systems and networks, but the bulk of modern Usenet traffic
is transported over either the Internet or UUCP.

»isc.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/what-is/part1/

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-02-17 14:01:53

»A simple Newsgroup Tutorial for all

by WildGod See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-10 13:26:42

You will need a binary newsreader before you will be able to download from Usenet. There are many available but the two common ones used are Grabbit and Newsbin Pro. The first is a simple to use free newsreader while the latter is by far the best binary newsreader available but must be purchased.

Grabbit is available at »www.shemes.com/

Newsbin Pro is available at »www.newsbin.com/

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-02-17 14:02:09

You will first want to contact your ISP and see if Newsgroups are offered to you. Also check to see that alt.binaries are not blocked. All of the newsgroups that begin with Alt.Binaries will contain files in them. If you are allowed access to Newsgroups and alt.binaries are not blocked then you are in luck. Your ISP will provide you with the addresses of the news servers, which you will then have to configure in your binary newsreader. If you have to use a pay service then you will have plenty of choices to make regarding your provider. A few to look at are.

Easynews »www.easynews.com
Giganews »www.giganews.com
Useneserver »www.usenetserver.com

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Hey Hugh, Just a short note to see if you might consider adding our Usenet resource site (http://www.newsadmin.com) to the info within your FAQ. NewsAdmin.Com includes realtime Usenet stats, newsgroup provider comparisons, newsreader reviews, and articles related to events effecting the Usenet community. Based on the feedback we receive, most folks seem to find the info helpful. It's a public site that is free to access, so there are no memberships or registration required. Thanks for your consideration! Best regards, NewsAdmin.Com / Martin staff@newsadmin.com

    2009-02-12 14:07:40



by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-02-17 14:02:21

Thousands upon thousands of posts are made to news servers each day. Retention is how long the posts are stored by the news servers. More active newsgroups will generally have a shorter retention, as they will have to make room for the amount of posts made daily. The provider you pick will have different retention times for their newsgroups.

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-02-17 14:02:33

There is no search engine per say that will show you every post made to Usenet but there are websites that can assist you with what has been posted. Keep in mind that the sites will only show what other users have reported so there will be much more posted than reported. The key here is to register with the sites and also report what you find posted.

Newzbin »www.newzbin.com
NFO:News »www.nfonews.com
Binsearch: »binsearch.info

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by fatness See Profile
last modified: 2009-08-18 08:57:27

You will find that the newsgroups name will contain files that coincide with the newsgroups name. An example would be alt.binaries.vcd, which will contain files that once reconstructed, would create a vcd. Some others to visit are

alt.binaries.vcd
alt.binaries.svcd
alt.binaries.vcd.highspeed
alt.binaries.vcd.repost
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1950s
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1960s
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1970s
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1980s
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.1990s
alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.2000s

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-02-17 14:02:57

The posts made to Usenet will be broken down into chunks. Each post will be the same size except the last post and each will need to be downloaded so that you can process the rar files. These posts will appear as filename.r01, filename.r02 and so on. You will also see posts that appear as filename.p01. These are par files. Par files are used to reconstruct the rar files that are missing from the archive. For every rar you are missing you can substitute one par file. For example if you downloaded 50 rar files and two are incomplete or corrupt you could then download two par files and still be able to reconstruct the archive. FSRaid is a data recovery tool that uses par files.

Winrar »www.rarlab.com
FSRaid »www.fluidstudios.com/fsraid.html

Here is a great link that explains PAR files complete with diagrams. »www.slyck.com/ng.php?page=5
»www.slyck.com/ng.php?page=6

by Hugh Janus See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2004-12-07 16:40:29

Here is a great site to find what you are looking for. It provides clear and complete explanation along with screenshots. Currents, there are guides for Agent and Xnews. A guide for newsbin will be up soon.
»www.slyck.com/ng.php

by twiz20 See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2003-11-17 20:00:25

Okay, here's the deal.

In Newsleecher, you have a file with a certain number of parts.



Here is a shot of Quickpar



As you can see, there are 1,145 blocks total in all of the files.



There are 120 "recovery" blocks available in all of the pars. (In the file name of the .par2, the number after the + indicates how many recovery blocks there are.)

So, as it's been for me when downloading from usenet, I'll end up with a file that has 1 missing part, that'll equate (usually) to 1-3 blocks needed. If I have 3 incomplete files each needing 3 blocks, only 1 par2 file with say 15 "recovery" blocks is needed to fix those files.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • talk about stating the obvious... how the hell do the algorithmns work

    2009-06-07 17:22:31

  • I have mastered downloading Par2 - I have hit the create button and all is ok - so how do I view the movie/files? Chris

    2008-04-24 02:17:43 (cutaussieguy See Profile)



by drew See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2004-07-16 00:48:04


    •Grabit: »www.shemes.com *
    •Xnews: »xnews.newsguy.com/ *
    •Newsleecher: »www.newsleecher.com
    •Binary News Reaper: »bnr2.org/ available for Linux *
    •NZB-O-Matic: »nzb.wordtgek.nl/ (requires .NET framework: »www.microsoft.com/downloads/deta···ylang=en ) *
    •Newsbin Pro: »www.newsbin.com
    •Power-Grab: »www.cosmicwolf.com/ *
    •NZBGet: »sourceforge.net/projects/nzbget/ for Linux/Unix and OSX *
    •Agent: »www.forteinc.com/main/homepage.php

* =free

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Online newsgroup search: http://www.yabsearch.com

    2009-12-30 15:55:45



by nfx See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2004-12-29 20:50:23

Be aware that providers come and go, this limited list.
All dollar amounts are monthly unless otherwise noted, some offer discounts for buying multiple months, Those are NOT listed
Up to date up as of 03-12-2005

Astraweb

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Unlimited $10 Month Unlimited 600 Kbit/s 4
Unlimited DSL $15 Month Unlimited 2 Mbit/s 4
25 GB $10 Once-Off 25 Gigabytes Unlimited Unlimited
65 GB $25 Once-Off 65 Gigabytes Unlimited Unlimited
280 GB $100 Once-Off 280 Gigabytes Unlimited Unlimited

Banter-

Easynews

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
10 GB $10.00 10GB Unlimited Unlimited

Banter-
Offer multiple Ports
HTTP Downloads
Global Search
Roll Over Gigs

Giganews

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Unlimited $24.99 Unlimited Unlimited 4
2GB $7.99 2GB Unlimited 8
10GB $11.99 11GB Unlimited 8

Banter-
Unheard of Retention 50+ days
Unlimited account Rumored to be capped after certain amount
Used by some ISP's

Newscene
 
Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Standard $12.99 5 Gigabytes Unlimited 9
Pro $16.99 10 Gigabytes Unlimited 9
Gold $24.99 20 Gigabytes Unlimited 9
Platinum $39.99 40 Gigabytes Unlimited 9
Double Platinum $69.99 80 Gigabytes Unlimited 9

Banter-

Newsfeeds

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
2GB $4.95 2GB Unclear Unclear
10GB $9.95 10GB Unclear Unclear
25GB $19.95 25GB Unclear Unclear
50GB $24.95 50GB Unclear Unclear

Banter-

Newshosting

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
10GB $10 10GB Unlimited 8
25GB $20 25GB Unlimited 8
50GB $30 50GB Unlimited 8
6 Month Term $50 60GB Unlimited 8
6 Month Term $100 150GB Unlimited 8
6 Month Term $150 300GB Unlimited 8
Unlimited $14.95 Unlimited Unlimited 4

Banter-
Excellent unlimited accounts, preferred among many


Octanews

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Block 1 $7.95 8GB Unlimited 8
Block 2 $13.95 15GB Unlimited 8
Block 3 $26.95 30GB Unlimited 8
Block 4 $86.95 100GB Unlimited 8
Speedcap 1 $4.95 Unlimited 384KB 3
Speedcap 2 $8.95 Unlimited 768Kb 3
Speedcap 3 $12.95 Unlimited 1536Kb 3
Speedcap 4 $19.95 Unlimited 3072kb 3

Banter-
Block accounts Don't expire

Supernews

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
3GB $5.95 3GB Unlimited 4
10GB $10.95 10GB Unlimited 4
20Gb $20.95 20GB Unlimited 4

Banter-
Used by some ISP's

Usenetsever

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Unlimited 14.95 Unlimited 2Mb 4
3 Day 3.00 Unlimited 2Mb 4

Banter-
Rate limit not enforced
Excellent unlimited accounts, preferred among many
Can have up 12 connections using multiple severs

YattaNews

Plan Price Downloads Rate Limit Connections
Package 1 $10 10GB 1mb 8
Package 2 $50 50GB 1mb 8
Package 3 $15 Unlimited 1mb 8
Free Free Unknown 512kb 1

Banter-
BAD Business Practices, Will give out personal information to public
Roll Over Gigs

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Hey there, Not sure if you're still actively maintaining this FAQ, but if so, we were wondering if you might consider adding our Usenet resource site (http://www.newsadmin.com) to the info within your FAQ. NewsAdmin.Com includes realtime Usenet stats, newsgroup provider comparisons, newsreader reviews, and articles related to events effecting the Usenet community. We operate the site full-time, so we make every effort to keep the information current and up-to-date. It's a public site that is free to access, so memberships or registration are not required. Thanks for your consideration! Best regards, NewsAdmin.Com / Martin staff@newsadmin.com

    2009-02-12 14:05:04

  • Suggestion...updated info on Easynews. # $9.98 for 20 Gigabytes or 30 days, which ever comes first. # Roll-Over Gigs:: Your unused bytes are rolled-over into your next billing cycle.

    2008-01-06 00:46:28 (theblonde07 See Profile)



by hitachi369 See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2005-03-12 04:08:41

The following are some of the most popular newsgroup search engines:


    •Newzbin.com: »www.newzbin.com/ *
    •Newzmonster.com: »www.newzmonster.com/ *
    •Ngindex.com: »www.ngindex.com/ *
    •Usenetjunkie.com: »www.usenetjunkie.com/
    •alt.binaries.nl: »alt.binaries.nl/ *
    •Binnews.com: »www.binnews.com/
    •Easynews.com: »www.easynews.com/
    •Audiofind.com: »www.audiofind.com/ *
    •Newzsearch.com: »www.newzsearch.com/ *


* = free to search

by nfx See Profile edited by removed See Profile
last modified: 2005-11-26 15:03:50