Can we get some information here on how everyone else is accessing News Groups, which ISP's are being used, etc. I think it's time for me to leave AOL. They're discontinuing access to news groups the first part of 2005. Their solution is to use google. I'm not happy with their solution! Haven't really been happy w/ AOL for a while. Mike Thomas Lock & Key For an email list discussion of locksmith related marketing concepts join us:
Outlook's been a mess of security holes; I don't recommend anyone use it for anything. There are lots of other newsreaders avaiable which are more trustworthy; I'm using the one built into Mozilla but there are plenty of standalones.
As far as pictures/files goes: They don't belong on a non-binary newsgroup, period. Post 'em on a website somewhere and point folks who are interested to them. Remember, some poor souls are still trying to read newsgroups through a system that charges by the byte downloaded, or via a slow modem connection; have pity on them and don't dump more data on them than they want. (A picture may be worth a thousand words, but even highly compressed it also _costs_ like a thousand words.)
Unfortunately I don't have RR I have AOL. They have the same parent company but are seperate enities. AOL is discontinuing News Groups. I don't know what RR is doing. RR is not available where I am because AOL is. For the readers information and to show my reason for asking the question I have cut and pasted the intercept I get when accessing NG's.
Please Note: The AOL Newsgroup service will be discontinued in early 2005.
For members using AOL over a dial-up connection, you will no longer be able to access Newsgroups. If you have a separate high-speed connection, you can contact your broadband provider to see if they offer Newsgroups. Newsgroup services can often be accessed through a third party reader, such as Mozilla Thunderbird
Alternatively, you can access Newsgroups via Google at
We apologize for this inconvenience.<<Unquote
I need an alternative way to read NG's and I don't picture goggle being more than a temporary solution. That's why I asked what others are using. Thanks all, for the responses.
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there is a couple of web pages, you enter in your phone prefix, and it tells you all the companies that are available to you..
FYI, AOL has been censoring emails for some time as well. I forwarded one that I got, on to an AOL member, and it came back-unable to deliver.. reason (go to this web page), and in the email was a LINK to a web page they had 'gotten several complaints about', so, they just dumped all emails that had that (and who know HOW many others on the same list) into the trash. the receiver never saw it..
Glad to hear that Key. You did not strike me as the type to religiously update your OS and programs with every patch the moment it comes out from Microsoft. Good for you!
You must be running an excellent virus scanner, since MS has a policy that they will not warn anyone of security problems with their products until they have a patch ready to fix it. Fortunately, they also decided to issue patches only once a month to make it easier to track the fixes, so you are only vulnerable to new viruses for less than a month at a time, provided they create a fix in that month.
The US Gov has recommeneded that US employees not use Internet Explorer, and Outlook is closely tied to IE, so I'd expect that to fall in the same category.
BTW, using Mozilla to read usenet or read mail does not require that the mail be "web based'. It has a mail client and newsreader client too.
I'm using news.individual.net too. It's faster than my old AT+T server and it's free.
I'm currently going through all the one month free trials for ISP's that I can find. I tried AOL a few years ago and hated it and moved to AT+T. AT+T worked great but the 21.95 price is too high IMO. I then tried Netscape ISP and that takes over your system too much and is like AOL. They both ask you every 5 seconds if you want to stay on line. Now I'm on PeoplePC. It's ok because it has a smart dialer that you can put 10 or 20 local numbers into and it always connects me at 50.6 kbps every time with faster throughput than AT+T which was the best I'd tried before PeoplePC. You do have to cancel a few start-up menu task that it installs though, a PPCRunonce program and a pesky PPCLink program. It's easy to do by typing msconfig in the run dialog box.
I run OE 6 with the free AVG anti-virus software, the free Zone-Alarm firewall, the free Ad-Aware 6 spyware scanner, and just to make sure I also use the free beta version of Microsoft Anti-Spyware which scans real time. Even though it's a Microsoft beta it works great with no problems or conflicts with my other third party software.