The "watsit" thread

How can a friend who uses AOL for an ISP read the RCM thread
on Watsit ?
I gave him the URL for the "blog" (whatever that stand for?)
so he can at least look at the pictures, but half of the "fun"
is seeing what other people guess. :-)
...lew...
Reply to
Lew Hartswick
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1) Start AOL 2) Minimize it 3) Fire up Internet browser of choice 4) Go to Google Groups 5) Search for "what is it" in rec.crafts.metalworking
Reply to
Steve Walker
Lew Hartswick wrote in news:wa8if.1585$Hk1.905 @newsread1.news.pas.earthlink.net:
Suggest to your friend he get a "Real" ISP.
Reply to
Anthony
I don't know about Watsit.
However, google groups is essentially Usenet, and carries this group. Have him go to google, and click on groups, then search for metalworking.
Reply to
Don Stauffer
He can't. But he can access it via google groups. Th' latters interface is not at all intuitive when it comes to replying, i.e, including quoting and attributions. Below is info on how to overcome that using google groups so one can reply to posts in accordance with standard usenet protocol.
How to quote with Google Groups: [The following was written by spacecriter (Bill C) snipped-for-privacy@aol.com, with some minor editing for format.]
The key to quoting with the current interface is to NOT use the "Reply" link at the bottom of the article.
First, click "Show options" at the top of the article next to the poster's name. Then click "Reply" at the bottom of the headers that show up on the next screen. The reply window will include attribution to the message author, and full quoted text of the message.
Haven't figured out how to automatically include a sig yet, but cut and paste from a plain text file isn't too difficult.
Snarl
Reply to
snarl
Or just let him/her stay with an ISP they're comfortable with and teach them how to use google groups properly.
Snarl
Reply to
snarl
Thanks fellows. I had to do a little rooting around till I figured out the GOOGLE groups bit myself and it's still a long way short of the convience of rcm with usenet. Anyway I sent him a complete "play by play" of the google group advanced search that should get him going. ...lew...
Reply to
Lew Hartswick
Or -- get an account with a third-party usenet provider like "newsguy". Something a bit over $9.00 per month for any reasonable amount of news, and you can use a newsreader which you are familiar with, or download their own ones (for Windows).
The newsreader has to be capable of logging in with a username and a password (which really should *not* be the username and password which you use on other accounts).
Enjoy, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols
snipped-for-privacy@trippin.net wrote in news: snipped-for-privacy@4ax.com:
Google sux, plain and simple, as does AOL. AOL is a virus that you intentionally infect your pc with. The ONLY way to get fully rid of AOL once it has been installed is to format the harddrive. Ask any of your personal IT buddies, you don't have to believe me.
IMHO, AOL is a crutch for people who do not want to take the time to learn to use the internet, or the pc they own, or the software available to do what they want to do.
A news reader is for reading newsgroups, and it does that task exceptionally well, once you take the time to learn how to use it.
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Anthony

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