How to access usenet ?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I want to access Usenet newgroups. I don't know how. Any idea ?

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  • Reply 1 of 13
    kalikali Posts: 634member
    Ok, I've found Unison, an Usenet access app, and found my internet provider server for Usenet access. But what about the User name and password ? Is there a way to log in as an anonymous user ?
  • Reply 2 of 13
    don't waste your time with your ISP, they won't carry any good binary groups. Goto www.easynews.com and try them out. They have an web interface so you can download through your browser, they also provide a super-powerful searh engine that you can use to find whatever you need.
  • Reply 3 of 13
    kalikali Posts: 634member
    But you must pay to get access there !
  • Reply 4 of 13
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kali

    ...Is there a way to log in as an anonymous user ?



    LOL ... now i WONDER ... just what is it this guy wants from usenet ???
  • Reply 5 of 13
    midwintermidwinter Posts: 10,060member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by KingOfSomewhereHot

    LOL ... now i WONDER ... just what is it this guy wants from usenet ???



    Surely he just wants to read old posts on alt.ensign.wesley.crusher.die.die.die and alt.barney.die.die.die
  • Reply 6 of 13
    kalikali Posts: 634member
    There are lots of newsgroups discussions about physics there, and I already pay my internet provider. Why can't I access Usenet too without paying MORE cash to a company !? This is my frustration with this...
  • Reply 7 of 13
    midwintermidwinter Posts: 10,060member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Kali

    There are lots of newsgroups discussions about physics there, and I already pay my internet provider. Why can't I access Usenet too without paying MORE cash to a company !? This is my frustration with this...



    If that's all you want, why not use google groups?
  • Reply 8 of 13
    midwintermidwinter Posts: 10,060member
    OK. A more helpful post...your ISP *should* provide access to usenet, but the reason people generally pay is because ISPs often weed them out (to get rid of the hacking sites, the child porn, the file sharing, etc...)
  • Reply 9 of 13
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,171moderator
    Quote:

    Originally posted by midwinter

    OK. A more helpful post...your ISP *should* provide access to usenet, but the reason people generally pay is because ISPs often weed them out (to get rid of the hacking sites, the child porn, the file sharing, etc...)



    This is what makes me laugh about usenet. People hype it up saying it's the only true way to have freedom of speech because it's not censored like online forums are. Then you find out you have to pay money to a company to give you access to a limited range of groups that they decide. How is that better? I admit that some stuff shouldn't be accessed but things like hacking aren't always bad because they can uncover security flaws and file sharing can help you get a certain soundtrack that is very rare.



    I would have thought the best way to access newsgroups would be in a decentralized way like Limewire. You shouldn't need to subscribe to a service to exchange information freely.



    There are free usenet servers:



    http://www.usenet.com/articles/usenet_free.htm



    but they often block a lot of groups. I personally use Google groups now and again.
  • Reply 10 of 13
    kalikali Posts: 634member
    A long time ago, I was able to access usenet from my university, while I was a student. The science (physics) newsgroups were very interesting. Sadly, I can't remember what was the typical "anonymous" username and password.
  • Reply 11 of 13
    sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Ah, late 90's with free UseNet from the University/ College.

    alt.binary.pictures..... fill in the blanks

    The child pr0n that used to litter the UseNet was not funny though.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    cesarcesar Posts: 102member
    our friends from Panic could help you to anwser your questions... follow the links



    http://panic.com/unison/

    http://panic.com/unison/#about
  • Reply 13 of 13
    trobertstroberts Posts: 700member
    YottaNews is a free usenet server. There are some restriction/limitations for the free account.
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