Slyck’s Video Guide to the Newsgroups – Quickstart – Old

Learn how to use the Newsgroups using’s Guide to the Newsgroups. The complete web guide can be found here: There you can find all the information and LOTS more that we talk about in this video tutorial.
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How do you get usenet binary pictures for free?

Question by Chris Perkins: How do you get usenet binary pictures for free?
And what free software is available for viewing and/or editing the photos?

Best answer:

Answer by Tweeter & the MonkeyMan
Wow – oldschool

1st : Find a service provider that: — still carries / offers NNTP services, and still includes the alt.binaries.* group(s) you are interested in. There are still a few good NNTP providers, but I don’t know if you will easily find one for free. (more later)

2nd: almost any modern email client has a NNTP/ ( Newsgroup protocol) feature.
A lot like an email server, you ATTACH/ IDENTIFY the provider’s server (or more than one)
provide your username/ password
log into the server to download a list of Newsgroups carried.
Choose to subscribe to certain newsgroups, or manually re-browse each time you connect.
( Try Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, or programs that are pure newsreaders)

3rd: most of those binary pictures will be UUencoded, encoded with some other program, and may be split into several files.
– you need to get every file. More modern uploaders will include a manifest file and a couple of error-correction files, in case there is a small error – it can be dealt with.
– last time I checked UUencode is open-source, and included in many NewsReaders by default.
If you have every file – ( the folks who share will usually name the files 001/004, 002/004, 004/004 etc.)
then your program can UU-decode back to a jpeg or dj (or whatever image format) file.

Newsgroups are just as anonymous as the web (or not).
News providers tend to offer free services as ” just a taste”.
They may give you a short trial period, or only a few downloads.
Also, they tend to misplace or drop messages faster, so your chances of finding all parts of your image decrease.
A simple photo at 100dpi or something similar might be in one message.
A complex scan of a high-quality color photo might take 30-50 messages.

Any operating system (Windows, Unix, Linux, MacOS) includes basic image viewer software, and usually editing is freely available, too. ( Linux – Gimp, Windows – paint)

What do you think? Answer below!

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Usenet is Older Than the Web But What is It?

Usenet is Older Than the Web But What is It?

Ask almost anyone to describe the internet and they’ll almost certainly paint a picture of the World Wide Web. What most people dont know that, right there alongside the familiar mix of web pages sits another service thats even older and just as large – UseNet. Every day millions of users all over the world connect to UseNet via usenet servers such as Easynews or GigaNews. These services provide a web or newsreader interface to Usenet that is an alternative to peer to peer (P2P) services such as Limewire or Kazaa. The main benefits of such wed based services are many-fold :-

1. Generally faster – because you are not relying on a distributed set of peers, you know that all of the parts of the files are right there on the usenet server just waiting for you to download them. The only barrier to spped is generally the speed of your ISP connection.
2. Multiple downloads are supported. Using software such as Flashget or FileZilla these services allow you to download multiple files simultaneously to achieve better speeds than torrent or P2P services
3. More secure. Because they use standard HTTP protocols (some services offer https if you are really paranoid) you can employ the same security standards as you do for general surfing suck as anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware software
4. Automatic thumbnail previews and autounrar. The one drawback I have found in my many years of using binary new services is that, in order to speed up uploads, many posters have had to spit large files (such as movies) up into smaller parts that then have to be joined when downloaded. The commercial services, such as Easynews, however do this job for you automatically nowadays and even provide handy thumbnail previews of the file so you can judge quality etc.

Usenet is very well established, for example Easynews has been providing premium, high quality access to Usenet for 11 years, and I myself have been a subscriber for over 7 years continuously – so good is the quality of service. It is the only Usenet service I know of that provides a web interface which means you do not need anything special to access it – just a standard web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox will do just fine.

People use Usenet for a variety of reasons. You can take part in one of millions of text based discussions on every topic under the sun (and a few you have never , ever thought of – I promise). Alternatively, you can use a subscription based service such as Easynews to download files such as movies, music, mp3s, pictures, and software.

The amount of data stored on usenet is also mind-boggling. For example the Easynews web site contains every file posted to every Usenet newsgroup in the last 25 days. That’s over 8 million files with hundreds of thousands of new files every day.

The only downside with these services is that, of course, being commercail there is a subscription fee to pay. Typical rates are about for 20 Gigabytes or 30 days, whichever comes first. This is only to be expected, however for the level of service being provided.

So, if you like the sound of Usenet, and would like to try it for yourself, why not head on over to and check it out, it could be the start of a new passion!