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Are there any users of UseNet in here? For the first time I actually wanted to start using it. I just found a nice and free NNTP server. I am using Mozilla Thunderbird for my client. The only thing I don't like about Thunderbird is that I cannot remove posts that I do not want to view. What are your recommended clients(Windows and *nix)?

What discussion groups/news groups do you guys subscribe to? I am interested in anything technical(hardware, OS's(BSD's, *nix), hacking, phreaking, etc.)

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Are there any users of UseNet in here? For the first time I actually wanted to start using it. I just found a nice and free NNTP server. I am using Mozilla Thunderbird for my client. The only thing I don't like about Thunderbird is that I cannot remove posts that I do not want to view. What are your recommended clients(Windows and *nix)?

What discussion groups/news groups do you guys subscribe to? I am interested in anything technical(hardware, OS's(BSD's, *nix), hacking, phreaking, etc.)

Alas, although it was once an excellent and predominant medium for online communication, especially prior to the proliferation of the World Wide Web, Usenet since the onset of Eternal September and particularly now in 2009 has been a wasteland filled with little but spam, spam, and more spam. I am also interested in the answer to this, as it would be excellent to communicate via any groups that remain active and spam-free.

--The Philosopher

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I have been browsing public nntp servers lately as well and I could imagine such a place would be a formidable communication channel to this day, especially if you are having trouble with software, networking, or whatever. Like The Philosopher said, there is a lot of information that shouldn't be on these servers. For example, there was a post of the like:

This man has done bad things, blah blah blah

Then all of his personal info including Name, DOB, SSN, Address, & Phone# was posted for everyone to see.

The poster then invited people to cause torment in this man's life.

Anyways, I have been using windows mail because that comes with vista(eww) and seems to work fine.

Thunderbird under Linux. I've been using newzbot.com to find interesting groups but for right now I have been reading all of the personal garbage in alt.2600. Btw, news.nucleus.com has a nice, diverse list.

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I grew up on USENET back before the WWW existed. It was awesome...emphasis on the "WAS". Eventually, it got spammed...hard...it is easy to SPAM by nature. Also, the emphasis switched from discussion to piracy. Now, it is still somewhat useful for discussion, but that has been replaced by forums such as these. AS far as piracy, it has also been replaced by P2P. IT doesn't really serve much purpose anymore.

I do like it and want it to stick around as an alternative and in case something happens to the HTTP protocol so we have an "escape route" as it were.

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Yeah, forums and SPAM really killed UseNet. Anyway, I always like Forte Agent as a client. Not sure if it has been updated in the past few years though.

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See I never experienced USENET before it evolved into what it is today. What you say Stank about "escape routes" makes me think about how many other ways exist for hackers can connect to each other and share information; or how many other application layer protocols have been invented and are in use today. Without http though, we would be probably be using gopher.

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I've been using newzbot.com to find interesting groups but for right now I have been reading all of the personal garbage in alt.2600.

alt.2600 was the first group I looked up since it was stuck in my head from past readings. As you mentioned it was full of garbage along with alt.hackers.

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Are there any users of UseNet in here? For the first time I actually wanted to start using it. I just found a nice and free NNTP server. I am using Mozilla Thunderbird for my client. The only thing I don't like about Thunderbird is that I cannot remove posts that I do not want to view. What are your recommended clients(Windows and *nix)?

What discussion groups/news groups do you guys subscribe to? I am interested in anything technical(hardware, OS's(BSD's, *nix), hacking, phreaking, etc.)

You've found a nice and free NNTP server? Would you mind sharing the info on that with me? I've been looking for one myself. Even if UseNet is pretty much a dead end, I'd still like to check into some other places (if there are any).

I am also interested in the answer to this, as it would be excellent to communicate via any groups that remain active and spam-free.

--The Philosopher

Same here.

People -

If anyone has any, please post - we await you. :D

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newzbot.com is a good search engine for newsgroup site; keep in mind a lot of the servers you find in this search engine will not grant you the ability to post, although there are some that will let you.

I'm watching some of the groups on news.nucleus.com, a free/public nntp server.

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You've found a nice and free NNTP server? Would you mind sharing the info on that with me? I've been looking for one myself. Even if UseNet is pretty much a dead end, I'd still like to check into some other places (if there are any).

Try x-privat.org

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newzbot.com is a good search engine for newsgroup site; keep in mind a lot of the servers you find in this search engine will not grant you the ability to post, although there are some that will let you.

I'm watching some of the groups on news.nucleus.com, a free/public nntp server.

Thanx. As I figured, when ya want something useful, seek a hacker for the answer.

"Supposedly", my ISP had a newsgroup server. That's what one tech support person said. Then another said they did not. Still another said they did but it was for people who subscribed to a different internet package than what I had and would require an upgrade. Still another rep said not only did they have one but walked me through the steps to set up access to it. After all this stupidity, I gave up since trying to access it wasn't working for whatever reason :blink: . Nice to see someone has one that works, finally! :cool:

Swell. I just set mine up for news.nucleus.com and it actually works..... wow. Thought I'd never see the day.

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damn... did not realize that these things were still around... it has to be around 1996-1997 since i used a usenet group... back when my $4,000 P2 was one of the fastest computers out there... haven't seen the need for using it since the WWW has evolved from webrings, and the advances in P2P programs... still, sounds like it would be nice to get on a server for nostalgic purposes..

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Philosopher and Stank are right, don't waste your time in the discussion groups, they're all spammed to holy hell and navigating them is a headache. However, the Phreak groups still had some good posters last time I checked (a couple years ago), some of them the ex-binrev/default crowd.

But I don't know about Usenet "NOT" being great anyomore. I'd be lost without my usenet porn, it's beautiful, beautiful stuff man.

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I check google groups, and everything got spamed.

There is also problems with Usenet, some Usenet reveals your e-mail when you post.

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