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Newsgroups - How To?

Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
I've managed to avoid using a newsgroup so far, but that trend is likely about to end as Borland doesn't seem to have a forums site to discuss their products and only a few newsgroups appear to be available.
So, generally speaking, how the heck do I use/participate in a newsgroup?

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Frank Carver

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 6920
1. Find an ISP that carries it and allows you access (typically this will be whoever you get your internet connection from) Find from them the dns name or IP address of their "news server". Often if you get mail from, you can get news from, for example.
2. Run some sort of news reader software and point it at the news server from (1), tell it to load the list of newsgroups and wait for a while as it loads them.
3. Trawl along the (huge) list of newsgroups until you find the one(s) you are interested in and tell your newsreader to "subscribe" to them.
4. Then, each time you start your newsreader software it should check the news server to see what new messages are available in that newsgroup.
Now, as for newsreader software you have a big choice. It may be that your browser or email client already has a newsreader (Netscape, Opera and Outlook Express do, for example), or you may want to download one from one of the shareware repositories (I have successfully used xnews, which I got from cnet or tucows or somewhere like that). They all work slightly differently, and which you prefer is very much a personal choice.
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Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
Makes sense. Thank you.
Dirk Schreckmann

Joined: Dec 10, 2001
Posts: 7023
With Google one can read and post to newsgroups with just a web browser.
I agree. Here's the link:
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