Help? need a good easy newsgroup reader

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Fjx1, Jan 29, 2005.

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    Fjx1 Guest

    I had been using AOL to read newsgroups but they are dropping the service. I
    have a cable connection. What would you recommend as a good newsreader to use?


    Fjx1, Jan 29, 2005
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    ColynG© Guest

    ColynG©, Jan 29, 2005
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  3. Assuming you are using Windows, I use an old version of Netscape (4.8),
    which you can still download, if you like. I find it the fastest
    newsreader available. The down side is that it won't handle yEnc
    binaries, which are becoming fairly common. You could probably use
    yProxy to solve that problem.

    An updated version, called Thunderbird, is available free from Mozilla
    (or you can use the full version of Mozilla, which includes browser,
    newsreader, and mail:

    I use Xnews for yEnc binaries, which is also free, and will handle
    regular news items:

    Finally, as another post suggests, you can download Free Agent, which is
    an excellent news reader, or the pay version, to get yEnc capability.
    James Robinson, Jan 29, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    If AOL is dropping the service, you're going to need more than a reader,
    you're going to need a service, too! EasyNews is pretty good for $10 a

    For text based groups such as this one, Outlook Express or Mozilla's native
    reader work just fine. I've been using Outlook Express since 1998, and I
    have no complaints. For binaries, you need Forte's Agent, or something like
    it. If you go with EasyNews, though, they've got an html interface for
    binaries that obviates the need for a reader.
    Matt Clara, Jan 30, 2005
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    Roxy Durban Guest

    The best reader I have ever used is Pan, which usually comes with Linux.

    You can get a free Windows version of it from
    but you will also have to download and install the latest GTK Runtime
    libraries for it to work.

    Pan allows you to filter just about anything. Crossposts, individuals,
    headers, messageID's, etc.

    You can also get your news for free from the following server:

    So, if AOL is shutting down newsgroups, maybe we'll see less of Annika.
    Roxy Durban, Jan 30, 2005
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    R.Schenck Guest

    (Fjx1) on 29 Jan 2005 posted
    I use X-news. Apparently its not being updated anymore, but it does a well
    enough job. It also allows scoring of posters and threads which is a plus.
    R.Schenck, Jan 30, 2005
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