Best subscription usenet service?

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  1. Jereme D

    Jereme D Stunt Coordinator

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    With Charter, I'm limited to 15k/s download from their usenet server, while my bandwidth is capped at 1.5 megabits.

    Does anyone here use one of the large pay services like Supernews? I think Charter uses them, so I know they carry a wide variety of groups. I'm not really concerned about anonymity.
     
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    I use Giganews which has partnered with Comcast. I only have the free 1gb download limit service that is part of the Comcast deal. (1 gb is plenty of news for me). I cannot say what the independant "pay for" service is like, but I can say they have just about all the groups one could want, and the retention of articles is excellent.

    There doesn't seem to be any throttling of bandwidth going on. I have downloaded some large binaries at a fast rate.

    I travel a lot, and am away from home for for a week or two at a time. When I get home and catch up, rarely do I ever get an expired article.
     
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    Supernews has a very good propigation rate, and most articles come through complete. However, they have a very short retention - usually 3 to 4 days, and the price is somewhat high if I remember correctly. Luckily my ISP uses Supernews, so I have free unlimited. [​IMG]
    Easynews is the best service, IMO. $10 or $15 a month (I can't remember which), and you have a 6GB transfer limit. Very private as well. Their retention rate is huge - usually 30 to 50 days!! They have a free 3 day/ 1GB trial, so it's worth checking out. My transfer rates from Easynews are much higher than Supernews.
    -Dave
     
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    I use TeraNews. You pay $4 to sign up. The Free service allows you to download 50Mb per day. I also have Charter and get very fast download speeds.
    Randy T
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  5. Jereme D

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    Your bandwidth isn't restricted on usenet with Charter, Randy?

    I long for the days of 4 megabit downloads with @home. *sigh*

    Thanks for the other suggestions. I will check out those services.
     
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    No, my bandwith isn't restricted using TeraNews with Charter. I just added the TeraNews account information into Outlook Express. It was very easy!

    Randy T
     
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    Easynews is $10/month/6 gig limit. No complaints!
     
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    If you are planning on downloading files, stay away from Outlook Express. Many posters are switching to a to new encoding standard called yEnc, with reduces filesize. Outlook Express does not support this, and users must use a standalone decoder. I've seen countless posts by people using O.E. that have never-ending troubles on usenet.
    You might want to consider a different newsreader, such as Xnews, which is free & integrates yEnc seamlessly so you never even know it's there. [​IMG] Even outside of the yEnc issue, other programs are much more efficient at identifying complete posts, decoding, etc...
    -Dave
     
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    Right now, I'm use a binary downloader called GrabIt. It's really good for downloading multipart archives/files, as it only displays those that have all portions available. It also has a feature called 'incremental update' which downloads new headers, then updates the display to show files that are now available in full.

    It decodes most files fine, but doesn't have built-in support for yEnc. So, I use an external decoder called UUD32Win.

    I've also used Forte Free agent, Tifny (terrible program at the time I tried it), and SBNews.

    EDIT: I see what you mean now, Randy. The way that you worded you last sentence made me think that you mean that you're getting fast speeds with Charter's usenet. :)
     
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    Update: I signed up for the trial with Easynews. The speed is great. It's maxing out my 1.5 megabits. :-D Looks like I'm going to be at my 1 gig limit in couple more hours!
     
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    Easynews is the best! I regularly get 400 kbytes/sec (3.2 megabits or more). If I have two downloads going at the same time, they drop down to 300 kbytes/sec each, for a total bandwidth of 4.8 megabits!
    Jereme, your download limit should be 6 gigs per month. If you go over 6 gigs, you can wait until the next billing period or pay an additional month's worth of bandwidth.
    I LOVE the web interface...oh my god, the thumbnail feature is awesome. They are serious when porn makes up most of the internet's bandwidth. [​IMG]
    BTW, I use www.binnews.com to supplement my easynews addiction. It is a pay site, but indespensible when you're looking for certain files. Check it out.
     
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    I have a 1 gig limit, as I am just on the trial right now.

    I haven't even checked out the web interface, yet. Gotta get to that.
     
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    GigaNews works very very well for me. I went with the 6GB limit, works well. You can even set it up so that if you go over that 6GB limit (it's normally 6GB/month) the account gets "recycled", a monthly fee is drawn from your credit card and you have 6 new fresh GB.
    That rarely happens for me but it still works out well on a $ per megabyte ratio.
    The best software for downloading binaries off news is without a doubt (in my opinion of course) a small finnish program called BNR.
    http://www.binnetwork.net/~bnr/bnr.html
    Free, fast, works beautifully. Highly recommended.
     
  14. Max Leung

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    Thanks kimmo for the link...I'll try that out one day.

    As for Easynews, one thing that really bothers me about the web interface is the awful name mangling it does on filenames. Spaces and punctuation marks are all replaced by underscores, and it sometimes, but not always, replaces dashes with underscores too! Grrrr really annoying when verifying file integrity with the accompanying .SFV or .PAR lists which have the correct filenames coded into them.
     
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    Max,

    Do you use FSRaid for PAR files? That will automagically rename the files indexed in the PAR.

    I've also noticed that some files don't show up in the web interface, but they will if you use a newsreader. Strange.

    -Dave
     
  16. Max Leung

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    Dave, the web interface lags behind the NNTP server by quite a bit...often 24 hours behind, as their machines have to spend a lot of time decoding every binary!
    FSRaid? Hmm, hopefully google will tell me where to find it...ah found it! Boy this should make my life of sin easier! [​IMG]
     
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    Easynews
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    EASYNEWS!!!

    I can't recommend them enough. 6 GB a month for $9.98! Plus you can get an additional 2 GBmonth by running the Cancer Research software on your system.

    I've only been a member for one month, but I've already used up over 20 GB. When you go over 6 GB, you just pay another $10... The web interface is awesome, easy to use.

    Seriously, I can't recommend these guys enough. The retention rate is always around 40 days.

    OK, I do agree about the web interface and the name mangling with the ZIP files... however, I wrote a small app that allows you to quickly and painlessly rename all files of whatever type you want in a certain directory... so, if you want to make all XXX files that have underscores have dashes instead, just run the app... or, you could always rename the files back to what they should be, and you wont have any probs with the PAR files. I use SmartPAR, but there are other PAR programs out there that do other tricks.

    PAR files = the best file type since MP3
     
  18. Dave F

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    FSRaid (link included this time [​IMG] ). Sorry about that, Max. I must've been in airhead mode.
    -Dave
     

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