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Sam Spade

Sorry my termonology is wrong but my cable company set me up with
news.optonline.net on my xp pc. Looks like I have to go to them for them to
"do their thing" so I can read and post in this alt.comp for lack of a
better word, "forum". Geesh from a non techy!!!!!
 
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David H. Lipman

From: "Sam Spade" <sloopokespam@opto.net>

| Sorry my termonology is wrong but my cable company set me up with
| news.optonline.net on my xp pc. Looks like I have to go to them for them to
| "do their thing" so I can read and post in this alt.comp for lack of a
| better word, "forum". Geesh from a non techy!!!!!


You are NOT confined to Optimum online.

You can use a free news server such as Eternal September and AIOE or you can use paid-for
service such as GigaNews.

Example:

The following NNTP URL will take your default news client to this news group via the free
AIOE server.

news://nntp.aioe.org/alt.comp.software.financial.quicken


Forums are groups held on HTTP servers and use a web browser and an account to post or
reply to some given subject matter.

News groups are specific groups within Usenet hierarchies that are accessible via *ANY*
Network New Transport Protocol (NNTP) compliant utility to connect to a server who
provides the hierarchies of Usenet and groups.

Example hierarchies...

alt.*
alt.binaries.*
Microsoft.*
comp.*

Please take the time and learn the difference beween Usenet News Groups and Web Forums,
what clients to use, how to reply to given thread and what considered is On Topic and Off
Topic for any given news group.

For exmple, you should have replied to your own thread and NOR created a new thread for
the same subject matter.

No one is asking you to be a "techy" but you are expected to at least understand how to
use a resource properly if you want to use it at all.

{ At least he isn't use Google Groups ! <LOL> }
 
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Jerry Boyle

Sam Spade said:
Sorry my termonology is wrong but my cable company set me up with
news.optonline.net on my xp pc. Looks like I have to go to them for them
to "do their thing" so I can read and post in this alt.comp for lack of a
better word, "forum". Geesh from a non techy!!!!!
Sam,

Here's some help with the terminology:

This is a [USENET] *newsgroup* and to access it you need a news *server* and
a news *client*.

You can go to http://news.eternal-september.org to set up a news server
account, which you can use from both your Windows 7 and XP machines.

On your XP machine you can use Microsoft Outlook Express 6 (OE6) as your
news client. Select "Tools -> Accounts..." and follow the instructions to
link OE6 to your news server.

On your Windows 7 machine you need to buy or download a news client or use a
Web-based service.

You have lots of other choices for both news servers and news clients.
Here's a brief article that, together with responses you've already
received, may help:

http://www.tech-faq.com/how-to-access-free-alt-newsgroups.html

Hope this helps,

Jerry
 

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