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Anybody want to explain Usenet to me like I'm seven?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. May 31, 2011 #61 of 1642
    KungFuCow

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    Their ordering system broke in between the transfer process from Paypal back to them so the money left my account, went floating around in never, never land and they said they never got it. Between about 50 emails and 3 calls to Paypal and 4 calls to UsenetServer, I think we're finally straight. I went ahead and paid for a year. At $7.50 a month, its hard to argue with that price.
     
  2. May 31, 2011 #62 of 1642
    Ment

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    I don't believe that Usenetnow/Blocknews doesn't comply with a takedown notices. As an indi, just haven't been targets for regular complaints and there is much more bang for the buck to be vigilante on sending notices to Highwinds and Giganews as they are backends for many usenet providers. Agree that they have great customer service. Got into their $48 per 6 month deal a couple years back and don't ever see leaving.
     
  3. May 31, 2011 #63 of 1642
    innocentfreak

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    Heard good things also about astraweb. If you don't want the $96 option, they used to have an unadvertised option for $9 or so for unlimited with ssl. You may still find the link on slickdeals since they always post usenet deals there.
     
  4. May 31, 2011 #64 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Astraweb's been running a $11 a month unlimited deal for the last 3 years. It was advertised as being available for a limited time but it's still working.

    http://www.news.astraweb.com/specials/kleverig-11.html
     
  5. Jun 1, 2011 #65 of 1642
    swifty

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    I'm using Supernews. I can saturate my connection and they have 800 day binary retention. They have an unlimited plan on special for only $9.99/mo
    http://www.supernews.com/superspecial.html

    I'm also using the Media Browser plugin for Windows Media Center to manage my files, it works really slick and has a lot of plugins.
    http://www.mediabrowser.tv/
     
  6. Jun 7, 2011 #66 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    FYI,

    For those using Mac,

    NZBVortex

    http://www.nzbvortex.com/site/
     
  7. Jun 7, 2011 #67 of 1642
    Graymalkin

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    If I was seven years old again, my father probably would explain Usenet this way:

    "It's where boogymen hang out and try to snatch little kids like you. If I catch you in there, I'll take away your computer."
     
  8. Jun 7, 2011 #68 of 1642
    Fofer

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    "You're seven. You don't need to know anything about Usenet. Go outside and play ball."
     
  9. Jun 7, 2011 #69 of 1642
    2004raptor

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    SO how is NewsgroupDirect for a block account? I see they have a deal going for 1TB for $50. I think it ends tonight though. I was on the fence about Blocknews.net but this current deal seems perfect for what I would use. don't want/need unlimited so that's not a factor.

    Does Newsgroupdirect take down content as discussed earlier in this thread?
     
  10. Jun 7, 2011 #70 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    Their a Highwinds reseller and they do remove content because of DMCA take down requests. If you download targeted content within a few days to a week of being posted, you shouldn't have a problem getting it.

    Highwinds completion isn't as great as Blocknews.net as a whole. Blocknews.net doesn't remove content because of DMCA. Blocknews customer service is top notch. Their quick to respond.

    That being said, the 1TB for $50 deal might be a fair trade off. It's a 50% discount on average prices for 1 Terabyte block.
     
  11. Jun 7, 2011 #71 of 1642
    The Spud

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    I jumped on this deal. This makes the 4th provider I've signed up with in the past 3 weeks. I originally signed up with a company that I used to be with a number of years ago and cancelled within their trial period. It turned out that, while they were a good deal back then, there were much better deals given how I intended to use them now. I then bought a 200 gb block from Newsdemon for $19. When I blew through nearly have of that in a couple of days, I signed up for an unlimited plan with UsenetServer for $10/month. I've gotten just about everything I wanted so I'll cancel that when my first month is up. Moving forward the 1 TB block should be sufficient.

    All of these great deals are a blessing and a curse. :D
     
  12. Jun 7, 2011 #72 of 1642
    2004raptor

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I'm in turmoil. The deal seems great but I am not a user that will be looking daily. Maybe once a week or so. And i really can't download alot because comcast has their 250 GB cap/month anyway. :(
     
  13. Jun 7, 2011 #73 of 1642
    Malcontent

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    The 1 Terabyte block doesn't expire. It will last forever until it's all used up. Doesn't matter if it would take you 3-4 (or longer) years to use it all.
     
  14. Jun 7, 2011 #74 of 1642
    pteronaut

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    You'll be able to download more with Usenet per month than you would with bittorrent what with the concurrent seeding and if you are a member of a private site with ratio standards, you will be using twice as much bandwidth as the file size just to avoid being kicked out.
     
  15. Jun 7, 2011 #75 of 1642
    Idearat

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    Works great for me. If I think of something I want I find the NZB and put in my Dropbox folder. NZBVortex monitors the same folder on my Mac Mini, deletes the NZB when it's used it.

    I get an occasional file that it doesn't decode, but I just drag one of the files over to StuffIt Expander and I'm all set. Otherwise it's a whole lot tidier than BitTorrent. I'll only torrent things like obscure UK TV series that don't show up on Usenet or where I want to download the whole series at once.
     
  16. Jun 8, 2011 #76 of 1642
    Fofer

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    Is there an easy way to search for, and save, NZBs to Dropbox... from an iPhone or iPad?
     
  17. Jun 11, 2011 #77 of 1642
    2004raptor

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    Finally had some free time today and signed up for BlockNews. I am trying to use the SABnzd Wizard to enter my account info. I keep getting a 10061 error. Permission denied.
    I know I have my username and password typed correctly. Server name is good. 119 is the Port and I clicked on SSL connections. Also I have set it to anywhere in between 8 and 20 connecitons.

    I sent them a ticket but not sure how long they take to respond. Any ideas?
     
  18. Jun 11, 2011 #78 of 1642
    2004raptor

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    OK, I think I figured it out. Appears to maybe be an issue with PeerBlock.


    Now, it's connecting. But I have no idea how to use SABnzd. :eek:
     
  19. Jun 11, 2011 #79 of 1642
    danterner

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    Try using the eu server instead of the us server, to see if that works? Maybe the US server is down? When I signed up for a block last month, I had exactly the same problem you are describing (I don't recall the number of the error, though). Using the eu server solved it.
     
  20. Jun 11, 2011 #80 of 1642
    2004raptor

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    Thansk danterner. I figured it out not long after I posted.

    Still not sure what I'm doing with this. In the old days I would get a list of newsgroups and click on it to see the individual files posted under that group. Is that not how it works anymore or at least not how SABnzbd works? I see the ADD nzb button (which one of the posters here mentioned how to get this file) but I don't really have anything in mind. I just want to load up the groups and then decide where i want to go from there. Possible?
     

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