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Newsgroups: still exist!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Sparky, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    Does anyone still use newsgroups? Just reading through the 70-620 book and it refers to Windows Mail being able to access newsgroups just as Outlook Express used to.

    I remember using them on my trusty 2k PC many years ago but I haven’t used them in years. Fired up Windows Mail and there was loads of Microsoft newsgroups available with people posting questions.

    Anyone still using them? Just being nosey! :biggrin
     
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  2. NightWalker

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    It was covered in my 70-284 studying, NNTP, which clients can access newsgroups etc. I have not used any, it just seems to be like a web forum with no nice background and no user features.
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    Sure they still exist and they seem to continue to be quite active. Occasionally, when I'm Googling, trying to solve some issue, I'll find the answer (or at least the potential for an answer) in a newsgroup.
     
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    Indeed they exist. I still post in one or two. I for one am quite happy with the text format, I don't *need* fancy graphics just to type a few sentences.

    In fact the total volume of Usenet News is vast - most of it being in binaries and consisting largely of pirated software/music/video.

    Harry.
     
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    I use to for a fair few years, now lifes too busy to read those as well.

    Do agree with Harry though - its not always necessary to have graphics to enjoy a good community!
     
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    I used the Microsoft MCDST one while I was studying for it a couple of months back. It was helpful at times, although I can't see me using it now

    Besides why would I need them when I've got you folks on here.... :biggrin
     
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    I quite often read newsgroups, I found the XP help and support newsgroup a helpful resource when studying for 70-270 and I also like to read the microsoft VB.net group. I like the fact that it's all simple text too. There are also a couple of forums on the web that act as gateways to newsgroups like pcbanter.net etc.
     
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  8. Mitzs
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    Hmmm, I wonder if they have adobe newsgroup. Ok, I am off to google land!
     
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  9. thecatsmother

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    Yep, still use them. These days mostly just photography ones. There's a lot of dross on them, but my favourite is the first place I turn with a technical question.
     
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  10. Mr.Cheeks

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    Google Newsgroup for Photoshop

    info on Adobe site how to register

    and alt.graphics.photoshop

    Haven't tested these, but they should help.
     
  11. Mitzs
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    Thanks MC I will have to check them out tommrow. My bed is calling me now. That is after I get all 80 pounds of smokey off my side first. Dam dogs. :biggrin
     
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