Usenet - DO NOT ASK FOR INVITES

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  1. Snoochems

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    Guys, I'm looking for peoples preferred apps/tools for downloading binary newsgroups on Usenet. I will admit I do not know much about this, and what I do know is only what an old mate showed me years ago at uni.

    I have previously used a program called Newsleecher. This worked fine, and allowed me to download lots of cool (legal) stuff with .nzb's.

    This is the only application I have tried, and I assume there are others. I have heard Thurderbird can even download these for me, but I've tried unsuccessfully to set this up.
     
  2. BeanerSA

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    I use Alt.Binz, and like it. I had tried one other one, but it was terrible, so I can't remember the name to warn you away. None are perfect IMO.
     
  3. Asako

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    I use altbinz for NZBs. The last free version is pretty dated, but still works quite well. Not flawlessly (as you can't exclude SRR files, which are quite common now, for instance) but it still downloads, repairs and unrars binaries just fine. You can "donate" a few dollars for the current version, and still active project, but there are probably better freebies around. I just haven't bothered looking.
     
  4. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    (1) Provider: Easynews (great gui/web interface)
    (2) Get download manager like FreeDownloadManager which installs as an extension in firefox
    (3) Use binsearch.info to find file
    (4) Go to newsgroup, search, download

    No extra apps needed, just a browser and web links.
     
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    This sounds good, although I'm stuck. Could you elaborate on how FDM can download the files from my news server? And step 4 has me confused even further.
     
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    I've been using Newsleecher with the top Giganews plan for the last year without any issue, had Grabit software before but didn't like the way it handled things. Search via binsearch.info
     
  7. Smashwa

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    Rule #1 of Usenet: You do not talk about Usenet.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Easynews provides a fantastic interface with tehnology that automatically puts all the newsposts into a complete file with thumbnail preview. All you do is download the file with FDM as you would any other file on the internet via a link.

    Step 4 just means logging into your usenet provider, going to the newsgroup that you have found the file in by using binsearch, and then using their built in search to find the file, then download.

    Hopefully this makes sense. It's extremely simple, but I'm not sure I'm not the best at explaining it.

    Some people use nzb's and download using a newsgroup app but I don't bother with that method.
     
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  9. FiShy

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    Rule #2 of Usenet: You are an idiot




    news groups are older then most people on this forum
     
  10. Smashwa

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    I know that. And they have gone reasonably under the radar for quite a while and personally id like it that to stay that way...
     
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  11. FatBoyNotSoSlim

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    Previously mentioned methods are ok solutions for the average user. If you’re thinking about using Usenet with more automation and i guess you could say, customisation, check out the following:

    Sabnzbd+ - Simply the best NZB client. Does NZBs only, plays nicely with the following:
    Sickbeard - Like TV? Sickbeard will sort it out and find your stuff for you.
    Couchpotato - Enjoy Movies but never remember to find their release dates? CP has you covered.

    Combine those with a decent provider, and a NZB source (I'd reccomend NZBMatrix's VIP account or NZB.su for a free option) and your laughing.

    Combine these programs with the built in integration with XBMC, and you’re on your way to a complete package that you have full control over but is very heavily automated to remove the grunt work.

    Providers i can recommend are Astraweb for Unlimited, Blocknews for Block accounts and FrugalUsenet for another unlimited option. BN/Frugal don't use the same servers as Astraweb, so they are a good secondary option in case of retention/completion problems at Astraweb.
     
  12. Pinkeh

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    Nzbs - lots of them, pick your poison. Lots of pay sites but you can get away with free ones too.

    +1 for Sabnzbd+ Browser Client

    Using Astrawebs, yearly plan.

    TV Renamer for keeping track of TV shows - decent enough app.

    Bulk Rename Utility for the likelihood that you'll be renaming lots of things. Steep learning curve, excellent utility.

    Still looking for other software to sort files / rename files/folders i.e. Video files. Suggestions welcome

    For certain audio i use The Godfather music manager.
     
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  13. FatBoyNotSoSlim

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    All built into/part of the sabnzbd/sickbeard/couchpotato combination.
     
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    Cool, thanks! Always looking for file sorters.
     
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    FYI- I just found out internode has a usenet service that free to use. Hence my sudden interest usenet again.
     
  16. BeanerSA

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    one of there users has a good guide
    http://users.on.net/~cooperj/usenet/

    but don't use that program, use alt.binz instead
     
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    it has me thinking of a churn to 'node. Just cant seem to give up my aapt one as it has been rock solid for years...
     
  18. StratosFear

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    'Proper' Usenet is like $8US a month. So I wouldn't go churning just for that.

    SABNZBD
    Sickbeard
    CouchPotato
    NZBMatrix

    Is all you'll ever need :)
     
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    Do they actually host all your legal binaries. doubt it. Most ISPs I've seen only host the text groups. So unless you like reading your porn.
     
  20. ma77

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    Yes they do, but they're the only ISP in Australia that do AFAIK.
     

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