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OptimusPrime - admin
on Dec 16, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
Hi everyone,

I got an interesting email from an usenet provider. They have send me an offer which gives you 600GB of free downloads, their retention is pretty good as well sitting at 1600 days. I haven't tried it extensively yet myself, but I'm curious what other think about it. Especially takedown wise.

http://www.cash-duck.com/AF_TA/rel/index.cfm?RST=UNF&TAD=429695
OptimusPrime - admin
on Dec 16, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
Hmmm while reading the terms I notice the trial period gets extended by one year. Make sure to cancel and if satisfied switch to a monthly plan!
Yardieboys
on Dec 17, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
Is this just for selected admins, lol are is a link available..
mirrixx
on Dec 17, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
...Ummm, the link is on the bottom line of OP ;-)
Jim67
on Dec 18, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
There isn't any link showing for me on the bottom line ?
itsmeedoofer
on Dec 18, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
Link ->

http://www.cash-duck.com/AF_TA/rel/index.cfm?RST=UNF&TAD=429695
itsmeedoofer
on Dec 18, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
Having said that, followed the link, but couldn't see anything about a year for free, just 30 days, does the period get extended when you register ?
emmef1
on Dec 23, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)

Compact Relax
High-speed volume/month
Unlimited Speed 35 GB 35 GB
Flatrate volume/month
Speed: up to 2000 kbit/s up to 600 GB up to 600 GB
Total download volume per month 635 GB
(more than 850 CDs) 635 GB
(more than 850 CDs)
Free Newsreader Software yes yes
Premium Support
free hotline yes yes
Membership term 1 month 12 months
Price/month
11.99 €
monthly payment
8.33 €
yearly payment of 99.99 €
TeK
on Dec 24, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
fyi, I had to disable my ad blocker to see the link :)
papabare
on Dec 24, 2013
(3.8 Yrs)
slowish downloads, but if anyone has tried it and the provider is 'slow' to follow TDs, it might be a good secondary source.

Thanks :)
MysticRiffs
on May 31, 2014
(3.3 Yrs)
lololololol @TeK. You'd think I woulda thought of that.

Cheers, mate. Followed link. For those too lazy to turn their adblocker off, it's usenet.nl. ;)
dm450
on May 31, 2014
(3.3 Yrs)
I highly recommend teaknews.eu for a secondary provider. If I find something thats gone on newshosting it has ALWAYS still been available with tweaknews.
yuppicide
on Jan 2, 2015
(2.7 Yrs)
I was using Astraweb. I have an unlimited speed plan. I tried to download a tv show that was posted 5.7 years ago this website says. No luck. Everything had blocks short.

I decided to give Easynews a try. Holy crap! I downloaded the show. I may switch over to them.
womo
on Jan 18, 2015
(2.7 Yrs)
I had to give Astra the boot. Too many td's. Now I have same as @dm450. Not 100 percent, but a whole lot better, esp with the tweak block filling in. @yuppicide hope the success continues with easy. Let us know.
activoice
on Jan 19, 2015
(2.7 Yrs)
I keep a basic monthly EasyNews account for the web interface, and use XSUsenet as my primary provider. I've also got a block from Blocknews that barely gets used.
bonzballz
on Apr 8, 2015
(2.5 Yrs)
Wanted to give my thumbs up for XSUsenet. They are slow on TD's. Been my primary for over 2 years now.
activoice
on Apr 8, 2015
(2.5 Yrs)
I recently switched away from XSUsenet after they got bought up by Highwinds. Also having a Blocknews account is also kind of pointless since they are also owned by Highwinds.

Highwinds is known for having one of the quickest DMCA takedown response times.

You can check out the current provider / reseller listing here

http://www.reddit.com/r/usenet/wiki/providers

So now I'm using Usenet Bucket as my primary provider which is a reseller of XS News. And I still keep a basic Easynews account just for the web interface.
OmniNegro
on Apr 8, 2015
(2.5 Yrs)
I remember back when Highwinds was adopted by many ISPs as their default newsserver. Overnight we went from 60K+ newsgroups to a few dozen. They literally had no binaries whatsoever, and had awful retention on the text messages even.

Highwinds as far as I can tell aims to entirely destroy Usenet. May they find a special place in Hell.
OmniNegro
on Apr 10, 2015
(2.5 Yrs)
Anyone recently try Altopia? I remember back a long time ago they were decent. But these days I am wondering if they are worthwhile or not. They are cheaper than Astraweb on the 2 connection service, but just barely. Since I have low speed Internet I may give them a try unless someone tells me they are worse than Astraweb for X reason(s).

Right now it looks like retention is the weak point of Altopia. Can anyone confirm this?
yuppicide
on May 4, 2015
(2.4 Yrs)
I cannot recommend Astraweb any more. This has happened to me before. Lots of incomplete downloads or files missing. But again like before, it goes fast.. then slows down to a crawl for the last 2-3MB and won't finish. I switched fro US to EU server, and that worked, but now that server is doing the same thing to me. Download totally stopped with 3MB to go. Now I re-switched back to US and same crap, but eventually after like 10 minutes the last 3MB finished.

I'm definitely making the switch like tomorrow.
jpc
on Jun 5, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
why don't you use the other AW server as an auto-backup/fill server to kick in when one AW server can't find articles as I often find that there might be bits missing off say the AW EU server (my primary being the closest to me) and the US server under it will then kick in and more often than not find it.

In SAB it's done by priority rating each server with the gigher priority server being the first in the chain and it will fall through to lower priority servers when it cand find articles in the 'Primary' server.

In Alt.Binz its by selecting your nearest AW server as Primary, then highlight it by doubly clicking on it, enter the relevant details for any auto-backup/fill servers you want under the Primary and when finished click the Backup button instead. Rinse and repeat for any other auto-Backup/fill servers you want to add. You can add as many auto-Backup/fill servers under a primary as you want.

Using the above otyu don't have to manually switch between the US and EU server. Just remember that the total number of connections used by the Primary and backup AW server must not exceed the maximum allowed for your account. E.g. with the block accounts that means a total of 50, though even on my 80Mbps connection, 16 or so on each server is more than enough to maximise it and leave some headroom, i.e. a total of 32 connections in all.

BTW, sorry if I am metaphorically trying to teach my gran to such eggs, so to speak :)
MARQUIS6461
on Jun 8, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
The problem is at its main core. Usenet is a distributed server net. Each server has connections with nodes that hold your files. In an effort to reduce overhead and multiple problems, Usenet Servers occasionally drop a few of those nodes to speed up their overall throughput. This is also the perfect way that the people that don't want you to have the file, keep it from you. If you haven't noticed, Usenet is not growing, its dying, just like BT.
There isn't anything you can do about it but try to hold on. Keep this indexer online as well as others. I have a few servers i subscribe to and that is getting expensive. I know you don't like the prospects but they are there.
OmniNegro
on Jun 8, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
Bullshit. I read two decades ago about how "Usenet was dying". And since then it has only grown.

Go scream about the sky falling elsewhere. We know better than to believe this lie.
albino
on Jun 16, 2015
(2.3 Yrs)
If anything with the advent of automation Usenet has become easier. Sure, stuff more than a day old is gone, but if you're doing Usenet right you already downloaded it 5 minutes after it came out. It's a second golden age.
OmniNegro
on Jul 4, 2015
(2.2 Yrs)
By the way. If anyone wants to claim that Usenet is dying, please read this.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet#Usenet_traffic_changes

It is a steady increase for just shy of 20 years now. 17.87 TB daily traffic is not dying or dead.
MARQUIS6461
on Jun 23, 2016
(1.3 Yrs)
Omni
Thanks for answering back but you need to see the decline. Fewer indexers and I can verify that there are fewer nodes with old file parts
SlaveTrainer
on Aug 4, 2016
(1.1 Yrs)
DCMA is killing Usenet quickly. Soon the only thing that will be available is amature porn and spam. Providers will fold as subscribers will leave.
psiev
on Aug 4, 2016
(1.1 Yrs)
it certainly seems that way ... perhaps its my provider (astraweb) .... but it seems that 80% of the things i try to download are unavailable or incomplete. usenet may be dying
dazztee
on Oct 22, 2016
(48 Wks)
astraweb is renouned for that they strip blocks out of dmca title so its officially taken down, but when people download it (even tho broken) that helps keep there retention figures high , when really there just waisting peopls bandwith and time,, go with supernews or newsgroup ninja, amazing deals pricewise and quality
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