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Chapter 14. Newsgroups > Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups Ain't Just for ...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Newsgroups Ain't Just for News Anymore

Newsgroups began innocently enough as forums for UNIX users to find and offer support, but it didn't take long for them to explode as a means of online recreation. Today, no matter how obscure you think your hobby or personal interest may be, a newsgroup is probably already dedicated to it. And one of the great advantages of newsgroups is the fact that files can be easily attached to posts. Attachments can be in the form of pictures, sound files, movies, text documents, programs, or anything else imaginable. In this respect, newsgroups really shine when compared to mailing lists; most mailing lists strictly forbid attachments, but in Usenet they are welcome.

Newsgroups with the word binaries in their address are good places to find attachments. Naturally, you need to exercise some care before you download any messages with large attachments. First, ask yourself whether you have enough bandwidth to download the message. The OE5 message list doesn't always show the paper clip icon next to message headers like it should, but it does tell you the size of each individual message, as shown in Figure 14.14.


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