On Wed, 17 May 2017 14:05:10 -0600, David Johnston
Post by David Johnston Post by a425couple
Wow!!! 112,244 old posts from the Heinlein group!!!
I had been using a 2007 computer updated to 2010 hard drive,
posting using Outlook Express. Well, recently it went black.
At the computer fix up place, he put power to it and "SNAP!!!"
& nasty burned electrical smell.
Got a new computer. The old "Outlook Express" could not
be loaded on new computer "not compatible with operating system".
So, I'm having to fight, and learn, and current things do not
seem to like newsgroups.
The "newsguy" program was not very good for me.
It used to be simple, find an interesting quote, citation or whatever,
capture it, paste it on "new post" and all ready.
Someone elsewhere suggested I try "Mozilla Thunderbird".
So, I'm working on trying & learning it.
I went to open alt.fan.heinlein, and had the option of picking how
many of the 112,000 old posts I wanted to download.
For whatever reason, right or wrong, good or bad, I picked
"give me all of them!" So now I can always snoop back to the
good old days when the Heinlein group (and many newsgroups)
were quite active.
Probably not. I expect what you'll find is headers but no body.
Depends on the newsserver, I think.
A year or so ago most of the newsgroups I frequented dried up, so I
went looking for new ones. rec.arts.sf-written looked interesting, so
I subscribed. Free Agent told me there were 65,535 unread messages.
Those messages, dating all the way back to 2010, are still available
to download using the news.eternal-september.org server.
If I have time after reading the day's current posts, I go back and
read some of the backlog. So far I've only encountered a couple posts
from the last 7 years that eternal-september couldn't serve up.
And it turns out that 65,535 number is just the maxium number that
Free Again can display on its Groups pane. For r.a.sf-w that number
is still sitting at 65,535. I also subscribed to
rec.arts.movies.current-films, and while it also started out at 65,535
messages, after a few months of reading the backlog it finally started
dropping. I'm currently sitting at 63,806 unread messages.
It looks like at some point around Halloween of 2010 eternal-september
just said "Screw it, traffic on USENET has dropped enough and storage
is cheap enough - let's just keep everything from now on."
-- Bob, r.a.sf-w lurker