|Re: Thanks for the "Welcome"!|
Message #7 Posted by James M. Prange on 27 Oct 2003, 7:19 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by Paul Brogger
Google is great for its archives. By doing a search of the newsgroup on
Google, you can avoid asking the same question yet again, and also find
answers from experts who no longer participate. Note that a good deal of
the design of the current RPL calculators goes way back at least to the
28C. You'll probably look a lot smarter if you search for an answer
before you ask a question.
But the last time that I checked, there's a several hour delay between
updates of Google's server, so for active participation it's not so
Your ISP should, of course, allow you to read and post to the newsgroup,
but I find that my ISP's server is sometimes rather slow in getting
updates, and on rare occasions isn't updated for a few days. Lately,
I've been having a lot of trouble trying to post anything through my
ISP's server. My ISP agrees that there's a problem, but I guess that
it's not a high priority item; weeks later, it still hasn't been fixed.
The best "web-based" *free* newsreader that I've found is at
http://mailgate.org/. To use it, you do have to register and agree
to its "Terms of Service". Trolls and spammers may find the terms of
service to be onerous, but I expect that most would find them
reasonable. Read the legalese for yourself. And you do have to login
every time; hopefully, your browser will make that easy enough. Note
that Mailgate does do at least some filtering; I don't see the obvious
spam on Mailgate.
But reading the news on a web-based newsreader has some disadvantages.
For example, you won't be able to use your own filters, and you'll
probably see things with a proportional font.
After you've registered with Mailgate, you can use your own newsreader
with the server "newsreader.mailgate.org", rather a better experience in