I use XNews... but dont REALLY recommend it because it's not being
maintained/updated since '02; and works VERY differently than OE (which
does have its good points), takes a LOT of getting used to.
However.. it allows multiple servers and identities, advanced decoding
options (at the time of build)
Let's face it ..MS aint gonna spend a lot on improving service for a
function/feature that 95% of the on-line population doesnt know exists and
99.5% dont use.
I'm betting FreeAgent will be back on my PC before very long... though, I
have avoided it because of some maddening quirks it had at the time I tried
it years ago.
What's the problem with OE? I find that it works great for discussion groups
such as this.
For binary groups, I still use XNews- I like the interface (probably because
I'm used to it), and I have the full version of Agent installed, too.
Backyard, there's a new release of FreeAgent out that's supposed to fix
numerous issues and quirks they had with the older versions.
Just to make it perfectly clear....I LIKE the way OE news works, esp how
easy it is to set up/subscribe/unsub...That is what I meant by "does have
its good points"
It's what I would install on a neophyte PC user's machine. Meaning I would
ignore the need for graphics/binary features. ie; the 'elephant in the
What do you mean "lose connection"? (I assume you don't mean "loose")
Occasionally I will have several IE windows open too, flipping back and forth
between them, and if it's been several minutes since using OE, I get
"Finding host..." when downloading a new message or changing groups,
sometimes taking a loooooooong time to "Connect" and get new messages.
If I keep OE busy, I don't have that problem. I think the server keeps your
"connection" to the host (where they store the actual group's messages)
active for a while, and if you don't "refresh" the connection by downloading
something now and then, you get dropped off the bottom of the list and
have to start again.
Of course, I may be talking out of my butt, as I didn't program the servers.
Most broadband connections such as cable or DSL keep themselves alive
without having to open an email or article. Dial up connections will drop
the connection on the server end after a certain programmed period of
I've had problems in the past with OE appearing to hang when switching news
groups or going back to my inbox, but not so much after the last round of MS
Actually, kinda the opposite of what you describe. It will lose connection
the more stuff I go through. Especially bad with my laptop cause I use my
arrow keys to scroll through the posts I think. Hard to describe. The only
way to get it to work again is to click over to alt.autos.mitsubishi or my
inbox, or whatever, then back to ford....
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