With major indexers of NZBs getting shut down lately, one might wonder if usenet is still worth using or not.
Well the good news is yes, usenet is still completely usable without indexers. You can always download headers and go back to the old days.
A favorite application for doing these types of things would be NewsBin Pro. Now, with NZB indexers this software really wasn’t necessary – but if indexers do indeed die out then going back to the old days is probably what will happen.
Anyway, binsearch.info is still working and you can pull nzbs from there or use NZBsRus with their bitcoin payment option. I will write a followup to this post soon and link to it from here on how to use headers to get content.
Till then, stay strong. Usenet is and always will be a great way to share your files and information.
Now’s a good time to pick up a block account for Usenet.
Many people don’t realize this – but if your ISP has a cap of 80GB per month or something similar, are you really going to make use of an unlimited account? 80GB X 12 = 960GB Right now you can pick up 1 Terabyte from Newsgroupdirect for $40.
Not only that – but all their block accounts are currently on sale until July 25th.
Google Usenet, also known as “Google Groups” only covers the text based Usenet groups. What does this mean?
Well, if you’re expecting to download the latest Linux ISO through Google groups, it simply won’t happen. If your goal is to just read newsgroups online, then google groups is actually a very good solution because it’s simple to use and post to the various active newsgroups.
If you want a more traditional Usenet setup, you can go to http://www.eternal-september.org/ and get a free text Usenet account. This will allow you to view Usenet on outlook and various other Usenet clients.
If you want binaries however, the best method is to go and follow my Usenet Binary Tutorial - this should get you up and running on binaries in no time. You can also view text newsgroups with your premium Usenet account from usenetserver.
In general, nzb files just point to data on usenet. The simplest way to look at NZB files is a comparison to torrents. Most people tend to know what torrents are. They point to a tracker and peers for data. Well, when you download an NZB, you open it just like you would a torrent, only this time it goes to your Usenet reader or NZB downloader such as Sabnzb.
They were invtented by NewzBin.com so that files could be indexed and shared much easier on Usenet.
Before NZB files you had to download all the “headers” and then get each part of a file one by one searching through all the posts. This was pretty annoying, and before Par2 files came out a lot of posts were incomplete. All of this has changed over the years and Usenet is actually a very efficient way to transfer files over the internet, thanks to innovations like NZB files and the Par2 standard.
For more information on utilizing Usenet for file transfers, refer to my Usenet Binary Tutorial.