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Newscene Frequently Asked Questions  (back to top)
  1. How do I contact Newscene support?
  2. How do I set up and configure my news reader program to access Newscene?
  3. News header and/or article retrieval is slow
  4. I cannot retrieve any new messages in the groups.
  5. How do I change my password?
  6. How is my account billed?
  7. How do I cancel my account?
  8. I am getting a "502 Authentication Error." What does this mean?
  9. I lost my username and/or password. How can I obtain this information?
  10. Why are some multi-part binary postings incomplete while another news server has all of the parts?
  11. I am not able to locate a newsgroup.
News Reader Configurations  (back to top)
  1. Outlook Express 5 and 6
  2. Outlook Express (Internet Explorer 4.x first configration)
  3. Outlook Express (Internet Explorer 4.x add new news server)
  4. Internet News
  5. Agent (registered version)
  6. Free Agent (freeware version)
  7. Collabra (Netscape 4.x)
  8. News Xpress
  9. YA News Watcher
  10. NN or Tin (Unix)
  11. News Rover
  12. WinVN
  13. Stealthnews



Newscene Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I contact Newscene support?  (back to top)
You can contact Newscene by email, fax, or mail.
Newscene Usenet News Service
PO Box 45349
Omaha, NE 68145-0349
fax:  1 (402) 895-2637
sales@newscene.com or tech@newscene.com

2. How do I set up and configure my news reader program to access Newscene?  (back to top)
You can find the setup instructions for many news readers in our News Reader Configurations section.

3. News header and/or article retrieval is slow.  (back to top)
The Internet is a complex network structure. Several things can go wrong.

The most common conclusion is the news server is overloaded, bandwidth is maximized, or too many users. With the recent upgrades in Sparc hardware and T3 installations these issues are not the problem here at Newscene. Alternative problems are related to you ISP, backbone provider problems, congested network exchanges, packet flooding by a faulty router, and the list goes on. To determine possible routing issues you can perform a trace route from our servers to you.

Another check is to do a trace route from you to our servers. From the DOS prompt you can type:

tracert
news.newscene.com
tracert news-west.newscene.com

4. I cannot retrieve any new messages in the groups.  (back to top)
Possibilty #1

Your resource information used by your news reader program still contains information from your old news server. To fix this you will need to force your news reader to rebuild the resource information file. Each news reader is a little different. Most likely you can unsubscribe to all of your groups (be sure to not save any current resource information if prompted). The resubscribe and get all the available headers from our news server.

Possibilty #2

Make sure you are accessing an active group. There are alot of junk news groups. Some with closely matched names. Be sure the group name is actually the one you really want and not a misspelled group.

5. How do I change my password?  (back to top)
Please use the Account Maintenance area.

6. How is my account billed?  (back to top)
Newscene's billing cycle is based upon your signup "anniversary date." For example, if you signed up for a month-to-month account on the 10th of the month, your credit card will be billed on the 10th of every month. Each monthly account is renewed automatically until you cancel your account. Unless we are instructed to do otherwise, prepay (multi-month) accounts are not automatically renewed. When the subscription nears its expiration, a notice of the expiration is sent to the email address we have on file for the account. Renewal information is included with the notice.

7. How do I cancel my account?  (back to top)
Fill out this form. A prorated refund will be issued. The prorated amount is based on the lesser of how much time is remaining or how much download allowance is remaining on the account.

8. I am getting a "502 Authentication Error." What does this mean?  (back to top)
This means that your login or password is incorrect, or your subscription has expired, or you have exceeded your download allowance.

9. I lost my username and/or password. How can I obtain this information?  (back to top)
Please fill out this form.

10. Why are some multi-part binary postings incomplete while another news server has all of the parts?  (back to top)
News propagation is never guaranteed. News propagation is dependent upon network conditions, the number and qualilty of news peers, server conditions, forged cancellations, and the size of the post.

Any post made to a server is sent out to all of its peering servers. All premium news services have multiple source feeds to get more news in and out faster.

Some posts are sectioned into smaller segments to help improve propagation to other servers.

Because of this segmentation, some posts may appear incomplete the upload was interupted. This is why not all multipart binaries are complete.

Some parts of multipart posts can be cancelled. Newscene does not honor any cancellations because it is too easy to forge cancellations. However some servers do honor cancellations. This fact alone could prevent some parts of the post from not reaching a server.


11. I am not able to locate a newsgroup.  (back to top)
If you are not able to locate a newsgroup on Newscene that you have located on another server or know of its existence then send us an email requesting us to add the group.


News Reader Configurations

1. Outlook Express 5 and 6  (back to top)


1. Open Outlook Express 5 or 6.
2. From the Tools menu select 'Accounts'.
3. Click on 'Add', then select 'News'.
4. Enter the name you wish to have appear when you post articles.
5. Enter the return email address you want to appear with the post. It must be in the form of me@somewhere.com.
6. Enter the server address: news-west.newscene.com. Check 'My server requires me to log on'. Click 'Next'.
7. Enter your login and password. Check 'Remember password'. Do not check 'Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA). Click 'Next'.
8. Click 'Finish' to close the window.
9. Click 'Close' to close the new account window.
10. The newly created news server entry will now be visible in your folders window on the left side.
11. You will be prompted to download a list of news groups. Click 'yes'. It may take several minutes to retrieve the list of news groups.
12. To subscribe to the groups simply search for the news group in question. Select it and click Subscribe. These groups will appear under the news server entry in the window on the left side.
13. To retrieve the article headers just click on the desired group.
2. Outlook Express (Internet Explorer 4.x first configration)  (back to top)
Comes free with Internet Explorer 4.x. Handles multipe email and news servers. More information available at Microsoft Corporation

1. Open Outlook Express.
2. Select "News" from the "Go" menu.
3. Configure your User profile.
4. Follow the instructions provided by the Internet Connection Wizard.
5. In the window in which you have to enter the news server address
news.newscene.com
6. Check the button "My news server requires me to log on".
7. Click Next (the Internet news server Logon window appears).
8. Enter your "Account Name" and "Password". Click Next
9. Select the appropriate connection to the Internet. Click Next.
10. Click Finish.
11. Before closing a window prompt if you want to see a list of available Newsgroups now. Click Yes if you want to do it now. Then follow the instructions in step 13 below. Click No if you want to do it later. To get the list next time follow the steps below.
12. Next, get the newsgroups by selecting "Newsgroups" from the "Tools" menu (or from the tool bar click on the "News Groups" icon.) Retrieving the newsgroups the first time it could take few minutes. To update the list of News Groups available click the "Reset List" button on the right hand side.
13. To subscribe to your desired newsgroups select desired group and click the "Subscribe" button.
14. To Show only the subscribed groups click on the "Subscribed" tab located below the newsgroups list.
15. When you have finished subscribing to the newsgroups click "OK".
16. To actually read the subscribed newsgroups select "News" from the "Go" menu (or click on the "News Groups" icon to see a list of available News Groups) The list of the News Groups that you have subscribed will then appear. Select one of the news groups to which you$ double click, and you will begin retrieving the headers. Click on an article header to view the article.
3. Outlook Express (Internet Explorer 4.x add additional news server)  (back to top)
Comes free with Internet Explorer 4.x. Handles multipe email and news servers. More information available at Microsoft Corporation

1. Open Outlook Express.
2. Select Accounts from under the Tools menu.
3. A dialog box will open up. Click on the Add button and select News.
4. Fill in the server name, Newscene.
5. Fill in you return emal address.
6. Fill in the server address (
news.newscene.com, etc.)
7. Check the box that 'My news server requires me to log on'
8. Select Log on using and fill in your account name and password.
9. Enter a friendly news account name. Can be any name you want.
10. Select how you connect to the Internet.
11. Click Finish.
12. Before closing a window prompt if you want to see a list of available Newsgroups now. Click Yes if you want to do it now. Then follow the instructions in step 13 below. Click No if you want to do it later. To get the list next time follow the steps below.
13. Next, get the newsgroups by selecting "Newsgroups" from the "Tools" menu (or from the tool bar click on the "News Groups" icon.) Retrieving the newsgroups the first time it could take few minutes. To update the list of News Groups available click the "Reset List" button on the right hand side.
14. To subscribe to your desired newsgroups select desired group and click the "Subscribe" button.
15. To Show only the subscribed groups click on the "Subscribed" tab located below the newsgroups list.
16. When you have finished subscribing to the newsgroups click "OK".
17. To actually read the subscribed newsgroups select "News" from the "Go" menu (or click on the "News Groups" icon to see a list of available News Groups) The list of the News Groups that you have subscribed will then appear. Select one of the news groups to which you$ double click, and you will begin retrieving the headers. Click on an article header to view the article.
4. Internet News  (back to top)
Comes free with Windows 95. More information available at Microsoft Corporation

1. Open up Internet News.
2. From the main menu select News and a dialog window opens up.
3. Click on the Server tab.
4. Click on the Add button and anothe window opens up.
5. Click on the General tab.
6. Type in the news server address (
news.newscene.com).
7. Click on the checkbox - 'This server requires me to login'.
8. Click on Logon Using.
9. Fill in your login name and password.
10. If this is to be your default server then click on Set as Default.
11. Click on the Connection tab.
12. Select how you connect to the Internet.
13. Click on the Advanced tab.
14. Enter 119 into the News Port Number.
15. Later if you experience timeout you can come back to adjust the Server Timeout settings.
16. Click on Apply.
17. Click on OK.
18. If you are prompted to subscribe to the newsgroups on the news server then select Yes. It should connect and begin to retrieve a group list whcih can take a little while.
19. After the newgroups are retrieved you will be prompted to decide which groups you wish to subscribe.
20. After subscibing to the groups you can use the pulldown to select whcih group you wish to view.
5. Agent (registered version)  (back to top)
Commercial product with many advanced features including integrated email and news folders, kill filters, and lots of third party addons. More information available at Forte, Inc.

1. Open up Agent.
2. Select User and System Profile under the Options menu.
3. Click on the User tab. Fill in email information. Select Login With a Username and Password. Fill in your news account login and password. Make sure the checkbox is checked to Remember Password Between Sessions.
4. Click on the System tab. Fill in the news server address. Our news server address is
news.newscene.com. Also fill in your email server information.
5. Click on the OK button and you are all set to go.
6. Select Refresh Groups List under the Online menu. Select Delete All Extinct Groups. Click OK to retrieve a complete list of all of our newsgroups.
7. Subscribe to the newsgroups by highlighting a group and then select Subscribe List under the Group menu
8. Use Show Groups and Folders under the Group menu to display the subscribed news groups.
9. Select Get New Headers In Subscribed Groups under the Online menu to retrieve article headers.
6. Free Agent (freeware version)  (back to top)
Freeware product with a subset of the many advanced features offered in the commercial version of Agent. More information available at Forte, Inc.

1. Open up Free Agent.
2. Select General Preferences under the Options menu.
3. Click on the User tab. Fill in email information. Select Login With a Username and Password. Select Server Requires Login and fill in your news account login and password. Make sure the checkbox is checked to Remember Password Between Sessions.
4. Click on the System tab. Fill in the news server address. Our news server address is
news.newscene.com. Also fill in your email server information.
5. Click on the OK button and you are all set to go.
6. Select Refresh Groups List under the Online menu. Select Delete All Extinct Groups. Click OK to retrieve a complete list of all of our newsgroups.
7. Subscribe to the newsgroups by highlighting a group and then select Subscribe List under the Group menu
8. Use Show under the Group menu to display the subscribed news groups.
9. Select Get New Headers In Subscribed Groups under the Online menu to retrieve article headers.
7. Collabra (Netscape 4.x)  (back to top)
Comes free with Netscape 4.x.More information available at Netscape Communications Corporation

1. Open up Netscape Collabra. You can either launch Collabra directly or launch Netscape 4.x. If you choose to launch Netscape 4.x you can open Collabra by selecting the Collabra Discussion Group from the Communicator menu.
2. From the Edit menu select Preferences.
3. Click on the Group Servers.
4. Enter the news server address. Be sure port 119 is specified. Secure should be unchecked and Always Use Name and Password should be checked.
5. Click the Choose button to specify where your news group folders will be stored.
6. Decide whether you want to be prompted if more than 500 (or whatever you specify) messages are downloaded.
7. Then click OK and a new discussion group entry is created.
8. Right mouse click on the group and select Subscribe to Discusion groups. A window pops up and prompts you for a login and password.
9. After entering your login and password correctly you will begin to receive the newsgroups. This may take a while so be patient.
10. Afterwards you then subscribe to whatever your groups you want.
8. News Xpress  (back to top)
Freeware product with many advanced features including online graphic viewing during download. News Xpress can be located at Tucows. More information available at News Xpress

1. Open up News Xpress.
2. Select Options from the File menu.
3. Click on the Servers Directory tab. Fill in the news server address. Our news server address is
news.newscene.com. Also fill in your email server information.
4. Select the News Server Authorization and fill in your news login and password. When completed click OK.
5. To retrieve a listing of the newsgroups click on All tab located at the bottom of the screen. Select Update Groups Info from the Group menu to retrieve our newsgroups list.
6. After reviewing all the available news groups you can subscribe to the groups by clicking on the bullets or highlighting the newsgroup then selecting Subscribe from the Group menu. When you have completed subscribing to the desired newsgroups you can click on the Subscribed tab to review your selections.
7. To retrieve headers highlight the desired newsgroup and select All Articles from the View menu.
9. YA News Watcher  (back to top)
Freeware product MacIntosh users. More information available at Tucows

1. Open up News Watcher.
2. Select Preferences from the Edit menu.
3. Select Servers Addresses from the pulldown menu. Fill in the news server address. Our news server address is
news.newscene.com. Also fill in your email server information.
4. Select Authentication from the pulldown menu. Fill in your news login and password. Make sure Always Authenticate is checked to remember your login and password between sessions. When completed click OK.
5. Exit YA Newswatcher and open it up again.
6. To subscribe to the newsgroups select the desired newsgroup and then select Subscribe from the Special menu or you can drag-and-drop the selected newsgroup to the Titled Group window.
7. To retrieve the newsgroup headers double click on the newsgroup.
10. NN or Tin (Unix)  (back to top)
1. Using Unix news readers requires you to set the NNTPSERVER variable.
2. You will need to add an environment variable command to your .profile and/or .login file.

C, TCSH Shell: setenv NNTPSERVER news.newscene.com
BORN, KORN Shell: NNTPSERVER=news.newscene.com; export NNTPSERVER
3. To open tin you need to type tin -r.
11. News Rover  (back to top)
Shareware product with flexible search features and thumbnail previews. More information available at S&H Computer Systems

1. Open up News Rover.
2. Open the configuration window by selecting the Configure menu.
3. Click the Server tab.
4. Click Add Server.
5. Fill in the news server address. Our news server address is
news.newscene.com.
6. Select Logon authorization required. Fill in your news login and password. Select the method of how you will connect to the Internet.
7. Click the E-Mail tab. Fill in your email server information.
8. To retrieve the list of newsgroups select the Get-Newsgroups menu.
9. Click on New Interest Group to begin subscribing to the newsgroups.
10. Click on New Interest Group.
11. To retrieve the newsgroup headers click on Run located in the News Rover window.
12. Select Messages from the View menu to examine the articles.
12. WinVN  (back to top)
Freeware product with basic features including multiple server support. More information available at Tucows FAQ available at WinVN Hompage

1. Open up WinVN.
2. Select Communications from the Configure menu. If it is a first install then the Commuications Options will open automatically.
3. Fill in the news server information. (
news.newscene.com, port 119)
4. Fill in the Authorization Information. Be sure check Save Password.
5. Fill in the SMTP Server information. Use SMTP protocol.
6. Fill in your appropriate time zone.
7. Click OK.
8. Select Connect to Server from the Network menu. If it is a first install then you will automatically attempt to connect to the news server.
9. Click Yes when prompted to retrieve the latest group list from the server. If it is a first install then you will automatically attempt to retrieve the list from the server.
10. Select the groups you want to subscribe.
11. Select Subscribe Selected Groups from the Group menu.
12. Double click on a group to open a new window to retrieve the list of articles.
13. Double click on an article to open a new window to retrieve the body of article.
14. To decode an article, select the articles parts by clicking on the individual article. Then select Decode Selected Articles from the Articles menu.
13. Stealthnews  (back to top)
Shareware product with thumbnails, image viewer, and file encryption. More info is available at Stealthnews' web site.

1.Start Stealthnews.
2.Create a new project, and choose Standard Stealthnews Project.
3.You will be prompted if you want to add a new server. Choose "Yes".
4.For the server, type in
news.newscene.com.
5.Choose 199 (the default) for the port.
6.Enter your Username and Password, then click OK.
7.You will be asked if you want to download the groups for your server. Click Yes.
8.Once the newsgroups are downloaded, you may select the groups you want from the treeview in the upper-left corner by double-clicking on them.
9.You may make the selecting process easier by filtering the newsgroups that are displayed. To do this, select "Filter Newsgroups" from the "View" menu.
10.Once you have chosen your groups, click the "Start Downloading" button (the green arrow) and the inbox will begin filling up with binary file attachments.

General Information About Usenet  (back to top)

Usenet is a vast resource of information. Topics include technology, hobbies, computers, web surfing & development, television shows, and much more. If you are new to the Usenet community visit http://www.faqs.org/faqs/usenet/ for more information about Usenet.

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Biz.*       Business Topics - Commercial & Retail
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Misc.*       Miscellaneous Topics
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