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Tindahbawx
Oct 14, 2011



UndyingShadow posted:

The best main feed I've found is Supernews. I actually have 2 backup block accounts, Blocknews and Astraweb (they occasionally haves sales.)

Try to get a free account with xsusenet.com. They're super unreliable, but it can't actually hurt to have it is a backup server.

I guess I could go with Supernews, and keep whatever left of the Blocknews (if any) as backup. I signed up for that free one you linked as well, no point in not adding it as a backup, thanks, and found out my ISP runs a free newsgroup server with 30 day retention too, so that might as well go on the backup list too.

There are these guys http://gibinews.eu/ which cost next to nothing. Anyone heard anything about that? You cant upload, but who wants to do that?

Tindahbawx fucked around with this message at 17:43 on Apr 16, 2012

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paradigmm
May 28, 2002

by Y Kant Ozma Post


EC posted:

Is the NZBMatrix API just hosed?

Yes it is.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Back a year or so ago, nzb.su's VIP status thing was a one off payment for increased status right? Bit pissed off they've changed their minds and changed it to a '$x per y months' scheme instead without grandfathering in previous VIPs to not expire. I barely use it but was always handy as a backup, so felt like I spent money and got nothing out of it.

Mister Fister
May 17, 2008


Tindahbawx posted:

Sooo, I was chewing through that 200GB Blocknews chunk at a right old rate (120gb in 4 days), so I went ahead and got a NewsDemon unlimited account, and set Blocknews to be the backup server.

Unfortunately I've just found out that they're both Highwinds resellers, so that was a bit stupid. Ah well, can't be helped now.

So, should I switch the Blocknews backup account to something different when its used up? Suggestions for block account, that isn't Highwinds?

Or should I switch the NewsDemon account at the end of the month to something else, again, that isn't Highwinds, as I'll keep the remainder of the Blocknews as the backup in this case.

Thanks!

Also is there any other indexers that I should know of aside from NZBmatrix (which I discovered I had a VIP account on), NZB.su and DogNZB?

I'm a newsdemon user and i'm quite happy with them. The only problems i've had with them are sometimse i can't download old stuff because it's corrupted, but i haven't really had much problem with new stuff.

I'm paying $5.20 a month (from a black friday deal) for an unlimited connection w/ SSL. It's totally worth it at that price.

Danforth05
Jun 11, 2011

Why is mice sech cowards?


NZBs.org isn't closing down anymore, I guess. From the IRC:

"We've been convinced to keep running so we will not be shutting down this week as originally planned. Sorry for the roller coaster ride folks.
Anyways we will be switching to the beta. If you have not logged in there yet please do so. I'd recommend you check that your email address on this site is valid before logging into the beta."

Mister Fister
May 17, 2008


Danforth05 posted:

NZBs.org isn't closing down anymore, I guess. From the IRC:

"We've been convinced to keep running so we will not be shutting down this week as originally planned. Sorry for the roller coaster ride folks.
Anyways we will be switching to the beta. If you have not logged in there yet please do so. I'd recommend you check that your email address on this site is valid before logging into the beta."

PRAISE JESUS! I've been dreading the past few days.

Keevon
Jun 11, 2002
You know maybe instead of being an angry nerd and writing your paper about how poorly notch wrote a multi million dollar game you could try being productive and write your own game but properly and show him whats what

I've noticed NZBs.org isn't really possible to get into for the past long while, is there a reason why it's better than other NZB sites?

Mister Fister
May 17, 2008


Keevon posted:

I've noticed NZBs.org isn't really possible to get into for the past long while, is there a reason why it's better than other NZB sites?

No d/l limits (no VIP bs), good interface, works with nzbdstatus, doesn't have much of a problem with missing stuff that other nzb sites has, etc.

Keevon
Jun 11, 2002
You know maybe instead of being an angry nerd and writing your paper about how poorly notch wrote a multi million dollar game you could try being productive and write your own game but properly and show him whats what

Mister Fister posted:

No d/l limits (no VIP bs), good interface, works with nzbdstatus, doesn't have much of a problem with missing stuff that other nzb sites has, etc.

Gotcha, are they doing invites or is it just completely closed?

Mister Fister
May 17, 2008


Keevon posted:

Gotcha, are they doing invites or is it just completely closed?

No clue... they open up registrations from time to time

EC
Jul 10, 2001

The Legend


Is there a way to send nzbs directly to SAB from the beta site?

Edit: oh, I have to edit the profile to see the send to SAB option. Gotcha.

wolrah
May 8, 2006
what?


EC posted:

Is there a way to send nzbs directly to SAB from the beta site?

Edit: oh, I have to edit the profile to see the send to SAB option. Gotcha.

I think the "Send to SAB" option has the site actually connect directly to your SAB instance, so you have to have SAB available to the internet for it to work. On the plus side, this means you can queue things up from anywhere on the internet.

nzbdstatus on Firefox and SABconnect++ on Chrome seem to work fine with it though if you want to stay local. It's just Newznab with a few tweaks.

EC
Jul 10, 2001

The Legend


wolrah posted:

I think the "Send to SAB" option has the site actually connect directly to your SAB instance, so you have to have SAB available to the internet for it to work. On the plus side, this means you can queue things up from anywhere on the internet.

nzbdstatus on Firefox and SABconnect++ on Chrome seem to work fine with it though if you want to stay local. It's just Newznab with a few tweaks.

Yeah, I got it working. My SAB install is available on the internet so I can use myNZB and what not. Thanks for the info!

Lusername
Sep 22, 2005
The truth is just an excuse for a lack of imagination.

Just a heads up: beta.nzbs.org wasn't letting me login because I had capitals in my password. Entering my password in lower-case fixed it.

dogflaps
Apr 17, 2008


Hi guys, I'm hopping aboard the usenet train and so far I'm having a pleasant (if very confusing) journey.

While the OP was very helpful, I have a question that I'm unsure of. There is an NZB which is listed as 98.6 completed, presumably meaning it is missing some files. However, there are 'PAR' and 'PAR2' files included, which upon research, suggest that these somehow re-create the missing files.

My question is, am I safe to download the NZB file, and will the PAR files be able to repair/restore it? Or am I going to be wasting a large amount of time?

I have had one 60gb file fail to unpack, with error messages such as '2 blocks short' etc. I downloaded QuickPAR, and just clicked here and there on various PAR files without any real clue what I was doing but I couldn't get it to unpack. I was always numerous 'blocks short'.

kri kri
Jul 18, 2007



PAR files are repair files. Why are you downloading a 60gb file?

dogflaps
Apr 17, 2008


Because I want it? Is there a reason I shouldn't be downloading 60gb files?

Sperg Victorious
Mar 25, 2011


That's a giant porn pack.

SlipperyNipple
Jan 23, 2010


Tindahbawx posted:

Sooo, I was chewing through that 200GB Blocknews chunk at a right old rate (120gb in 4 days), so I went ahead and got a NewsDemon unlimited account, and set Blocknews to be the backup server.

Unfortunately I've just found out that they're both Highwinds resellers, so that was a bit stupid. Ah well, can't be helped now.

For reference, Blocknews is not a crappy highwinds seller. Not sure how you arrived at that. Best bet, get supernews with blocknews backup or Usenetnow (which is blocknews unlimited) with Astraweb block. Get rid of lovely highwinds entirely.

Phalex
May 14, 2002



So one thing that the old nzbs.org site has that the beta site doesn't, nor does any other site I've seen is the "My Searches" feature. Where you just enter whatever search strings and it'll save them so you can easily search for all of them with one click. Is there somewhere or some way I can get this feature after the old nzbs.org goes away?

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

You must be a masochist


EC posted:

Yeah, I got it working. My SAB install is available on the internet so I can use myNZB and what not. Thanks for the info!

I haven't been able to get it to work. The link appears, and it turns green when I click it, but it never actually goes to SAB. Did you do anything besides entering your NZB key into the profile?

kri kri
Jul 18, 2007



dogflaps posted:

Because I want it? Is there a reason I shouldn't be downloading 60gb files?

You already mentioned a reason, because poo poo like missing blocks can make a 60gb download broken.

Best thing to do if you want is to plug the filename into nzbindex.com and see if someone reposted it. I am pretty sure this is covered in the OP.

wolrah
May 8, 2006
what?


Phalex posted:

So one thing that the old nzbs.org site has that the beta site doesn't, nor does any other site I've seen is the "My Searches" feature. Where you just enter whatever search strings and it'll save them so you can easily search for all of them with one click. Is there somewhere or some way I can get this feature after the old nzbs.org goes away?

Bookmark the search results page? It's just a query string.

Tindahbawx
Oct 14, 2011



SlipperyNipple posted:

For reference, Blocknews is not a crappy highwinds seller. Not sure how you arrived at that.

Well if you Google "Blocknews" and "Reseller" you get a lot of hits saying Blocknews is a Highwinds reseller, it was a fairly linear process. :P

SlipperyNipple posted:

Best bet, get supernews with blocknews backup or Usenetnow (which is blocknews unlimited) with Astraweb block. Get rid of lovely highwinds entirely.

I'll keep it in mind! Cheers!

EC
Jul 10, 2001

The Legend


The Modern Leper posted:

I haven't been able to get it to work. The link appears, and it turns green when I click it, but it never actually goes to SAB. Did you do anything besides entering your NZB key into the profile?

I used the full API key, but I doubt that would make a difference. Remember to use the full path, including /sabnzb on the end. The ports have to be forwarded as well, I would imagine.

frameset
Apr 13, 2008



The pHo posted:

Back a year or so ago, nzb.su's VIP status thing was a one off payment for increased status right? Bit pissed off they've changed their minds and changed it to a '$x per y months' scheme instead without grandfathering in previous VIPs to not expire. I barely use it but was always handy as a backup, so felt like I spent money and got nothing out of it.

They gave me a lifetime "friend" account which has all the privileges of the VIP program. Check your profile at: http://nzb.su/profile and see what is listed under the "Role" section.

Sephiroth_IRA
Mar 31, 2010



Anything change since the OP? Which reseller do you guys recommend to someone who has never used usenet before?

SlipperyNipple
Jan 23, 2010


Tindahbawx posted:

Well if you Google "Blocknews" and "Reseller" you get a lot of hits saying Blocknews is a Highwinds reseller, it was a fairly linear process. :P

Oh yea that was years ago. Thankfully not anymore.

Vinlaen
Feb 19, 2008



Does anybody know if DMCA take-downs affect the EU servers of SuperNews/Astraweb?

(ie. can I just use the EU server instead of the US for more complete articles?)

EDIT: Also, when DMCA take-downs occur, are articles simply remove or are they managled/corrupted? (if an article is missing it's easy to get from another server, but if it's corrupt most apps like SABnzbd don't check other servers, etc)

Vinlaen fucked around with this message at 14:58 on Apr 17, 2012

Phalex
May 14, 2002



wolrah posted:

Bookmark the search results page? It's just a query string.

Wouldn't this only work for a single search? In My Search, I had like 50 search strings and it would show the results for all of them with one click.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



frameset posted:

They gave me a lifetime "friend" account which has all the privileges of the VIP program. Check your profile at: http://nzb.su/profile and see what is listed under the "Role" section.

Just says 'Standard' with a link to get VIP access. I'm looking through PayPal as that's probably how I paid and there's a $5 donation to 'NotBusy LLC' in May. Might be them, might not be. Maybe they only gave lifetime to people above a certain amount, ah well.

---

Good to see the Highwinds slagging off still occurring. On my current build I have a Newshosting (Highwinds) sub and a BlockNews account. I've got a transfer log of 6.6TB and I've got 91gb of 100gb left on my BlockNews account, so they can't be all bad. Downloaded plenty of 1,000+ day files with zero problems.

wolrah
May 8, 2006
what?


Phalex posted:

Wouldn't this only work for a single search? In My Search, I had like 50 search strings and it would show the results for all of them with one click.

Got it. I had never used the feature, so as you described it initially it seemed more like just a shortcut to the single search.

Vykk.Draygo
Jan 17, 2004

I say salesmen and women of the world unite!

The pHo posted:

Good to see the Highwinds slagging off still occurring. On my current build I have a Newshosting (Highwinds) sub and a BlockNews account. I've got a transfer log of 6.6TB and I've got 91gb of 100gb left on my BlockNews account, so they can't be all bad. Downloaded plenty of 1,000+ day files with zero problems.

There's really only one person trashing highwinds and he does it every chance he gets so it's best to just ignore him.

Sperg Victorious
Mar 25, 2011


The main problem with highwinds is that they do DMCA takedowns. Giganews does it too. So they're not unique. You'll always need a backup feed from someone.

frameset
Apr 13, 2008



The pHo posted:

Just says 'Standard' with a link to get VIP access. I'm looking through PayPal as that's probably how I paid and there's a $5 donation to 'NotBusy LLC' in May. Might be them, might not be. Maybe they only gave lifetime to people above a certain amount, ah well.


I gave them $11 back in October of last year. That makes me think they had a threshold of $10 for goodies. Sorry man.

ambushsabre
Sep 1, 2009

It's...it's not shutting down!


Sperg Victorious posted:

The main problem with highwinds is that they do DMCA takedowns. Giganews does it too. So they're not unique. You'll always need a backup feed from someone.

I think all providers do DMCA takedowns (but remember, only a few blocks) so that they remain legal. I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the providers took down different blocks so with backups most stuff would be fully available.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006

COWABUNGA DUDES!



Yeah I'd rather the takedowns to keep occurring like they do because a $15 block news account will last me 10 years at the current usage rate. The big H company loves their DMCA requests but they're no major issue looking at my logs.

wolrah
May 8, 2006
what?


ambushsabre posted:

I think all providers do DMCA takedowns (but remember, only a few blocks) so that they remain legal. I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the providers took down different blocks so with backups most stuff would be fully available.

At least the ones I've run in to have been complete takedowns, not a block left on Supernews (Giganews). This is all in the realm of demos and such for my JTAG 360.

The Modern Leper
Dec 25, 2008

You must be a masochist


EC posted:

I used the full API key, but I doubt that would make a difference. Remember to use the full path, including /sabnzb on the end. The ports have to be forwarded as well, I would imagine.

Thanks... the reference to the full path made me go back and check. The original site would read directly from "localhost," but the new site requires an actual IP address. Made the correction.

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MeKeV
Aug 10, 2010


I've just set up the new couchpotato v2. So far I like the interface. Not had it snatch anything yet, but everything else seems to be working OK.

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