USENET Tomfoolery

Roadrunner used to provide USENET access to their customers.  I can still ping ( but a port scan shows that only port 80 (HTTP) is open and I can’t even connect to that – SYN packets go unACK’d.  I used to get free USENET through but they seem to have gone offline permanently.  The big one now is and they claim to provide USENET on an array of ports at but a port scan there shows that only port 80 is open.  When I connect there, I get the website content just as one would expect to see on port 80.  So what am I missing?  Could someone try to connect to on port 119 for me and let me know?  Anything will do – a port scan, telent to port 119, NNTP client connection, anything to let me know if it’s my router being flaky or if is really just a pile of shit masquerading as a free USENET service.  Thanks!

  1. #1 by Chadwick on May 26, 2010 - 1:46 PM

    I’m not sure AOIE is masquerading as much of anything now. When I pop by their page proper, I get a “inquire about this domain” page, with the usual spread of links to various BS that you get with those things.

    • #2 by Joshua on May 26, 2010 - 1:48 PM

      Huh. Okay thanks anyway.

      • #3 by Chadwick on May 26, 2010 - 1:59 PM

        It’s hard to find anything much for USENET these days.

        • #4 by Joshua on May 26, 2010 - 2:01 PM

          As far as access goes yeah but it kinda sucks because if I check out alt.books.pratchett on Google Groups, there’s actually pretty good discussion happening! Same goes for

  2. #5 by Phillip on May 28, 2010 - 1:46 PM

    I’ll admit, I use USENET quite a bit, but then again, I also pay for it. I remember using the RR provided one and it blew. Not too long after, I got a USENET account that I think had a 100MB monthly quota on it, but for text, that’s fine. The only problem is I don’t remember where I got it.

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