Roadrunner used to provide USENET access to their customers. I can still ping news-server.wi.rr.com (188.8.131.52) 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 eternal-september.org but they seem to have gone offline permanently. The big one now is aoie.org and they claim to provide USENET on an array of ports at nntp.aoie.org but a port scan there shows that only port 80 is open. When I connect there, I get the aoie.org website content just as one would expect to see on port 80. So what am I missing? Could someone try to connect to nntp.aoie.org 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 aoie.org is really just a pile of shit masquerading as a free USENET service. Thanks!