Iam looking for a good usenet news server, I have read about giganews and was wondering if anybody has any good or bad opinions.
I use Astraweb http://www.news.astraweb.com/
A nice option from them is "Pay by Download", i.e. the ability to buy X gigabytes for Y dollars (there are 3 diffent plans). THE GIGABYTES DO NOT EXPIRE.
If it takes you years to burn off your gigabytes, the one-time payment is all you pay, until you need to top up. I'm a low-bandwidth user, almost exlusively plaintext groups. I paid US$25 for 65 gigabytes back in October 2004. My current status is...
Bytes Downloaded: 10,226,043,860 bytes (10.23 GB)
Downloads Left: 54,773,956,140 bytes (54.77 GB)
Also if any opinions on a good newsreader such as newsleecher / newsbinpro.
One size does not fit all. Because I use a newsreader for communication, not for downloading movies, I prefer slrn, although it's also half-decent for binaries. I've always been a "command-line-commando", since the "green-screen" days of CP/M. slrn is an excellent text-based newsreader. It also has the ability to spool to your harddrive, and read offline later. I follow a few groups, so I use this option.