[Do This First: Test Properly] [Some Basics You Need To Know]
[Searching For Information] [Newsgroups: What They Are and How They Work]
[Finding Other Groups] [Creating New Newsgroups] [Making New Friends Online]
[Finding Computer Software and Troubleshooting Hardware or Software Problems]
[QUICK LINKS to Search Engines, Newsgroups, Web Pages and FTP Sites]
Administrative Statement ... Operating procedures, moderation criteria, how to contact moderators
Charter ... The official charter for the newsgroup, passed by a Usenet-wide vote
How to Post to NNQ ... Extended guidelines for what is considered acceptable in this newsgroup
Where to post your very first message ... It probably isn't where you would think it would be!
A Place to Test Your Posting Skills ... Why you shouldn't post tests to news.newusers.questions
Where to post test messages ... Hint: look for groups that say "test" in them
Test your posting ability at misc.test ... This takes you the newsgroup misc.test
Test your posting ability at alt.test ... This takes you the newsgroup alt.test
Quoting Text in Replies ... Something to test in the test newsgroups above
Making Money Fast Schemes ... You could lose your account in a heartbeat -- watch out for these scams
What is Spam? ... And why not to do it
Advertising and Selling ... Only takes place in special groups -- be prepared
Announcing Your Web Page ... Try your signature file instead of using 200 newsgroups -- trust us
How to cancel an article that you've posted ... Hint: it's best to not post it in the first place
Help in Your Language ... If you aren't that great at English, try these newsgroups
Writing Style on Usenet ... How to make your posts really easy to read!
Why newsgroups are not e-mail ... There's some big and small differences between the two
Disappearing Articles ... Yes, they will disappear eventually. Here's why
Crossposting Information ... How and when to do it, why and when you shouldn't
Where to find lists of newsgroups ... There are tens of thousands, worldwide
Master list of newsgroup hierarchies ... From alt.* to za.* and even further
Find new newsgroups ... This takes you the newsgroup news.groups.questions
Subscribing to Other Newsgroups ... Specifically for Netscape 3.x versions, but others may find it helpful too!
How to go to soc.penpals or any other newsgroup ... If it's a newsreader, the instructions are in this document
Public News Servers ... Where to look if your site doesn't get a newsgroup you want
secnews.netscape.com ... Newsgroups on the secure server at Netscape
Creating New Newsgroups ... Creating a group that reaches everyone is harder than you might think. Here are some details and links to other documents about the process
Newsgroup charters ...
How and Where to find them.
These are the "rules" for each newsgroup created in news.announce.newgroups
Personals and Requests for Girlfriends/Boyfriends ... If you want to make "special" friends
Meet new email contacts in soc.penpals ... This takes you the newsgroup soc.penpals
Socialize with others in soc.misc ... This takes you the newsgroup soc.misc
Learning About Other Cultures ... Learn about people in many soc.culture.* newsgroups
Traveling to Other Places ... How to get there once you've met people
Computer Problems and Questions ... Places to get you started
Finding an Offline Newsreader ... Because staying online for hours is really expensive
Pictures, Sounds, and Document Files ... These need to be posted in special places only
The Mac Orchard ... Internet applications and links for Macintosh users
Yahoo! index of web search engines
Yahoo! index of all-in-one searches
GO.com web search engine with "search within these results" feature
Yahoo! web page search
AltaVista web and news search
Google Groups (formerly DejaNews) newsgroup search
Vivisimo A Metasearch Engine. Accesses several search engines and organizes results into folders of related topics.
Slider An easy to use search engine that includes an index of websites, listed alphabetically, that one can browse. It also has a similar index for access to The Columbia Encyclopedia.
alltheweb Search for: Web pages, News, Pictures, Videos, MP3 files, FTP files
Tucows winsock (PC) software search
Stroud's winsock (PC) software search
The Mac Orchard macintosh software search
C|Net shareware software search
InfoSpace people and place search
Switchboard people and place search
Mapquest place and location search
Internet Movie Database film, video, and television search
FAQ search based on news.answers FAQs and periodic posts
local.test testing newsgroup
alt.answers reference newsgroup (alternative newsgroups)
alt.config alt.* group creation newsgroup
alt.test testing newsgroup
comp.answers reference newsgroup (computer software and hardware newsgroups)
comp.infosystems.www.announce newsgroup for announcing your web site
humanities.answers reference newsgroup (literature, philosophy, humanities newsgroups)
misc.answers reference newsgroup (miscellaneous topic newsgroups)
misc.forsale.non-computer for the sale of non-computer items
misc.test testing newsgroup
rec.answers reference newsgroup (recreational, entertainment, and hobby newsgroups)
sci.answers reference newsgroup (scientific and mathematical newsgroups)
soc.answers reference newsgroup (social sciences,
religious, cultural, and historical newsgroups)
soc.misc general discussion newsgroup
soc.penpals penpal and pen-friend newsgroup
soc.personals personals newsgroup
talk.answers reference newsgroup (high-traffic discussions about politics, religion, and other controversial issue newsgroups)
news.answers reference newsgroup for all of the above hierarchies
news.announce.newusers periodic postings for new users of the internet and newsgroups
news.announce.newgroups posts regarding proposals for newsgroups and the votes and results that follow
news.groups for the discussion and creation or modification of new or existing newsgroups
news.groups.questions for finding newsgroups and mailing lists on a given topic
news.newusers.questions questions and answers about usenet, newsgroups, and the internet in general
FAQ search based on news.answers FAQs and periodic posts
RTFM FAQ depository ftp site for news.answers and other FAQs
for all of the past and current "Big 8" newsgroups
Newsgroup charters at the new isc.org site
OneLook Dictionaries, The Faster Finder many dictionaries, find definitions of all sorts of words
Submit It! web site registration service
www.pleasehelp.com Good source of information for those that are completely new to the Internet. Tutorials on how to set up dialers, web browsers, email and more, for Windows and Macintosh systems.
www.howstuffworks.com If you want a better understanding of how something does what it does, this is the place to go.
www.grc.com Gibson Research - Steve Gibson's site offers very in-depth information and tools for security online.
www.dslreports.com Broadband Reports.com is probably the de facto standard site for information on DSL, cable and other high speed Internet services.
http://www.56k.com/ Previously dedicated to 56K modems, this site is expanding to include DSL, cable, and wireless internet information and resources.
www.modemhelp.org Good source for dial-up information, modem init strings, drivers, etc. It also has a section of information on high speed access and a discussion board.
www.driverguide.com This site offers a *huge* variety of drivers for devices of all kinds.
en.wikipedia.org A free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
www.speedguide.net The site focuses on system performance, stressing on improving TCP/IP performance over high speed/latency networks.
www.wown.com/j_helmig/guide.htm Step by Step networking procedure: "Networking for Dummies" - Clear, easy-to-use, Windows networking information.
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