Usenet and Newsgroups Freeware
Contrary to what some people think, the Web is not all there is to the Internet. Take the Usenet newsgroups, for example. There are many thousands of newsgroups in cyberspace, which serve as bulletin boards on which anyone can post content. With so many newsgroups in existence, there is one for any interest that you can imagine, from antique tractors to sushi to ancient Babylonian culture.
The newsgroups are a wonderful source of information if you need quick help on a certain topic (such as fixing an annoying computer glitch or finding help on getting a software program to run). Or if you simply want to discuss the issues of the day, there are plenty of lively debates raging in newsgroups at all hours.
The newsgroups contain far more than just text messages, though. You can find everything there from images and photos to sound files to multimedia files and software programs.
Below, we offer the Web's best free programs for getting the most out of the Usenet newsgroups. Some are good, all-around general newsgroup programs that can handle every task you can imagine. Others are more specialized and excel in one certain aspect of the newsgroups (such as automatically retrieving photos).