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Anonymous
January 31, 2005 4:05:58 PM

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It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to this
newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
correct this? I couldn't find a solution.

Thanks!
Anonymous
January 31, 2005 4:05:59 PM

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In article <W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06>,
"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote:

> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to this
> newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
> hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.

Search your newsreader's help for a "mark newsgroup read" function.
Anonymous
January 31, 2005 4:05:59 PM

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If ;you are using Outlook Express, go to Edit and select "Catch UP" This
will mark all of the messages read and then you can proceed on a daily basis
with only 300-400 new messages. :) 

Don

"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06...
> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to
> this newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in
> the hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can
> use to correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>
> Thanks!
>
Related resources
January 31, 2005 4:05:59 PM

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I had over 200,000 until I discovered the Delete key. Highlight (select) a
group of older msg and press delete. Voila! Gone but not forgotten.


"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote in message
news:W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06...
> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to
this
> newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
> hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
Anonymous
January 31, 2005 4:54:14 PM

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Donald Specker wrote:
> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it
> takes my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups,
> and everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017)
> next to this newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My
> others are in the hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there
> a setting I can use to correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>
> Thanks!

There are four new, recently created, more specialised newsgroups designed
to lighten the load here a little:

rec.photo.digital.point+shoot
- low end point and shoot cameras

rec.photo.digital.rangefinder
- digital rangefinder cameras

rec.photo.digital.slr-systems
- interchangeable lens system cameras

rec.photo.digital.zlr
- high-end fixed-lens SLR-like cameras

rec.photo.digital
- for the non-specialised topics

As people gradually use the new groups most appropriate to their
particular topic, the number of postings here will reduce.

Cheers,
David
Anonymous
January 31, 2005 7:12:38 PM

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On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 13:54:14 -0000, "David J Taylor"
<david-taylor@invalid.com> wrote:

>There are four new, recently created, more specialised newsgroups designed
>to lighten the load here a little:
>
>rec.photo.digital.point+shoot
> - low end point and shoot cameras
>
>rec.photo.digital.rangefinder
> - digital rangefinder cameras
>
>rec.photo.digital.slr-systems
> - interchangeable lens system cameras
>
>rec.photo.digital.zlr
> - high-end fixed-lens SLR-like cameras
>
>rec.photo.digital
> - for the non-specialised topics
>
>As people gradually use the new groups most appropriate to their
>particular topic, the number of postings here will reduce.

Or more and more posting will be cross posted to this and another
group. Of the few groups I read, this has the worst signal to noise
ratio of them all.IE: "shooting digital vs film" over 1276 posts at
the time of this one. "A truly HORRIFIC tsunami picture " over 675
posts at the time of this one. The threads convolute rapidly in here.
Some start OT but many others go there in short order.

>
>Cheers,
>David
>
>
Anonymous
January 31, 2005 7:27:23 PM

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Donald Specker wrote:
> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group
> - it takes my computer a long time to load them. I have other
> newsgroups, and everything's fine with them. I do notice that
> it says (117017) next to this newsgroup name - is that number
> of active messages? My others are in the hundreds or
> thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>
> Thanks!

I have the same problem using Outlook Express with Giganews -
which does just what its name says.

What I've done is switch to using Google for access, especially
to this group. With a web based solution like Google, nothing is
downloaded to your machine. The data always resides on the
server and you just get one page full of headers or messages at a
time. So it's very fast.

If you want to try using Google, go to http://groups.google.com
or go to the Google search page and click Groups.

You then have to register. You can use the same email address
and identity that you have configured into Outlook Express.
People looking at my postings don't see any real difference
between the postings I made with OE and the postings I made with
Google. So there's no need to abandon OE when you want to use
it. When I click Alt-H in OE to just see threads I've posted to,
the ones I posted through Google show up.

There are pros and cons of using the Google approach. You might
not like it as much, or you might like it better. But you need
to get used to it for a while before you can really judge.

Alan
Anonymous
February 1, 2005 12:38:08 AM

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On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 11:32:13 -0500, "BobS" <sturdevr@yahoo.com> wrote:

>"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote in message
>news:W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06...
>> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
>> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
>> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to
>this
>> newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
>> hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
>> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.

>I had over 200,000 until I discovered the Delete key. Highlight (select) a
>group of older msg and press delete. Voila! Gone but not forgotten.


Switch to Forte Agent. Offers good control of what you download, purges
older messages automatically if you want it to, you can set separate
retention times for each group, watch lists, kill files, filters, ignore
threads ...

And in six years of using it I've encountered a grand total of one bug.

--
Stephen Poley
Anonymous
February 1, 2005 12:38:09 AM

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>>"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote in message
>>news:W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06...
>>
>>>It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
>>>my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
>>>everything's fine with them.

Mozilla, which is free, has a setting which allows you to see headers
only for unread messages. As you scroll through the headers, you can
select what you want to read. The text then pops up instantly. You
never download the whole message file for the day. At the end of the
session you can mark all the remaining headers as read (in a single
click) and you won't see them again.
Can't imagine anything that would be much faster!

-- Ron
Anonymous
February 1, 2005 3:18:04 AM

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On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 13:05:58 GMT, Donald Specker wrote:
> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to this
> newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
> hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.

There is a switch or a button on the front of your PC for this problem.
Anonymous
February 1, 2005 3:22:45 AM

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On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 16:12:38 GMT, ZONED! wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 13:54:14 -0000, "David J Taylor"
><david-taylor@invalid.com> wrote:
>
>>There are four new, recently created, more specialised newsgroups designed
>>to lighten the load here a little:
>>
<snip>

>>As people gradually use the new groups most appropriate to their
>>particular topic, the number of postings here will reduce.
>
> Or more and more posting will be cross posted to this and another
> group.

Crossposted !! ??
Hell, they'll be MultiPosted!!!

Crossposting I can handle with my ng reader.

The best solution is to filter and score heavily -- using a *real*
ng reader such as slrn. Then, pay attention to just that which
floats to the top -- then "catch-up" -- then get on with your life.
Anonymous
February 1, 2005 10:04:43 AM

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On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 23:19:58 +0000, Ronald Hands wrote:


>>>"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote in message
>>>news:W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06...
>>>
>>>>It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it
>>>>takes my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups,
>>>>and everything's fine with them.
>
> Mozilla, which is free, has a setting which allows you to see headers
> only for unread messages.

Mozilla-Thunderbird takes less space & is faster than full Mozilla. OP
can set expiry in it to a desired level.

--

Gautam Majumdar

Please send e-mails to gmajumdar@freeuk.com
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 12:46:09 AM

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I've been using Google for some time now and am totally pleased with
it. It presents you with the complete thread in the order you choose.
I have three other news servers available and none beats the Google
propagation. It's very seldom that I feel like I've missed a post in a
thread, where with the others, I had the feeling things were missing
all the time or I would see posts qouting something I'd never read
before. Kudos to Google for the new Beta version. It keeps track of
threads I've contributed to in every group I'm subscribed to and lets
me know when something new has been added to those threads. I don't
think it's perfect, but it beats the heck our of all the other
alternatives I've seen.
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 4:56:13 AM

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Kitt wrote:
> I've been using Google for some time now and am totally pleased with
> it. It presents you with the complete thread in the order you choose.
> I have three other news servers available and none beats the Google
> propagation. It's very seldom that I feel like I've missed a post in a
> thread, where with the others, I had the feeling things were missing
> all the time or I would see posts qouting something I'd never read
> before. Kudos to Google for the new Beta version. It keeps track of
> threads I've contributed to in every group I'm subscribed to and lets
> me know when something new has been added to those threads. I don't
> think it's perfect, but it beats the heck our of all the other
> alternatives I've seen.
>

Then you need to explore other alternatives. ALL web-based news readers
stink to high heaven. Try something like Thunderbird and a reliable
news service, like Airnews (for text groups), or Giganews for text and
binaries.


--
Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 3:01:03 PM

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Have you tried the new Google Groups? In what way do you think it
'stinks'? I have no need for Thunderbird, Opera, Forte or even Outlook
Express. I don't use any on board memory and I have access to the
Google/ Deja archive at my fingertips. Unlike the old days of slow
modems and mhz processors, I have broad band and a 3.2ghz processor, so
response is nearly instantaneous, organization is flawless, propagation
couldn't be much better and I waste none of my on site resources.
Again I ask, how does that 'stink'?
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 4:21:49 PM

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In article <W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06>,
"Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote:

> It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
> my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
> everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to this
> newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
> hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
> correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>
Some newsreaders have a Mark As Read feature. The next time you download
the headers, these are deleted from the list. Among the binary groups
this is useful to save people downloading the same binary twice.
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 4:21:50 PM

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Stewy wrote:
> In article <W2qLd.2565$QS5.1844@trndny06>,
> "Donald Specker" <donald.specker@verizon.net> wrote:
>
>
>>It seems that there are too many messages sitting in this group - it takes
>>my computer a long time to load them. I have other newsgroups, and
>>everything's fine with them. I do notice that it says (117017) next to this
>>newsgroup name - is that number of active messages? My others are in the
>>hundreds or thousands, not 100 thousands. Is there a setting I can use to
>>correct this? I couldn't find a solution.
>>
>
> Some newsreaders have a Mark As Read feature. The next time you download
> the headers, these are deleted from the list. Among the binary groups
> this is useful to save people downloading the same binary twice.

I can't imagine using a newsreader that doesn't know better than to
download all the headers each time. Or maybe it is the user who
doensn't know better....


--
Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net
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