I've been trying to download a TV episode from a binary newsgroup. My news server has a 200MB limit in a 24 hr period. My news server DOESN'T ask for a password or login name. If I close Outlook, then restart it, how does it know who I am? Is there a way to trick it into thinking I'm someone else. If not, does anyone know of a free newsgroup that would have alt.binary.multimedia?
I'm using XP Pro.
(I wasn't sure which forum this should have been posted in. I figured that the answer had to do with windows.)
I don't think you are going to find what you want ... not from a free newsgroup. Maintaining a server (or servers) costs money, and it can be incredibly expensive to run them, including the cost of bandwidth. Somewhere down the line, the money has to come from somewhere, and very few people are going to be altruistic enough to shoulder the entire load, especially when you are talking about thousands of dollars.
There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. The Internet isn't a giant BBS anymore.
It really won't matter if you start and restart Outlook, hoping to fool the news server. This is maintained by your ISP, and they are well aware of how much traffic is going down the pipe. They assigned your IP address ... and if your system wasn't identified, you couldn't get online.
If this isn't to your taste, I'd search around for another USENET service, and resign yourself to paying. This is usually less than ten dollars a month, so if it is important that you have unlimited downloads and access to the newsgroups, it might not be a bad investment.