Wednesday, 09 April 2008, 15:08:44 EDT
I've removed my referral link to Usenetserver.com. I do not feel comfortable recommending them anymore. Over the past year they have gone from great to infuriating. There are times when the service says you are connected too many times when you haven't even been connected for hours. The SSL server gives 403 errors while the non-SSL server returns 223. But the non-SSL server, and the SSL server, randomly sends the wrong articles!
Needless to say, I'm in the market for a new Usenet provider. I tired out Newsguy.com's free trial last night, but it was too slow. I was never able to break 200KB/s down, and the initial connection took an inordinate amount of time. The problem is, there are really only a couple of good providers. Most of them are reselling someone else's service. Specifically, most of the market is in the hands of Highwinds (of which the fairest priced providers are a part) and Giganews. UNS is owned by Highwinds. So is Newsguy. But Newsguy seemed to work a little better, if slower, because it sent the correct articles for the same request that UNS was getting wrong. So I don't know if it is just UNS screwing the service up, or if it is an endemic problem with Highwinds.
Anyone have any suggestions? I want SSL included in the base, unlimited bandwidth, package along with no X-trace header, short post log retention, and long binary retention (100+ days preferred).