Post by Norman Wells Post by Ian Jackson
Is it not a good idea to have set up several news servers that you
can use? I have seven - one provided by my ISP, one pay-for 10 euro
per year), and five free (including ES). All are active (although
four are maybe only used for one newsgroup). My mail/news client
(Turnpike) warns when any of the servers is not responding, and it's
only a minute's work to determine which it is. I can then set the
newsgroup(s) affected to use one the other news servers instead.
That sounds absurdly complicated and unnecessary to me.
For you, I suppose it could be!
Post by Norman Wells
What's wrong with using just the one you pay for, which I assume is
news.individual.net? Have you known it ever go wrong for any length of
The reason I have a number of servers to access is partly historical.
Some years ago, as part of a programme of continually improving its
service to its loyal customers, my ISP (Demon and its successors -
currently Vodafone) decide to ditch its part-of-the-package news server.
Fortunately, there were some alternatives, ES being one of the best -
and free. However, as backup, I also found another couple of freebies. I
also eventually decided to sign up for the pay-for NIN.
When Demonfone decided last year to cut its service to zero, and ceased
providing even an email service, I moved to Plusnet - and this gained me
another part-of-the-package news server. As a result, I now have a
collection of seven. I've got them sitting there in my News Collection
configuration, and while I suppose I could delete two or three, unless
you wish to advise me otherwise I can't see any particular virtue in