|News Reader Configuration
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Forte Agent/Free Agent Configuration for Datasync
Forte Free Agent is a powerful Usenet news reader which utilizes the NNTP protocol to
retrieve and post news from/to a Usenet server. It is a freeware version of Forte Agent, a
commercial product with even more features. For more information about Agent including how
to order, see the Agent web site.
First, choose and create a directory in which to install Free Agent. Copy FAGENT10.ZIP
into it, and run PKUNZIP on it to extract its contents. Detailed installation instructions
in the README.TXT.
You probably want to create an Agent icon in Program Manager. Drag AGENT.EXE
from File Manager into the program group of your choice in Program Manager to accomplish
To access Datasync's news server, you need to have your PPP or SLIP connection up and
running. If you haven't done that yet, do so before proceeding.
Run AGENT.EXE. You'll see a dialog in which certain information must be
entered for Free Agent to operate. The correct values for these items are:
- News (NNTP) Server: news.datasync.com
- Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.datasync.com
- Email Address: Your login ID followed by @datasync.com e.g. email@example.com. Do not
put a capital P in front.
- Full Name: This is optional.
- Time Zone: As appropriate.
Free Agent will then offer to download the list of newsgroups carried on the server,
which is a good thing to do but may take several minutes, as there are several thousand.
Free Agent has extensive help available under the Help menu. It has many configurable
options for setting reading preferences, working offline, etc. One box you should be
sure not to check is the Server requires authorization login box. Our server
authenticates only by host address, not by passwords.
If you're completely new to Usenet, a good group to start out in is news.newusers.questions. Check
out our Usenet information page for a
current list of the groups we carry.
Microsoft Internet News
This document assumes the reader has already installed Microsoft Internet News and
needs to correct its configuration.
The configuration settings are under News..Options. The most important section
here is marked Server. Be sure all of these settings under Server are correct:
- Name: Anything you want. This will appear in the From: header of your posts.
- Organization: This is optional and may be left blank. If you put something here
it will appear in an Organization: header in your posts.
- Email address: This or the Reply Address must be correct if you want to receive
email replies to your posts. In most cases this will be your login ID in all lower case
and without a capital P prepended, followed by @datasync.com. For example, if
your login is john and you use Pjohn in the Dialup Networking configuration,
the correct Email address for you is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reply address: This is the same as Email address except goes in the Reply-To:
header in your posts instead of the From: header. If you specify a different address in
this box, replies will go to it instead of the Email address.
- News server(s): Be sure news.datasync.com is listed in this box and shows as
the Default Server. If it's not, press Add and fill in the News Server Properties
dialog as follows:
- News Server Name: Enter news.datasync.com
- Do not check the This server requires me to login box. Except for a few
special cases who know who they are, if you try to logon you will be denied access to
- Press Set As Default is this server is not already the default.
- On the Connection tab, the proper setting is I use a modem to access my newsgroups
unless you are on a local-area network.
Concerning the Email address and Reply address settings: unfortunately,
if you post your real e-mail address to newsgroups, you will soon start receiving lots of
junk email. The junk mailers harvest addresses from news posts to form their junk-mail
lists. For this reason many people have stopped using their real addresses here. A common
workaround is to use a modified form of your real address instead and put instructions in
your signature so people who wish to reply may do so. For instance, configure your Email
address as username@NOSPAMdatasync.com and in your signature let readers know to edit
out the NOSPAM before replying.
In the Send section these settings are recommended:
- Under News Sending Format, select Plain Text. Not everyone uses
HTML-capable news readers.
- In the Plain Text Settings dialog, select MIME for the encoding method and
encode text using None.
In the Signature section, you can enter a signature to be appended to the bottom
of every message you post. This is a useful feature. Long signatures are wasteful and
generally frowned upon; the accepted convention for signatures is four lines or less.