The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0_40.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Chrome for best results.
Trying to track newsgroups using a browser is a bit like eating your dinner with
toothpick. It can be done, but it is slow and awkward. That approach should be
reserved for emergencies. A newsreader is a program that lets you read postings in
newsgroups and post messages for the all the world to read. It is a specialised tool.
It does not work inside a browser. It lets you keep a record of your posts and other
people’s posts. It lets you keep good posts permanently. It organizes the posts
and allows you search your local database. It lets you filter out posts from twits
The newsreader talks a specialised newsgroup NNTP protocol to the newsserver, usually provided by your
ISP (Internet Service Provider). A browser talks to an HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
server such as Google. Newsreaders don’t talk to Google and browsers
don’t talk to new servers. Newsreaders use separate mechanism for delivering
news from the browser-based Google Groups that you may be used to. It is the same
content. Google works by translating between the two delivery mechanisms.
Newsreader Vendor List
Popular newsreader programs
Forté Agent. This is the one I
have been using since the early days of the Internet. I am not that familiar with
the others. It comes in free and pay versions. It appears to me incompatible with
the High Winds newsserver, though I cannot figure out why. It sometimes works if
you configure max connections to 5 and turn off the
adjust max connections feature.
40Tude Dialog: free for individuals,
for companies. Supports multiple servers, binary attachments, Unicode,
multi-threading, filtering, colourising to sort out quotation nesting depth,
multiple identities, email, random sigs and bookmarks. I discovered it would not
work with shawnews but it would with the equivalent
newsfarm.iad.highwinds-media.com. I think the
problem is the layers of indirection shawnews
⇒ shawnews.gv.shawcable.net ⇒
news.shawcable.net ⇒ newsfarm.iad.highwinds-media.com ⇒ [220.127.116.11].
Thunderbird (C++ opensource). A standalone
mailreader/newsreader. It organises the newgroup is a tree which is faster to
navigate that a simple linear list. Oddly it has no mechanism to delete messages
or filter out spam.
Newsbin: particularly good with
Gravity: free, open source, rule
based. Written in C++. Not compatible with
Xnews: regex filtering, written in Delphi, does
not let you ignore or mark threads. Windows only. Not compatible with
Opera. Opera is a browser but has a
built-in newsreader. Don’t confuse this with reading newsgroups via the
Google or Yahoo web interface to newsgroups. It only handles newservers that do
not require login.
Outlook. Outlook is a