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_05.
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 and spammers.
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 include:
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
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 ⇒ [126.96.36.199].
(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 multiple attachments.
Gravity: free, open source, rule based.
Written in C++. Not compatible with highwinds.
Xnews: regex filtering, written in Delphi, does not
let you ignore or mark threads. Windows only. Not compatible with highwinds.
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 combination