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I'm posting and reading these forums through www.AccessMonster.com, but from other people's posts, I get the impression that many (if not most) other people seem to be accessing the same data through a newsgroup - a lot of the mistakenly categorised posts seem to be coming from there too. I'm not very familiar with how newsgroups work - would I be better off connecting to this forum through there, and if so, how do I get started?

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Nov 13 '05 #1
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Hi David.

You can download software specially for newsgroups, but you probably already
have Outlook Express on your computer.

1. Open OE, and go to:
Tools | Accounts | Add | News

2. Enter your display name.

3. Enter a munged or invalid email address (to avoid spam).

4. Enter the name of your ISP's news server. It is available from their
configuartion page. Typically something like:
news.YourIspNameHere.com
If you can't find it, you can use:
news.microsoft.com
though this will give you the microsoft groups only and not this one.

5. Right-click the news server in the Folders window, and choose Newsgroups.
It will now load a list of thr groups, and you can search for those
containing "access" to locate the groups you wish to subscribe to. If you
don't see the Folders window:
View | Layout | Folder List

And yes: it is *much* easier to follow the threads with a newsreader rather
than a web interface.

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Allen Browne - Microsoft MVP. Perth, Western Australia.
Tips for Access users - http://allenbrowne.com/tips.html
Reply to group, rather than allenbrowne at mvps dot org.

"David Seeto via AccessMonster.com" <fo***@AccessMonster.com> wrote in
message news:ae******************************@AccessMonste r.com...
I'm posting and reading these forums through www.AccessMonster.com, but
from other people's posts, I get the impression that many (if not most)
other people seem to be accessing the same data through a newsgroup - a
lot of the mistakenly categorised posts seem to be coming from there too.
I'm not very familiar with how newsgroups work - would I be better off
connecting to this forum through there, and if so, how do I get started?

Nov 13 '05 #2

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After taking a quick look at the AccessMonster site, I'm shocked that you
even found that site .. there's little if nothing of value there, and it
appears to be just a site that piggyback's off newsgroups, MSDN articles,
and paid ads from vendors. And, the site has not a shred of info about who
runs the site.

I'd be embarassed to put my name on it too.

Darryl Kerkeslager


"David Seeto via AccessMonster.com" <fo***@AccessMonster.com> wrote:
I'm posting and reading these forums through www.AccessMonster.com, but from other people's posts, I get the impression that many (if not most)
other people seem to be accessing the same data through a newsgroup - a lot
of the mistakenly categorised posts seem to be coming from there too. I'm
not very familiar with how newsgroups work - would I be better off
connecting to this forum through there, and if so, how do I get started?
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Nov 13 '05 #3

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Ah - thanks a lot Allen, that clears up a fair bit of my confusion :)
4. Enter the name of your ISP's news server.


Um, I'm accessing the web via my work network, and we're pretty simple intranet wise... I'm pretty sure we don't have a news server, or even if we did have one with our ISP, it wouldn't get through our corporate firewall. I'll keep it in mind if the situation changes - thanks!

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Nov 13 '05 #4

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"David Seeto via AccessMonster.com" <fo***@AccessMonster.com> wrote in
message news:48******************************@AccessMonste r.com...
Ah - thanks a lot Allen, that clears up a fair bit of my confusion :)
4. Enter the name of your ISP's news server.


Um, I'm accessing the web via my work network, and we're pretty simple

intranet wise... I'm pretty sure we don't have a news server, or even if we
did have one with our ISP, it wouldn't get through our corporate firewall.
I'll keep it in mind if the situation changes - thanks!

You can also access these newsgroups online... http://support.microsoft.com,
and on the left under "Support Options", hover over "Self Support Options"
and choose "Microsoft Newsgroups". I don't know anything about your current
provider, so couldn't compare the two, but I have used the online access at
Microsoft from behind a corporate firewall.

Larry Linson
Microsoft Access MVP

Nov 13 '05 #5

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"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localhost.not> wrote:
You can also access these newsgroups online... http://support.microsoft.com,
and on the left under "Support Options", hover over "Self Support Options"
and choose "Microsoft Newsgroups". I don't know anything about your current
provider, so couldn't compare the two, but I have used the online access at
Microsoft from behind a corporate firewall.


One client has a firewall/censor filter which doesn't allow you to visit some
websites including groups.google.com. However you can visit groups.google.ca just
fine. <smirk>

Tony
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Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
Nov 13 '05 #6

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"Larry Linson" <bo*****@localhost.not> wrote:
You can also access these newsgroups online... http://support.microsoft.com,
and on the left under "Support Options", hover over "Self Support Options"
and choose "Microsoft Newsgroups". I don't know anything about your current
provider, so couldn't compare the two, but I have used the online access at
Microsoft from behind a corporate firewall.


One client has a firewall/censor filter which doesn't allow you to visit some
websites including groups.google.com. However you can visit groups.google.ca just
fine. <smirk>

Tony
--
Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
Please respond only in the newsgroups so that others can
read the entire thread of messages.
Microsoft Access Links, Hints, Tips & Accounting Systems at
http://www.granite.ab.ca/accsmstr.htm
Nov 13 '05 #7

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Most if not all ISP's have news servers: typically called something like
news.myISP.com

If you have a corporate firewall, you need to
a) find a newsreader/server that can get around the firewall
(which is what you are doing: using http to a website instead
of nttp to a news server)

or

b) Open the news port on the firewall

or

c) Use a firewall client to go through the firewall.
This is how the MS system works: you have the MS firewall
on your server, and the MS firewall client on each PC.
The MS firewall client knows what programs are permitted
to go through the firewall, and carries them through.

By default, the MS system is set to allow fundamental
network programs access through the firewall, and MS
Outlook Express can get through to the internet.

But it only works if the Firewall client is installed,
which is not always the case in a corporate environment.
On the other hand, you are not likely to know unless you
try.

Internet Explorer does not require a separate Firewall
client to get through a standard firewall, because IE
is itself 'firewall aware', and knows how to connect
directly to a standard firewall as a client.
"David Seeto via AccessMonster.com" <fo***@AccessMonster.com> wrote in
message news:48******************************@AccessMonste r.com...
Ah - thanks a lot Allen, that clears up a fair bit of my confusion :)
4. Enter the name of your ISP's news server.
Um, I'm accessing the web via my work network, and we're pretty simple

intranet wise... I'm pretty sure we don't have a news server, or even if we
did have one with our ISP, it wouldn't get through our corporate firewall.
I'll keep it in mind if the situation changes - thanks!
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Message posted via http://www.accessmonster.com

Nov 13 '05 #8

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Most if not all ISP's have news servers: typically called something like
news.myISP.com

If you have a corporate firewall, you need to
a) find a newsreader/server that can get around the firewall
(which is what you are doing: using http to a website instead
of nttp to a news server)

or

b) Open the news port on the firewall

or

c) Use a firewall client to go through the firewall.
This is how the MS system works: you have the MS firewall
on your server, and the MS firewall client on each PC.
The MS firewall client knows what programs are permitted
to go through the firewall, and carries them through.

By default, the MS system is set to allow fundamental
network programs access through the firewall, and MS
Outlook Express can get through to the internet.

But it only works if the Firewall client is installed,
which is not always the case in a corporate environment.
On the other hand, you are not likely to know unless you
try.

Internet Explorer does not require a separate Firewall
client to get through a standard firewall, because IE
is itself 'firewall aware', and knows how to connect
directly to a standard firewall as a client.
"David Seeto via AccessMonster.com" <fo***@AccessMonster.com> wrote in
message news:48******************************@AccessMonste r.com...
Ah - thanks a lot Allen, that clears up a fair bit of my confusion :)
4. Enter the name of your ISP's news server.
Um, I'm accessing the web via my work network, and we're pretty simple

intranet wise... I'm pretty sure we don't have a news server, or even if we
did have one with our ISP, it wouldn't get through our corporate firewall.
I'll keep it in mind if the situation changes - thanks!
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Nov 13 '05 #9

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