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Jakub Anderwald » Install local usenet new server to save time

Jakub Anderwald » Install local usenet new server to save time | Windows Server Install | Scoop.it

I’m a heavy usenet (newsgroups) user. I find it way faster than any other communication / collaboration method.

There’s one downside to using “fat clients” – every message is fetched from the server when you read it. It might have been a good solution when dialups ruled, but nowadays it would be much easier to just download everything and read afterwards – you wouldn’t have to wait a second or two for every message to be transferred. Unfortunately, you have to use tricks with “offline mode” to force such behaviour on regular usenet readers (e.g. Mozilla Thunderbird).

At some point in time I said “enough” to loosing those seconds and started looking for solution. I found one – I’ve set up a local proxy news (nntp) server. Yes, it sounds complicated and serious, but it’s not.

Messages download instantly and I can save a lot of time this way.

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Install Trac on Windows 2003 server

I was searching for some task / ticket management system for my small project I’m doing with a friend. Previously we were using Nozbe but it became too small and it had its own glitches. I did some research and decided to go for Trac. It’s simple, expandable and integrates nicely with subversion.

I spent almost two days installing it on my Windows 2003 development / test server so I wrote a step-by-step manual for future reference.

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