If you’re interested in experimenting with Usenet but not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge and get a paid account somewhere, XSUsenet is offering free (albeit reduced speed) Usenet accounts.
The speed and connection quality is significantly less than some of the providers we highlighted in our How-To Geek Guide to Usenet but free is free. With the XSUsenet free account you’re limited to 1MB download and 2 concurrent connections. It’s not much but it is free and more than sufficient if your Usenet needs lean towards conversation and small files.
Not sure what to do with your Usenet account? We’d recommend reading our Usenet guides in this order: Getting Started with Usenet, Supercharging Your SABnzbd Experience, and Using Sickbeard to Turn Your Usenet Connection into a Tivo.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 09/26/11