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Topic # 90371 20-Sep-2011 21:11 Send private message

Access to news.orcon.net.nz has not been possible now for over 24 hours.  I have notified support but it occured to me that Orcon may have ditched this service.  If so did anyone spot an announcement?

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  Reply # 523801 20-Sep-2011 22:37 Send private message

I dont think we have supported the service for some time.
I can take a look but i cant promise I can resolve the issue.

How many people here value such a service?

Paul




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  Reply # 523838 21-Sep-2011 06:08 Send private message

I have been using it for years. Its been down about 2 days (timing out). I emailed help and they said it was working fine for them.

I have a job open for it.


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  Reply # 523970 21-Sep-2011 11:35 Send private message

I'd stopped using the Orcon usenet service as the retention and completion was so bad. How was it behaving before it went away?




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  Reply # 524047 21-Sep-2011 13:34 Send private message

openmedia: I'd stopped using the Orcon usenet service as the retention and completion was so bad. How was it behaving before it went away?


Not uncommon.

I used to heavily use the usenet server on ihug (pre Vodafone days) and it was about as reliable as the Auckland trains during RWC. 






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  Reply # 524221 21-Sep-2011 17:45 Send private message

[I dont think we have supported the service for some time. 
I can take a look but i cant promise I can resolve the issue. ]

Bring back Seeby Woodhouse.  As Orcon's founder he understood what Usenet was and was an occasional user. 

I came to Orcon when Xtra turned off their NNTP server some years ago.  I understand that Usenet is not widely used but as long as I can find an ISP that provides an NNTP server I will keep moving.  If Orcon no longer support this service then I would be keen to see the announcement that I missed.

 

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  Reply # 524427 22-Sep-2011 09:18 Send private message

I will be taking a look at the usenet server today.
However it depends on what the failure is as to what can be done.

Ill let you know once i have taken a look as to what is likely to happen.

Paul




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  Reply # 524849 23-Sep-2011 06:04 Send private message

Was working last night again. Thanks Paul.

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  Reply # 524909 23-Sep-2011 10:07 Send private message

Dont thank me yet.
I need to take a good look at it as its not really running as it should.

It may bounce a bit while we investigate.




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  Reply # 528370 3-Oct-2011 06:25 Send private message

Its been all working fine since ptinson did what ever he did. I got this from Orcon on the weekend. It seems the helpdesk doesnt know what they run :-)

"I have looked into this for you and we no longer run or support the newsgroup server.

Feel free to email me back or give me a call if you have any other questions at all.

Thanks for contacting us.

The Team@Orcon"

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  Reply # 528406 3-Oct-2011 09:05 Send private message

I would not count on it being very stable though.

Because I managed to restart the server doesn't mean its operationally supported, it just means its running.
I am not in operations, I simply made an old server start again while we work out what we do with it.

Paul




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  Reply # 528503 3-Oct-2011 13:34 Send private message

Orcon have provided a Usenet server from day 1.  The original owner of Orcon (Seeby Woodhouse) was a sometime poster to nz* groups and Orcon also ran their own (private) newsgroups.  Posting guidelines for Usenet appear in the Orcon Terms and Conditions.

Can Orcon please confirm whether or not they support their Usenet (NNTP) server - news.orcon.net.nz? 

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  Reply # 528600 3-Oct-2011 16:18 Send private message

Well Seeby cashed out ages ago and probably the cost of running the server vs the benefit for people who actually use it probably doesn't work out.

Is it in the OZone aka un-metered currently?

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  Reply # 580397 12-Feb-2012 10:08 Send private message

I have heard Orcon is planning to shutdown the NNTP server one more time, and it won't be coming back.





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  Reply # 580479 12-Feb-2012 13:14 Send private message

freitasm: I have heard Orcon is planning to shutdown the NNTP server one more time, and it won't be coming back.



As far as I'm concerned it won't be missed.  There's nothing there any way on  binary.. Last time I looked at text groups they were few and far between as it was.. At home the total used over all my usenet servers for this month has been 5.25 Gig and orcon is .99Meg.  Not even 1 meg of download..




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  Reply # 580481 12-Feb-2012 13:16 Send private message

ISP realises NNTP is maibnly used for copyright infringement these days, so naturally they want to move away from this kind of thing.





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