Posting binaries to Usenet can be very simple depending on the newsreader or tools that you have installed on your computer. Depending on what type of system you have- Windows, Mac or Linux, it will determine what programs that you use to upload to Usenet. Before you decide what you want to upload to Usenet, keep in mind that it will be seen by the masses. Same rules generally apply for posting to the text groups, but instead of loading text files, you will be uploading larger sized file archives.
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For now, we will discuss how to post binaries from a windows machine since that covers the largest audience. There are several utilities that you can use on a windows machine. The editors at NewsgroupReviews have decided to select what we believe to be the most popular shareware tools to reliably upload to Usenet. As always, if you like a piece of software, please either purchase or donate to the developers.
NGR recommends these utilities because they support multiple languages and are free to download and use. If you do use the program often, we always recommend purchasing the full version of any shareware program to support the developers.
In addition to these tools above, you will also need:
- Reliable Internet access
- Newsgroup Provider – unfortunately it’s hard to find a free news server that supports binaries. Luckily, there are many payservers that are quite inexpensive. With leading Usenet providers offering unlimited Usenet downloads for under $10 a month.
Things to think about before posting binaries:
- Before you post any binary to a newsgroup, consider posting it in a newsgroup that allows binaries. They are usually designated with the words binaries such as alt.binaries.*. Try to also post the binary in a newsgroup whose topic is related to the content you are posting. For example, do not post your HD family vacation of you skydiving into a binary newsgroup that is meant for sound files. Post it in a newsgroup that is related in topic to video or HD video. – Prepare a NFO file that describes what the file is.
- Consider uploading PAR2 files with the binary so that whoever downloads the binary archive can repair it if the file is corrupt or incomplete.
- Create an NZB for easy downloading. Many folks who access Usenet do not know how to use it without NZB’s.
In most cases, when uploading large binary files to Usenet, a user will need to “split” the file into several smaller parts or archives/volumes. The resulting parts of these files can be in the RAR format and will look like: part01.rar, part02.rar, .r00, .r01, filename.RAR, etc. These RAR files are smaller which makes the file easier to post and download from usenet.
For the first part of our “how to post a binary” tutorial, NGR has selected WinRAR as the tool of choice for compressing and splitting the file.
You can also find the “how to split files-how to create an archive” in our WINRAR tutorial section.
Now on to step 1 – Splitting files / creating RAR files