Alright. Time to go old-school (unfortunately). I promise this will be one of the few overly complicated posts I’ll ever write here – but in order to install the Usenet clientSABnzbd on our NAS this is what we need to go through. This is what Linux is like – amazingly user-friendly. Bah, in terms of usability you should only consider Linux when there are no alternatives, at least if you want a simple life. However, as long as you can copy paste this should be perfectly ok and easy enough. So without further ado, here goes SABnzbd part 2, installing it on a ReadyNAS. And remember Ford Prefect in the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic.
Alright, so you have a Usenet provider (like Giganews) and a means of searching for files (indexing sites like Newzbin and nzbMatrix). Now you just need a means of actually downloading something. Following the same logic as BitTorrent you will need a download client, and there are quite a few of them availible on the net. I’m only going to mention one, and go through how you install it, because I consider it to be the best one.
Now that you’ve mastered Usenet and know all about newsgroups and retention let’s move on to the next topic of your digital home. Indexing sites for Usenet.
So far we’ve learned that Usenet is a worldwide public service that was created before the World Wide Web. It is used for discussion and sharing of information on any subject imaginable. There are lots of news-servers across the globe and periodically they connect to each other and exchange all missing information on either server. And so every bit of information posted by any user eventually gets distributed across the whole network. Just one small problem…
Let’s have a first quarter time-out here and go over the game plan. That way you can google stuff on your own and plan ahead. I’ll go over the details on each part later on, but this is the overall strategy for reaching our goal. Let’s make sure we can talk the game, as well as play the game.
First rule of Usenet. We do not talk about Usenet. Second rule of…
In the left corner, weighing in since 1979, the king of distributed systems, I give to you – Usenet! An old internet relic being streamlined and rapidly changing into an unstoppable juggernaut of file-sharing. It almost feels like a Rocky Balboa comeback, and the perfect example of how the old uncool becomes the new cool.