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Using a Newsgroup

Scroll through your own list. When you find a newsgroup you like, you can subscribe to it so that it is displayed in your Outlook Express Folders list. Subscribing provides easy access to your favorite newsgroups, eliminating the need to scroll through the long list on the server each time you want to visit a favorite newsgroup.

Select the newsgroups to which you want to subscribe by double-clicking them. When you do, an icon of a couple of folders appears to the left of the group's name. When you've selected all you want, click the OK button. Notice that the names of the newsgroups you selected are added to the Folders window of Outlook Express. The Newsgroup Subscription dialog box is replaced by the Subscription window shown in Figure 3.12.

Figure 3.12 In Sync. By subscribing to and syncing with different newsgroups, you can get Outlook to update them with new messages automatically.

The window lists the newsgroups to which you are now subscribed along with columns that show the number of messages you've read and the total messages in each group. The layout is similar to the Windows folder, or directory, structure when seen with Windows Explorer.

Finding Hidden Messages

Outlook Express doesn't always show all the messages that belong to a newsgroup when you double-click the group's name. Your Outlook Express might be set to show only 300 messages at a time. To change this, click Tools, Options, Read and uncheck the box labeled "Get (some number) headers at a time." Also, click View on the program's main menu followed by Current View, Show All Messages.

To see the messages contained in a newsgroup, either left-click the group's name in your Folders column or right-click it and choose Open. Outlook Express displays a list of the messages for that newsgroup. The messages' titles give you a good idea if a message contains anything you'd be interested in. Many of the messages are requests ("REQ:") for specific songs, enticements to MP3 Web and FTP sites, pleas for help, or simply everyday gripes. What you're looking for in particular are messages that contain encoded songs. You'll recognize these because they invariably include the name of the song and usually the artist who performs it, such as the following messages containing a Cyndi Lauper song among other assorted messages. (There were, alas, no Billy Idol songs.)

The Fixx

REQ.: "Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge - - - -PLEASE?

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (0/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (2/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (3/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (4/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (5/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (6/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (7/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (8/9)

(Cyndi Lauper) She Bop.mp3 (9/9)

FREE GAS SAVING TIPS!!! not topic, but important none the less!

Problems with napster

Attn: Folderol - Please Repost Roxanne - Track 3 - TIA :)

GnUtElLa, 10,000 CrAcKs and 10,000 SeRiAlLs, MP3's, NaKeD WoMeN, and MoRe!!!!!

REQ: "Coming Up Close" by Til Tuesday

In addition to the artist's name and song title, another sure clue that messages contain songs is the (0/9)—(9/9) following the message titles. These tell you that "She Bop" has been spread across nine messages. The first number is the order in which the separate parts must be rejoined to re-create the song. You can open up any single one of the song messages. But it takes several seconds even on a hot Internet connection, and all you'll see is gibberish:

M$CY2+O[_B(K>^9%ZL?Z"\A$XLB$"-:5"N6CX>0>E_D[,$Z&´´´´"B*863##*

To get Cyndi's song on your hard drive, you must download and decode all the messages that it comprises. It's not difficult, although there is one tricky element. But that's for the next chapter.

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