NewsBin is software that downloads files from Usenet Newsgroups.
An account with a Usenet News Server is required to use NewsBin
One time fee for the Full version of NewsBin Pro.
Note: The Tax Weekend Discount of $25 will be applied to your order.
-> Does not include Internet Search <-
I bought Newsbin back in 2006. It's a most excellent binary news reader. I don't use their search service as that's the expensive part. In fact they are in beta for version 6 which is a major update for the UI. Floating windows and such. Has automatic par repair and unrar built in.
I won't get into a debate about usenet. I think many of the discussion forums have gone to the web. But with dozens of thousands of individual groups I think you can find a few that are amusing.
Newsbin is built for binary download, as mentioned. For stuff like Tennis discussion group you would probably want to use something like Gravity.
I also use UsenetExplorer where a license purchase gives you a certain amount of time subscribed to the search engine(was 18 months but I think it's down to annual now.) But there are free search engines you can use from your browser.
I did learn from experience that Newbin stores some encrypted data in the registry. If you use a registry cleaner it's a good idea to open Newsbin Help Menu and click Register/Update Key. Otherwise 7 days later it will tell you the trial is over etc.. The cleaner just deletes the token that shows you paid.
Their forum is quite useful. Reported bugs that can be verified are usually fixed promptly. The online help is being revamped for v. 6 and is vastly improved compared to 2006.
Also if you have multiple physical HD you can set the unrar destination to a different drive to reduce thrashing and speed up the assembly of the downloaded parts.
Usenet Explorer is also a nice app. But I use Newsbin constantly and mainly use UE for the search engine component.
For $10 if you have any interest in usenet binaries you'd be crazy not to go for this deal.
edit: I guess I should mention, if you have broadband, a Giganews account or other comparable premium service, will let you download at full bandwidth. Both Newsbin and UE download at full throttle from my Giganews server.