One of the things that never seems to get much coverage
is newsgroups. These can be an absolute
goldmine of information and deliver vast amounts
of data surfers would otherwise have to search long and hard
Newsgroups are really no more than a vast collection of
enthusiasts who have a lot of fun talking to people with
the same interests as them, and who are usually ready and
willing to help people answer questions they may have on
almost any topic.
Just reading the other postings can be extremely interesting
as you can glean many ideas from what you see other people
asking and being told.
One note of caution though - do not post files to a newsgroup
as it is considered bad 'netiquette' and nobody will open them
anyway for fear of a virus. Put your question into words, post
it and then simply wait for someone to help you.
One of the reasons that newsgroups get bad coverage is because
of some of the more distasteful groups that are out there.
Avoid any group with alt.binaries in it and you won't go far
wrong. It would be a real shame if a few bad apples spoiled
an otherwise excellent resource.
The easiest way to access newsgroups is through your email
client, such as Outlook Express or Netscape Messenger, but
if you want to search the stings for something specific to
your question then Google has a site that archives all the
questions and answers that get posted at www.groups.google.com.
just like a search engine, you put in words to narrow down