SABnzbd Releases Version 2.3

SABnzbd continues to refine their popular Usenet browser.  The SABnzbd 2.3 release includes an update to SABYenc and performance improvements on CPU limited devices. Version 2.3 was released a few hours ago.  You can choose whether you want to wait for any bugs to be flushed out.  We’re comfortable with SABnzbd releases and this isn’t a beta or RC.  In this case you can expect fewer bugs since it’s a full release. We haven’t heard of any major issues with the yet. As of Thursday afternoon, SABnzbd 2.3 has been downloaded 2,693 times.  Those who haven’t tried SABnzbd in the past are welcome to grab the latest release from their downloads page or learn more about the project at sabnzbd.org.

SABnzbd 2.3

SABnzbd is one of our favorite newsreaders along with NZBGet, Newshosting client, Newsbin and NewsLeecher.  All of them do a great job at downloading from Usenet.  If your goal is text newsgroups we would suggest Newsbin.  SABnzbd focuses on binary files.  The open-source client runs as a web server on your system.  You can access it through your favorite web browser.  They have versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Since SABnzbd is open-source and has such a large following you will find a number of cool add-ons and services like CouchPotato, Sick Beard, Sonarr and SABMobile for iOS and Android devices.  Check out the SABnzbd forum to learn more about these add-ons and others available for the client.

Here’s a full list of new features and bug fixes in the SABnzbd 2.3 release:

SABYenc updated

  • Improved download performance 10-15% on CPU limited devices by optimizations and by removing redundant article verification.
  • Linux/NAS: Update of SABYenc to version 3.3.1 is required. Update your package or see https://sabnzbd.org/sabyenc
  • Windows/macOS: Update is included in the installers.

Changes since 2.2.1

  • Option to limit Servers to specific Categories removed
  • Improved par2 handling and obfuscated files detection
  • Duplicate filenames in NZB’s no longer rejected by default
  • Set custom URL instead of /sabnzbd/ (in Config > Specials)
  • Article-state (which servers are tried) is preserved after restart
  • Auto disconnect (if enabled) only after verification of last item
  • Slight performance improvement when fetching RSS-feeds
  • Job title from RSS-feed is shown for URLs being grabbed
  • URL grabbing can now be individually paused
  • Scheduler can pause/unpause jobs in specific category
  • Series Duplicate Checker can allow PROPER/REAL/REPACK versions
  • Refresh-icon in Glitter when refresh rate is above 2 seconds
  • Different icon for downloads with Force priority
  • Show progress during verification of extra files
  • All dates and times are now time zone independent
  • API: ‘missing’ field removed from ‘queue’, use ‘mbmissing’
  • API: ‘warnings’ method now returns array for better handling
  • macOS: Bundled new OpenSSL version with support for TLSv1.2
  • macOS: No longer linked to system certificate store
  • macOS and Windows: Installers include Mozilla CA certificates

Bugfixes since 2.2.1

  • Reduce CPU usage with multiple servers
  • Fix yet another potential stalling issue
  • Remove Timeout tracebacks
  • Handle locked history database better
  • Only warn if number of actual passwords is larger than 30
  • Unexpected behavior when diskspace becomes critically low
  • Retried jobs would show incorrect download progress
  • Password file was loaded from disk excessively
  • API: Correct listing of downloaded and queued files in ‘get_files’
  • API: Number of bytes missing and downloaded could be slightly off
  • API: Jobs with Force priority should always have status ‘Downloading’
  • MacOS: Direct Unpack could hang in case of special characters in names
  • Windows: Unpack could fail if started instantly after previous one
  • Windows: Download with many par2 sets could get listed as failed

Upgrading from 2.1.x and older

  • Finish queue
  • Stop SABnzbd
  • Install new version
  • Start SABnzbd

Upgrade notices

  • When upgrading from 2.1.0 or older the queue will be converted. Job order, settings and data will be preserved, but all jobs will be unpaused and URL’s that did not finish fetching before the upgrade will be lost.
  • The organization of the download queue is different from 0.7.x releases. This version will not see the 0.7.x queue, but you can restore the jobs by going to Status page and using Queue Repair.

Who said Usenet isn’t popular?  SABnzbd continues to grow and has now passed 9 million downloads.  Having so many popular extensions integrated with the Usenet browser will only help the project continue to grow.  If you have any questions or need help getting started the SABnzbd team has some nice guides.  The forum is also a great place to ask questions and learn about all the custom add-ons.

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NZBCat and SimplyNZBs Summer Sale

Looking for an NZB sites to call home? If so this weekend may be the time to sign up as NZBCat and SimplyNZBs are both offering a promotion to celebrate the summer. Usenet fans in the United States are getting ready for the solar eclipse on Monday. That still leaves plenty of time to enjoy Usenet this weekend. Let”s take a quick look at each promotion. You can learn more about each site on our NZB sites page.

NZBCat

NZBCat is running a summer promotion through Sunday, August 20th. The deal gives users double VIP with any purchase. For example, you can sign up for 2 years of VIP access for $15. In the case of NZBCat, you can not register for a free account as registrations are currently invite only. However, if you try to register on the site it will give you the chance to donate for VIP status which includes the necessary invite. VIP members have access to 500 NZBs and 5k API calls a day. Here’s a summary of the promo:

  • $4 for 60 days (normally 30)
  • $6 for 180 days (normally 90 days)
  • $9 for 365 days (normally 180 days)
  • $15 for 720 days (normally 365 days)

The NZBCat sale will be active through Sunday, August 20th.

SimplyNZBs

SimplyNZBs is offering 50% off all VIP upgrades through the end of August. This gives you two weeks to sign up for a VIP account at 50% off. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the site yet then we recommend registering for a free account. You will find that free users are limited to 5 NZBs a day but it will give you a chance to test out the site. Upgrading to a VIP membership will get you access to 5k API calls a day. Here’s a list of pricing for VIP access during the summer sale:

  • 1 Year VIP – £2.50 GBP instead of £5.00 GBP
  • Lifetime VIP – £7.50 GBP instead of £15.00 GBP
  • Upgrade from 1 year to lifetime for £5.00 GBP until Aug. 31st

The SimplyNZBs summer promotion is active through Thursday, August 31st.

UsenetBucket Reduces Max Connections

The UsenetBucket team recently reduced the number of maximum connections allowed with each plan. We understand that they may have switched backend providers which led to the change. While you can expect to achieve the same speeds from less connections, current UsenetBucket members are seeing “too many connections” errors while using the service. Of course the reason is the reduction in max connections. To fix the issue you simply need to reduce the number of connections set in your newsreader.

Usenet Bucket

Here’s a look at the updated connections for each UsenetBucket plan:

  • Basic Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Comfort Bucket – 10 connections (previously 25)
  • Ultimate Bucket – 25 connections (previously 50)

The advertised speed cap for each plan has not changed. The backend provider simply allows more throughput per connection. You can select between buckets based on your speed needs.

  • Basic Bucket – 10 Mbit for € 2,95 a month
  • Comfort Bucket – 40 Mbit for € 4,95 a month
  • Ultimate Bucket – 400 Mbit for € 12,95 a month

Regardless of which plan you select, UsenetBucket members have unlimited access to 1,600 days of binary retention with SSL support. The only limiting factor is the number of connections and cap on download speeds. As you can see above, the prices vary quite a bit based on the speed cap. It’s hard to beat the value of the comfort bucket if 40 Mbit speeds are fast enough. We recommend the basic bucket or comfort bucket as a backup / fill server along with one of our top Usenet providers for the best experience. This will give you fast Usenet access with higher retention along with the advantages of UsenetBucket at a very reasonable price.

NZBGet 19.0 Adds Unpack During Download Feature

The latest version of NZBGet 19.0 was just released over the weekend. You will notice a number of new features and bug fixes. The most notable feature in NZBGet 19.0 will allow you to unpack files while still downloading. It will automatically unpack the files as soon as all the archive parts are completed. It will also let you start watching video files before the download completes. This is sure to be a popular addition for NZBGet. Grab the latest version directly from their website and let us know what you think of the new feature.

NZBGet

Here’s a look at the release notes for NZBGet 19.0:

  • unpack during downloading:
    • downloaded files can now be unpacked as soon as every archive part is downloaded;
    • new option DirectUnpack to activate direct unpacking;
    • direct unpack works even with obfuscated downloads; option DirectRename (see below) must be active for that;
    • option ReorderFiles (see below) should be also active for optimal file download order;
    • direct unpack works for rar-archives; 7-zip archives and simply splitted files are processed by default unpack module;
    • direct unpack obviously works only for healthy download; if download is damaged the direct unpack cancels and the download is unpacked during post-processing stage after files are repaired;
    • direct unpack reduces the time needed to complete download and post-processing;
    • it also allows to start watching of video files during download (requires compatible video player software);
    • see forum topic Unpack during downloading for more info;
  • renaming of obfuscated file names during downloading:
    • correct file names for obfuscated downloads are now determined during download stage (instead of post-processing stage);
    • downloaded files are saved into disk directly with correct names;
    • direct renaming uses par2-files to restore correct file names;
    • new option DirectRename to activate direct renaming;
    • new queue-event NZB_NAMED, sent after the inner files are renamed;
  • automatic reordering of files:
    • inner files within nzb reordered to ensure download of files in archive parts order;
    • the files are reordered when nzb is added to queue;
    • if direct renaming is active (option DirectRename) the files are reordered again after the correct names becomes known;
    • new option ReorderFiles;
    • new command GroupSortFiles in api-method editqueue;
    • new subcommand SF of remote command -E/–edit;
  • new option FileNaming to control how to name obfuscated files (before they get renamed by par-rename, rar-rename or direct-rename);
  • TLS certificate verification:
    • when connecting to a news server (for downloading) or a web server (for fetching of rss feeds and nzb-files) the authenticity of the server is validated using server security certificate. If the check fails that means the connection cannot be trusted and must be closed with an error message explaining the security issue;
    • new options CertCheck and CertStore;
    • official NZBGet packages come with activated certificate check;
    • when updating from an older NZBGet version the option CertCheck will be automatically activated when the settings is saved (switch to Settings page in web-interface and click Save all changed);
    • see Certificate verification for details;
  • authentication via form in web-interface as alternative to HTTP authentication:
    • that must help with password tools having issues with HTTP authentication dialog;
    • new option FormAuth;
  • drop-downs (context menus) for priority, category and status columns:
    • quicker changing of priority and category;
    • easier access to actions via drop-down (context menu) in status column;
  • extensions scripts can now be executed from settings page:
    • script authors define custom buttons;
    • when clicked the script is executed in a special mode and obtain extra parameters;
    • example script Email.py extended with button Send test e-mail;
    • for details see Extension scripts;
  • on Windows NZBGet can now associate itself with nzb-files:
    • use option in Windows installer to register NZBGet for nzb-files;
  • unrar shipped within Linux package is now compiled with fallocate option to improve compatibility with media players when watching videos during downloading and unpacking;
  • support for HTTP-header X-Forwarded-For in IP-logging;
  • improvements in RSS feed view in phone mode;
  • set name, password and dupe info when adding via URL by click on a button near URL field in web-interface;
  • backup-badge for items in history similar to downloads tab;
  • show backup icon in history in phone theme;
  • added support for ECC certificates in built-in web-server;
  • save changes before performing actions in history dialog;
  • proper exit code on client command success or failure.
  • added host name to all error messages regarding connection issues;
  • improved continuos integration with Travis CI:
    • added gcc 4.8 to test matrix;
    • installing unrar into test system to allow unit tests requiring unrar;
  • new button Volume Statistics in section News Servers of settings page; shows the same volume data as in global statistics dialog;
  • new option ServerX.Notes for user comments on news servers;
  • new parameters for api-method servervolumes as a performance optimization measure to reduce amount of transferred data;
  • new option to force connection to news servers via ipv4 or ipv6;
  • removed unnecessary requests to news servers;
  • updated unrar to v5.40;
  • clear script execution log before executing script;
  • added support for crash dumps on Windows:
    • renamed option DumpCore to CrashDump;
    • new option CrashTrace to make it possible to disable default printing of call stack in order to produce more relevant crash dumps;
  • fixed: startup scheduler tasks can be executed again;
  • fixed: fatal messages when compiling from sources.
  • fixed: per-nzb download statistics could be wrong if the program was reloaded during downloading.
  • fixed crash which may happen between post-processing steps;
  • fixed: asterix (*) was sometimes passed as parameter to extension scripts (Windows only);
  • fixed potential crash during update via web-interface.

You can read our NZBGet review to learn more about the popular open-source Usenet browser.

DOGnzb Father’s Day Special

The team at DOGnzb is celebrating Father’s Day with a special. If you renew or extend your DOGnzb account before June 21st you can enjoy up to a year of additional access added to your account. We’ll share the forum post in a moment but to summarize, you get 1 year free with 3-5 years extensions or 6 months free with one year renewals. The site has open registration for those who don’t already have an account. Remember to sign up or renew your VIP status by June 21st to take advantage of the promotion.

Here’s the scoop taken directly from the announcement on the DOGnzb forum:

Renew (or extend) your VIP membership before June 21st and you will receive up to 365 extra days. If you renew for one year, you will get 6 additional months added to your membership. If you renew for 3 or 5 years, you will get an additional year added to your membership.

Please note, that the additional time will NOT be mentioned anywhere, but rest assured it will be automatically added when your payment is automatically processed.

If paying with Bitcoins, make sure to pay the suggested transaction fee, if not your payment could take hours, days or weeks to confirm properly.

(this offer can only be applied once. if you already received a free year from us during 2017, you cannot use this promotion again).

You will still need both a Usenet provider and client software to download your favorite newsgroup content. Don’t forget to check out the latest Usenet deals and special offers on our main Newsgroup Reviews site.

Famous Usenet Posts – WWW, Linux, Netscape

August will mark the 26th anniversary of Tim Berners Lee publishing a summary of the World Wide Web project to the alt.hypertext newsgroup.  In the beginning the WWW was a side project that Tim Berners-Lee worked on at CERN.  In 1991 he announced the WorldWideWeb project to the online community via Usenet.  The post was made in the alt.hypertext newsgroup on August 6th, 1991.  Since then several important announcements have come via Usenet but the WWW post is definitely one of our favorites.  Let’s take a look at the post.

Here’s Tim’s post from 1991:

WorldWideWeb: Summary

In article <64…@cernvax.cern.ch> I promised to post a short summary  of the
WorldWideWeb project.  Mail me with any queries.

WorldWideWeb – Executive Summary
The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to
make an easy but powerful global information system.

The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should
be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within
internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by
support groups.

Reader view

The WWW world consists of documents, and links.  Indexes are special documents
which, rather than being read, may be searched. The result of such a search is
another (“virtual”) document containing links to the documents found.  A simple
protocol (“HTTP”) is used to allow a browser program to request a keyword
search by a remote information server.

The web contains documents in many formats. Those documents which are
hypertext,  (real or virtual) contain links to other documents, or places
within documents. All documents, whether real, virtual or indexes, look similar
to the reader and are contained within the same addressing scheme.

To follow a link,  a reader clicks with a mouse (or types in a number if he or
she has no mouse). To search and index, a reader gives keywords (or other
search criteria). These are the only operations  necessary to access the entire
world of data.

Information provider view

The WWW browsers can access many existing data systems via existing protocols
(FTP, NNTP) or via HTTP and a gateway. In this way, the critical mass of data
is quickly exceeded, and the increasing use of the system by readers and
information suppliers encourage each other.

Making a web is as simple as writing a few SGML files which point to your
existing data. Making it public involves running the FTP or HTTP daemon, and
making at least one link into your web from another. In fact,  any file
available by anonymous FTP can be immediately linked into a web. The very small
start-up effort is designed to allow small contributions.  At the other end of
the scale, large information providers may provide an HTTP server with full
text or keyword indexing.

The WWW model gets over the frustrating incompatibilities of data format
between suppliers and reader by allowing negotiation of format between a smart
browser and a smart server. This should provide a basis for extension into
multimedia, and allow those who share application standards to make full use of
them across the web.

This summary does not describe the many exciting possibilities opened up by the
WWW project, such as efficient document caching. the reduction of redundant
out-of-date copies, and the use of knowledge daemons.  There is more
information in the online project documentation, including some background on
hypertext and many technical notes.

Try it

A prototype (very alpha test) simple line mode browser is currently available
in source form from node  info.cern.ch [currently 128.141.201.74] as

/pub/WWW/WWWLineMode_0.9.tar.Z.

Also available is a hypertext editor for the NeXT using the NeXTStep graphical
user interface, and a skeleton server daemon.

Documentation is readable using www (Plain text of the instalation instructions
is included in the tar file!). Document

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

is as good a place to start as any. Note these coordinates may change with
later releases.

_________________________________________________________________

Tim Berners-Lee

     Tel:        +41(22)767 3755
WorldWideWeb project                Fax:        +41(22)767 7155
C.E.R.N.                        email:        t…@cernvax.cern.ch
1211 Geneva 23
Switzerland

Along with the Tim Berner’s Lee WWW announcement here are some other significant Usenet posts:

You will find that Google Groups is a good source for historical text posts like those listed above.  To learn more about binary newsgroup access visit the Usenet providers section of NewsgroupReviews.com.

Without a doubt we missed some famous / interesting Usenet posts.  The newsgroup articles mentioned above are some of our favorites.  Please share yours with us @NewsgroupRevs so we can add them to the list.

UsenetExpress Launches New Tier-1 Usenet Service

A new Usenet provider by the name of UsenetExpress launched earlier today. It is the first tier-1 Usenet provider to jump into the industry in a very long time. The founder of UsenetExpress is no rookie to the Usenet biz. Earlier today he shared his past history on the site’s blog. He founded a Usenet company in the early 2000s that gained popularity before he sold it in 2006. It has continued to grow into one of the most popular Usenet providers in the world. Back to UsenetExpress, their team is launching the new service to compete with the small number of tier-1 Usenet providers on the market. Time will tell whether or not their strategy will be a success, but in the meantime they are looking for some Usenet enthusiasts to help test the new service. The UsenetExpress team is offering a free month of service to users who help them stress test the service.

UsenetExpress

If you would like to help test the new UseneExpress service, their team has kindly shared a coupon code with us that will give you a free month of Usenet access. We want to note that you will need to sign up for an account and provide payment information to receive the free month of access. If you do not cancel your account during the first 30 days it will bill at their normal rate of $10 a month. Even so, the promotion is a great chance to test out a new tier-1 Usenet network free of charge. To do so you will want to visit their site and click on the blue Signup Now button. On the pricing screen that follows you will want to select the $10 monthly plan. At this point you can enter the coupon code goldenticket to receive the first month free. As of the time of our post there is no field for the code. Instead you can simply type goldenticket without clicking on anything else. As soon as you hit the last letter the screen will present you with a message stating the code is confirmed as shown below.

UsenetExpress goldenticket

Now that the coupon code is active, you can simply scroll down and enter an email address. From there you will choose between a number of payment methods. Regardless of which one you select, a message stating that “your coupon will be applied on the payment page.” will be presented. Then the payment page will show a message that let’s you know the subscription terms which include free service for the first month, then $10 for each month. Give UsenetExpress a test drive and let their team know what you think. As always we’re also interested in your impressions. Hit us up on Twitter and share your thoughts on the new Usenet service.

Free NCAA March Madness Apps

It’s that time of year again.  With day 1 of March Madness underway, hopefully your NCAA tourney bracket isn’t too beat up.  We also enjoy the surprises that come each year over the first weekend.  This might seem a little off topic since we normally cover Usenet but I know a lot of our blog readers will be enjoying the tournament along with us.  Here are some free March Madness apps for iOS and Android to help you enjoy the tourney.

If you plan to watch March Madness from outside the USA we suggest using a Smart DNS service.

NCAA March Madness Live

Free March Madness Apps

This year you can stream every game shown on CBS for free using the NCAA March Madness Live app.  The app is available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes.  Android users can download it free from Google Play.  If you’ve cut the cord on cable you can still watch all the CBS games which include a lot of important games this weekend and all of the NCAA Sweet 16 and beyond.  TBS, TNT and truTV games are open to paid subscribers.

ESPN Bracket Bound

ESPN Bracket Bound App

Keep track of the NCAA tourney brackets with the ESPN bracket bound app.  The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad via iTunes.  Those with Android devices can download the app free from Google Play.

ESPN ScoreCenter

ESPN ScoreCenter App

Use ESPN’s free ScoreCenter app to view the latest scores, read news, and watch video highlights.  iPhone and iPad users can download it free from iTunes.  Android users can grab ScoreCenter from Google Play.

You can check out more free sports related apps in either app store.  Enjoy this year’s March Madness!

NZB360 Returns to Google Play Store

February 21, 2017 update – we’re very excited to share that the latest release of NZB360 is available on Google Play. After three years of being absent from Google Play, Kevin has managed to get NZB360 back in the store. Better yet the latest NZB360 v10 adds support for Radarr. You can download the app free from Google Play and upgrade for $4.99. I encourage anyone who wants to enjoy Usenet access on your Android device to purchase the app. You can read what other Usenet fans have to say about the new app on Reddit.

NZB360


February 14, 2014 update – Kevin, the developer of NZB360, has been kicking around ideas for distributing and licensing the app outside the Play store.  Unfortunately Google isn’t going to return the app so he is figuring out another distribution method.  Right now it sounds like there will be a base NZB360 app offered free of charge.  With some extra features that you can activate for a fee.  The consensus on Reddit is to offer a one-time fee rather than a subscription model.  It sounds like he might offer both.  The ETA on the app being available is two weeks.  We’ll update you once again when it’s ready.

As of Thursday, February 6th NZB360 is no longer available in the Google Play store.  No explanation is given.  You simply get a “we’re sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server” error message.  We first read about the removal of NZB360 in this sub Reddit forum post.  The developer of the popular Android app confirmed that Google dropped NZB360, apparently without warning and without reason given for the action.

The image above is from the NZB360 page on AppBrain.  According to the site if you have an AppBrain account you can use their installer to directly install the app on your device.  Perhaps that’s another option for the time being.  Assuming AppBrain isn’t just pulling the download from the Google Play store.

Hopefully Google either corrects their mistake or accepts the appeal for NZB360 to return to their store.  If not the developer promises to find a new distribution method.  Given the time and effort spent on making NZB360 arguably the best app of it’s kind for Android users I certainly hope we don’t have to wait long for Google to respond.  If an alternative ends up being necessary we’ll make sure to post the new URL right here.

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DOGnzb Open for Registration

Have you been hoping for an invite to DOGnzb?  If so this is your chance.  DOGnzb is open for registration.  Last time they opened registration it was only for a few hours though so if you want an account we suggest you register fast.  New members typically receive a 30 day free trial for the site.  After that you can continue using DOGnzb for a fee. Unfortunately DogNZB no longer offers lifetime accounts. Instead they offer 1 year for $15, 3 years for $35 or 5 years for $50. You can pay with bitcoin or use a credit card. Note that credit card payments also incur a $10 service charge.  Given the popularity of the site and scarcity of invites we suggest you get in now.  If you’ve missed previous opening this is your chance to gain access to DOGnzb.

Register for DOGnzb

The site doesn’t really need an introduction.  Since Newzbin and NZBMatrix dropped out, DOGnzb has become one of the hardest tickets in town.  Not only is the site great for finding Usenet content, it’s also damn near impossible to get an invite.  Cheers to the DOGnzb team for opening up registration.  Even if it’s for a short period of time.  To sign up visit their registration page.  It should say “Registration” at the top.  If it says “Login” the open enrollment has already ended.  We’ll keep this post updated any time the site is open to new users.

Here’s a list of features available to DOGnzb users:

  • Exclusive regex rules and deobfuscation algorithms result in additional NZBs available
  • Fine tune your Watchlist delay setting and retention limits.
  • Sync from IMDb and Trakt watchlists every 60 minutes
  • Trigger metadata refresh of any TV show or Movie
  • Push notifications alerts to your mobile phone.
  • iCal feeds of your TV Show Watchlist.
  • Custom Searches and RSS feeds updated hourly.
  • Passthrough and Emulation APIs for mobile phones.
  • Primary and Secondary Push Queues.
  • View NZB contents and perform partial downloads.
  • Mobile Website Interface

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