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I'd like to know how to access the usenet. A Google search takes you to "google groups", but is that the "real usenet" (don't think so)?
Does access cost money?
Here is a load of info...
...very informative, but I don't have time to read it all.
Google took over the Usenet archives from Deja several years ago. They have the most comprehensive Usenet archive publicly available on-line. Using the Google Groups is probably the best way to access news groups without news reader software. There is no charge to access this information.
You will then need a newsreader, outlook express has one built in, or you could go with something like Agent which is a full fledged client. I think they have a free version.
Then it's just a matter of getting the list of newsgroups on the server (the one your ISP provided) and taking a look at them.