The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 March 2007

Indefinite articles

Agent is the Usenet client from Forté; I have used it for about a decade or so. According to their FAQ, individual newsgroup database files up to 8 GB are supported.

Since each file represents a single newsgroup, and I subscribe to 31 newsgroups, I might interpret this as allowing 248 GB worth of articles and binaries and whatnot. Not a good idea if you have, say, a 250-GB drive. (Really not a good idea if you have less than that.)

Anyway, I cleared out 9 GB last night — just shy of 696,000 individual items — and it took almost an hour. I don't think I should let the stuff go for so long next time.

Posted at 9:15 AM to PEBKAC

Seems to me it ought to have maintenance options that will allow you to set a lower limit.

Hey, Forté -- I'll license the idea to you for, oh say $25,000. Whaddaya say?

Posted by: McGehee at 1:21 PM on 6 March 2007

The default is in fact 30 days; I simply turned off the automatic-flush setting. Which, as I said, might not have been such a great idea. (Last time I cleaned house in this application was apparently April 2006.)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:24 PM on 6 March 2007

So you're saying I don't get the $25,000?

Posted by: McGehee at 7:21 AM on 7 March 2007

I don't speak for Forté.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:57 AM on 7 March 2007