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.


  1. McGehee »

    6 March 2007 · 1:21 pm

    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?

  2. CGHill »

    6 March 2007 · 5:24 pm

    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.)

  3. McGehee »

    7 March 2007 · 7:21 am

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

  4. CGHill »

    7 March 2007 · 7:57 am

    I don’t speak for Forté.

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