Well it's not as difficult as it first appeared, but I'm very unimpressed by the speeds I've been getting. I am using Astraweb's 1 Mbit $10 a month account. It took me about 40 or 45 minutes to download 300 megs. I never went over 125 k/bs. I'll keep at it though. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong. At least it was a consistent speed. If I had been downloading a torrent with very low seeds, it would have taken much longer. Then again it would have been much quicker if I downloaded 300 megs using Rapidshare.
What were your first experiences with Newsgroups like?