Getting binary with USENET graphics groups

USENET graphics groups

USENET Graphics Groups

USENET has a certain area of newsgroups devoted exclusively to graphics files. These newsgroups are called binary groups because graphics files are stored in an encoded binary format. If you try to read a binary graphics file, it will look like some gibberish ASCII characters; you need to decode the file to actually see the graphics.

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See Chapter 23 for more information on accessing USENET newsgroups and decoding binary newsgroup files.

Most of USENET’s graphics files are in the alt.binaries.* area. There you’ll find individual newsgroups devoted to such topics as clip art, multimedia, animal pictures, astronomy photos, cartoons, pictures of celebrities, and fine art—and lots and lots of “erotic” pictures. Use CompuServe’s USENET newsreader (GO USENET) to access these groups, and then you can choose the files (disguised as messages) that you want to download and decode.

Most of USENET’s graphics files are in the alt.binaries.* area. There you’ll find individual newsgroups devoted to such topics as clip art, multimedia, animal pictures, astronomy photos, cartoons, pictures of celebrities, and fine art—and lots and lots of “erotic” pictures. Use CompuServe’s USENET newsreader (GO USENET) to access these groups, and then you can choose the files (disguised as messages) that you want to download and decode.

CAUTION

Many of the altbinaries.* groups are sexual in nature and contain
at least some very mature pictures. You probably want to monitor your children if they venture into this area.

There are also several newsgroups devoted to the art of creating graphics and to the support of graphics programs. Look for these groups in the comp.graphics.* area.