Wired's How-To Wiki offers a timely compilation of ways to get into Usenet, that old-school newsgroup collection often teeming with downloads and advice, now that it looks like major ISPs will block access partially or entirely. Google Groups, for instance, will get you into a semi-mirrored version of Usenet without any of the sketchier
altgroups included. For full-scale access, free tools like UsenetTools and DMoz are suggested, along with a few full-access tools with monthly subscriptions. If you're new to the old net, check out easy guides on downloading and sharing files, and tell us what you still get out of Usenet in the comments.
Bypass Blocked Usenet [Wired How-To Wiki]