Current Status: Free
users are offline.
Free users are currently offline.
No ETA on when the free server will be back online.
There was a problem with our DNS servers causing host not found errors for
some users. It's been resolved, but if still get that message you can
use the server ip 126.96.36.199 instead of news/free.teranews.com.
We were performing some work on the servers this weekend in preparation
for installing some new servers. Although it was suppose to be
fairly seamless it didn't quite work out that way. The servers
should be running smoother now and any remaining slowness should be
resolved in the next couple days as the new servers are brought on-line.
We are noticing packet loss to/from our servers.
We're working with our upstream vendors to solve this. User will
experience slow downloads until this is solved. Update: This
problem has been solved.
The recent free account footer change has been removed. We've
been promised that there will be no more 'ALL Protocols/P.r.i.v.a.c.y'
spam. We'll see how well that goes.
We are in the process of cleaning our group
list. If any group quits receiving articles or needs to be
added just let us know.
We also adjusted the footer at the end of posts made on the
free server. This was in response to a certain worthless web site
using our news server to spam advertisements.
We had to delete the queue of locally posted articles very
early in the morning due to a spammer flooding. There may have
been a handful of non-spam articles in the queue.
We have increased the download limit of the sponsor
package. You now get nearly three times the downloads for the
same price. The sponsor package is now 30GB for $29.95 per
year. Unused download credits roll over to next year as long the
yearly billing cycle isn't broken. We added 20GB to all existing users with the sponsor package.
We have installed a script that is watching for failed
group requests and will add any missing groups. If you notice a
missing group just wait 10 minutes and then download the group list
again. It should be there.
We are also slightly behind in answering email due to the problems yesterday. Please be patient.
What we believed to be a power outage turned out to be a
failed switch. It's been replaced and all servers are back
online. It did cause some article headers to be lost. The
articles are available if requested via Message-ID. The missing
articles can be downloaded if you use NZB files or download headers
from another server.
We are cleaning up the group list. It's grown too large and full
of empty newsgroups. Select 'download all groups' from your client to
see the cleaned version. We're starting on news and will sync all
the others servers to it later.
We fixed a problem that was causing some headers to not appear
or appear very late on the front ends. All the front ends are
now caught up at this time. We also restarted some front ends to fix a
We are in the process of overhauling our spam filters for
locally posted articles. Due to high amount of abuse we had to
block posting to some of the picture groups for the last few
days. We have now restored posting to all groups, but spam
filtering policies still apply.
8/1/2006 updated 8/4/06
We have received several reports that Rogers DNS server
can not resolve firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the IP address for the
time being and send rogers and email asking why you can't resolve
news.teranews.com. Point out that dnsstuff.com and the rest of the
Internet does not have any similar problems.
If you find out anything please send us an email. At this point
the complaints have stopped, but we are unsure if Rogers has fixed
Proof to send to Rogers:
news.teranews.com = 188.8.131.52
free.teranews.com = 184.108.40.206
We had some problems with news from midnight to 8am. It's been fixed and shouldn't happen again.
We made some changes that should make the main server
(news.teranews.com) run smoother. There is a small backlog of
articles, but we expect that it will processed shortly.
We had a small problem with the pay server (news) from
midnight to 7am EST. It's been fixed and you should be able to
log in now. This didn't affect any other servers (free, alt, unlimited).
Our recent changes broke the blocking of the
NNTP-Posting-Host header. We are in the process of fixing
this. It is our policy to not show the posters IP address.
This should be fixed today. Please expect to be disconnect for a
few minutes while we restart the server software.
We found a bug in our news server software that was causing the
excessive CPU usage. We have a work-a-round in place and it seems
to have solved the problem. The servers are running very well
We also configured the servers to block users that have
configured their news client to repeatedly re-connect even when being
denied access. If you are now blocked the solution is to
correctly configure you news client so it will not open more than 1
connection and wait at least 1 hour. The banning lasts 1 hour
after the last failed login attempt.
We fixed a small bug that would cause users passwords to be rejected randomly under rare circumstances.
We upgrading some internal feeding machines. In the
process a small number of headers were lost. The articles are
still available, but you won't see them in a group list.
Downloading from NZB files or using headers from another server will
allow you to download the articles.
We had some issues with a couple of the backend storage servers. We believe everything has been corrected at this time.
The alt and unlimited servers are back online. Alt is a new server so it will take time to fill.
unlimited and alt servers are off line. We're working to correct
this. They will be either fixed or replaced by Monday.
Our domain issues are over. Everyone should be able
to connect to our servers now. We're very sorry about this.
It was completely
our of our control. We have doubled everyones
download limits so you can catch up on your reading. A lot of
people helped us. We're very thankful for your efforts and
understanding. We're behind in answering email, but we should be
caught up by tomorrow night.
We restarted the server software this evening. There
were some processes stuck causing 100% CPU usage. The restart
seemed to have fixed the CPU usage and all related problems.
The public beta of unlimited.teranews.com is over, but
just for fun we left 50 public (no user/pass needed) ports
open. Do you feel lucky today?
We made some changes and the random pauses seem to be
gone. The severs are running smoothly again. :)
We are getting reports that requests for articles will randomly pause
for up to two minutes. We're working to fix these pauses.
A small group of users have opening a large number of
connections to the servers causing a denial of service attack. We
have placed connection limits on the server to prevent this. It's
caused erratic behavior for the last day or so. We think we have
it under control. If you use the pay server, news.teranews.com,
make sure you have your client configured for 4 (the recommended) or 8
connections to the server. Update: this issue seems to be solved.
We have made several changes recently to improve
reliability and performance. They seem to be paying
off. Problem reports are at an all time low and usage is up.
Some free users have commented that the new debit/credit
system for free users is a punishment, well it's not a punishment for
most. It was required because too many people have figured out
that they can just bang on the free server and download gigabytes each
day for free. These people were destroying the free server for
everyone. This method will keep the free server on-line and
running correctly. For many people, the free server is the only
chance they have to participate in Usenet.
The problem backend has been replaced. Older
articles that were stored on it are lost. All current (last 4-5
days) articles should be fine. Update: All articles should be available
Starting tomorrow we are increasing the download limits of the free
accounts by 25% to allow for headers. We will still call them
50MB accounts by in reality they allow 62.5MB now.
have started a new policy for free users who greatly exceed their daily
limit will have 50MB of credits applied each day until their account
becomes positive again. Think of this as overdraft
protection. If you download too much one day you have to pay it
back the next. Note that this rule only applies to the 50MB free
accounts and only if you greatly exceed the limit.
The problem backend has been fixed.
Locally posted articles were not being processes correctly. This has
The free server is back online. If you are still having problems check
your account status by logging into the account manager.
have started disabling free accounts that do not have valid email
addresses. If your account shows "Unverified" as the current status it
may be due to you not clicking on the verification link we emailed you
two weeks ago.
We fixed a bug that was causing random 'article not found' errors.
We fixed a bug that was causing download credits to be counted
are having a problem with one of the backends. Older articles will
return unavailable at random. Update: this has been fixed, but a small
number of articles were lost.
We are sending out an email to all free users to verify the account is
in use. It not a scam so don't worry.
Everything is running smoothly and completion has returned to nearly
We restructured our article feeding system to prevent lost/delayed
Upgraded the memory in several backends to improve performance
We fix a problem that was causing some users IP's address from
appearing in posts.
We fix a problem that was causing some users IP's address from
appearing in posts.
We disabled the free server until after the memory upgrades.
We removed a faulty frontend server today. Please use your download all
headers to correct any missing article problems.
updated the server software tonight and brought another frontend online
to help performance. The updates have been completed and the servers
are working normally again.
We're currently having a problem with completion. We're working on
free server has been reset. You will need to remove/add your news
server profile and do a download all as the article numbers have