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System Status

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Server status as of Tuesday, 20-Nov-2018 12:00:21 UTC:

Systems functioning well.

Retention status as of Tuesday, 20-Nov-2018 11:01:02 UTC: (graphs)

Text articles 100k and smaller: 501.1 days

Text articles exceeding 100k and single-part binaries: 501.1 days

Multi-part binaries from 2 to 15 parts: 417.9 days

Multi-part binaries larger than 15 parts: 18.4 days

Connectivity status as of Tuesday, 20-Nov-2018 12:00:21 UTC:

Transit Providers - Good.

Seattle Internet eXchange (SIX) - Good.  (we peer with most of the sites listed here)

Ports available (updated 13-Dec-2014):

News server "news.altopia.com":

119: Default/standard NNTP port.
120: Beta test NNTP port. Normally identical to port 119, but sometimes used for development and beta testing.
443: Alternate NNTP port. Normally HTTPS, but might be useful if your provider blocks or restricts the speed of port 119.
563: SSL (TLS 1.0 - TLS 1.2) NNTP port. Up to 256-bit AES encryption if your news reader supports it.
666: Insecure SSL (SSL 3.0 or better) NNTP port. Up to 256-bit AES encryption if your news reader supports it. Use this port if your newsreader doesn't support TLS 1.0 or better, but keep in mind that SSL 3.0 is no longer considered secure.

News server "news80.altopia.com":

80: Alternate NNTP port. Normally HTTP, but might be useful if your provider blocks or restricts the speed of port 119.

The non-SSL ports above will also do SSL if your newsreader attempts to negotiate it. This is especially convenient for port 443 since that port is least likely to be blocked by ISPs. SSL is recommended for port 443 so that the NNTP/Usenet traffic is indistinguishable from HTTP/web traffic.

If you have IPv6 connectivity and want to use it to reach the service, use "newsipv6.altopia.com" or "news80ipv6.altopia.com" per the above.

Beta testing (updated 20-Jun-2008):

At this time "newsbeta.altopia.com" is pointing to the same server as "news.altopia.com".

Experimental Features (updated 19-Sep-1998):

Direct Altopia news customers can have the server filter out articles based on the number of groups they are cross-posted to. They can also filter out groups that do not have a certain minimum number of posts.

These options are controlled by changing the username used to log into the server. The options are defined as follows:

username[:options]

Where options can be any combination of:

c[#]

'c' is literal and tells the server to filter articles based on the number of groups they are cross-posted to. Without a count specified, the default threshold is 1. If a number is specified following the 'c', it is used as the threshold. If an article is cross-posted to more groups than the threshold, it will not be listed.

n[#]

'n' is literal and tells the server to not list groups that have less than a certain number of messages currently in them. The default is 1. If a number is specified following the 'n', it is used as the minimum number of articles necessary for a group to be listed.

Examples (assuming a username of "foo"):

foo normal, no change
foo:c filter postings to more than 1 group
foo:n filter groups that have no available articles
foo:cn filter postings to more than 1 group and filter groups that have no available articles
foo:c5 filter postings to more than 5 groups
foo:n10 filter groups with less than 10 articles available in them
foo:c2n100 filter postings to more than 2 groups and filter groups with less than 100 articles in them

If you have any questions about how to use this feature, feel free to contact support@altopia.com.