Max has a blog at blogger.com that details step by step how to unlock the treasures of NewsGroups.
If you have been using Limewire or Bit Torrent to get what you need then you know what's up. This is a more reliable alternative that does cost a monthly fee for a newsgroup provider ($10 - $14 a month) but the benefits are worth the small monthly fee.
If you are interested go over to his blog and read up. here: