I recently saw the old MOTD about signing up with altbinaries.com to gain unrestricted access to use the usenet search ability with newsbin pro.
I signed up with altbinaries.com and received a username and password for their service.
I then clicked on that link mentioned in the MOTD (https://www.newsbin.com/altbinaries-newsbin-link.php
) where I am supposed to enter in my newsbin registration key. I entered in the registration key, and it redirected to altbinaries.com site (where I'm already logged in), but I don't see any options here? It's a very bare bone page -- a bar at the top with the total number of newsgroups, a fixed filter (I don't see any options for changing or removing the filter), apparently automatically set to "erotica", a search box, and four buttons under Control Panel.
I've added the alt.binaries server to newsbin pro, and that's working, however, when I attempt to search, I'm given the standard "Newsbin Usenet Search Disabled" popup window that states "The ability to queue files for download based on these search results is only available to subscribers of our Internet Search Service. If you are seeing this message then there is no active subscription associated with the key used to register Newsbin."
Am I confused about what an account with altbinaries.com is supposed to unlock in newsbin pro? Does having an existing registration key somehow screw this linking process? Has altbinaries.com changed their site recently and broken the linking process?