Accessing the CS 161 newsgroup
There are two ways you can access the cs161 newsgroup:
The web-based interface is a bit easier to set up and requires
no special software, but you may find the interface clunkier.
In the long run you might prefer to use a dedicated client,
though it will require you to have appropriate software
installed on your machine.
Instructions for both methods may be found below.
- via your web browser, or
- with a dedicated Usenet client.
Please thank our friends at
for setting up and administering the course newsgroup!
Option 1. Web-based interface to the newsgroup
You can access the newsgroup via your web browser,
using the EECS instructional
You will need to log in with your EECS instructional account username and
This is accessible from all locations,
whether you are on campus or off campus.
To access the web interface:
When logging on again in the future, you should be able to skip
steps 3 and 4.
- Go to the
- Enter your instructional account username and password,
- You should see a page titled "WebNews".
Click on "Change Subscriptions", then type
ucb.class.cs161 into the textbox.
Click on the box labelled "Submit" near the top.
- Click on the box labelled "Group Index" near the top.
- Click on the link to "ucb.class.cs161".
You should see messages related to CS161.
Option 2. Using a dedicated Usenet client
Alternatively, you can access the newsgroup via a dedicated Usenet client.
Many email clients -- e.g., Outlook, Thunderbird, pine --
also support Usenet newsgroups.
The news server (NNTP server) is news.csua.berkeley.edu.
Don't enable SSL.
If logging in from off-campus, the username is usenet
and the password is gobears; if logging in from a campus IP
address, you shouldn't need to enter any username or password.
Then subscribe to the ucb.class.cs161 newsgroup.
For specific clients:
Here are specific instructions for some popular Usenet clients:
If you have detailed instructions for other Usenet clients
(e.g., Outlook, Mail.app, etc.), send them to me and I'll add them here.
If you are prompted for a username and password at any time,
use username usenet, password gobears.
- Start Thunderbird.
- Click "New / Other Accounts",
and use the wizard to create a "Newsgroup account".
Enter news.csua.berkeley.edu as the
- Click on "Manage newsgroup subscriptions".
into the text field for "Show items that contain:",
select the ucb.class.cs161 newsgroup, and click on
- Now if you click on the corresponding account
in the left pane to expand it, you should see the newsgroup
appear (possibly summarized like this: "u.c.cs161 (1)").
Click on the newsgroup name to see its contents.
- Start Sylpheed.
- Create a new account, by clicking on "Configuration / Create new account".
- In the "Preferences for new account" window,
select the "News (NNTP)" option under "Server information / Protocol",
use news.csua.berkeley.edu as the "News server", and fill
out all other fields.
- If you are connecting from off campus, tick the checkbox labelled
"This server requires authentication",
and fill in usenet as the username
and gobears as the password.
- A new account should appear in the left pane.
Right-click on that account and select "Subscribe to newsgroup".
- A window should pop up enabling you to select a newsgroup to subscribe to.
Enter ucb.class.cs161 in the textbox labelled "Find groups:"
and click "Search".
tick the checkbox next to the newsgroup ucb.class.cs161.
- Now clicking on the newsgroup ucb.class.cs161
in the left pane should pull up newsgroup posts for CS161.
The EECS instructional group maintains their own instructions
on how to access the class newsgroup
However beware that their information may be slightly out of date.
Bonus: RSS feed
A RSS feed
of the newsgroup is also available.
In case of difficulties
If you get stuck or run into insurmountable difficulties,
the EECS instructional support group might be able to help you.
You can reach them by email to inst@eecs
or in 378 Cory, 384 Cory, 386 Cory, or 333 Soda.
Mail inquiries to