Posts with keyword: rss


Podcatchers for Smartphones

Grab Downcast and plug in the IT Conversations feed URL and enjoy great tech talks from the longest running podcast on the planet...no matter where you're at.
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What's on My Desktop? Four New Apps for Staying Connected

Image by flibblesan One of the things I love about going to conferences is that there are usually a lot of Mac users there and that means getting the goods on what new Mac software people are using. My last trips to Defrag and IIW were good in that regard as I found out about a few new things that I'm enjoying. The first, and probably the most useful, is Snackr. Snackr is an RSS reader that displays the most recent articles from feeds you subscribe to as a rolling ticker on the bottom, top, or side of your
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Weather in Your Feedreader

Do you live in your feedreader? If so, you might like to get the weather there too. Just use this URL: http://xml.weather.yahoo.com/forecastrss?p=84042 Simply substitute your zipcode for 84042 (unless you want to know what the weather is where I am). Not in the US? You can use city codes instead. The whole thing is documented on the Yahoo! Developer Network.
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Syndication Oriented Architectures

Two of the people I respect the most, Jon Udell and Rohit Khare are together in one podcast: Jon's latest from his weekly Interviews With Innovators podcast on IT Conversations. Jon has a short write-up on his blog about the podcast and it's topic: syndication oriented architectures. SynOA was born on the open web and is now creeping into the enterprise. To understand why, just consider Facebook. It is a deeply syndication-oriented application. Although Facebook users never have to think about it in these terms, they are constantly publishing events onto a syndication bus while at the same time
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A Metadata Interface for Spreadsheets

Mike Farmer asks why spreadsheets (including Apple's new Numbers) don't include ways of getting at data. Now that we have an easy way to assemble our data and make it look great we need a way to get at our favorite data. Imagine for a second, that on the left side of Numbers there is an option for getting your data from a Data Warehouse, Web Site, Web 2.0 interface (i.e. RSS, WebService, etc), or XML & CSV files. Now imagine that you click on one of those and you get a Metadata explorer that shows user friendly views
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My Media Consumption Diet

Ian Forrester tagged me on a meme to share my media consumption diet. So here's my diet: Web: I'm on the Web all the time. Even more now that I've got an iPhone. I typically have a dozen tabs open on my browser from various things I'm looking at on any given day. I used to have over 100 feeds on my news reader (NetNewsWire or Google Reader depending on my mood), but I've whittled that down to around 40 by getting rid of things I hardly ever read in detail. I used to use Firefox exclusively, but swung
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30 Boxes

Yesterday Dave Fletcher pointed out 30 Boxed, a tool for building a calendar view of the last 30 days using RSS feeds--any RSS feeds. The calendar includes images, links and other information. Here's one from this blog's RSS. Try building one of your own.
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On Bad Sinatra

It's fairly easy to follow your favorite blogs when they're updated frequently. I read Dave and Doc in my browser, because I know whenever I visit there will be something new and interesting. Infrequently updated blogs are another matter--that's where RSS is a perfect match. I mentioned Steve Yegge last week. Another infrequent poster who's well worth reading is Steve Gillmor. His most recent Bad Sinatra post is a great example. He can be hard to read--especially if you don't follow tech industry news and trends very closely--but there's some great observations in the post and Steve's spot on.
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Atom as a Case Study Redux

I just finished listening to Tim Bray's talk on Atom from ETech. Yeah, I'm behind on listening to IT Conversations--still catching up from vacation. This is an excellent talk for anyone interested in standards, RSS, or Atom. I also went back and read my original notes from the talk (I heard it live too). It's interesting to me that even when I've heard a talk live and blogged it, going back on IT Conversations and listening to it again gives me fresh information. I think it's about context--I hear it now in the context of everything that happened since
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KnowNow ESS and Business RSS

My review of KnowNow's ESS has appeared in InfoWorld. ESS is an RSS management system. It filters, aggregates, slices, and dices. I was very impressed with it. I think enlightened corporate PR and marketing people will need tools like this to follow what companies are saying about them and to use RSS as a communications tool. From the review: I found ESS to be an excellent system for managing syndicated feeds. The various pieces work together well, and the browser-based set-up and configuration make it easy to get going. The ability to capture, aggregate, and filter traditional RSS feeds
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CS Department RSS

The BYU CS Department has added RSS feeds to it's Web site. Now, if I could convince the CS department to not send them to the faculty mailing list, I'd be set. Otherwise, I just see them in RSS after I've deleted them from my mailbox. A good first step though...
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Speeding Up Tags

A while back, I added a tag cloud to my blog. The idea was to replace categories with tags, a much more flexible system. I bend the Movable Type (MT) keywords and search to my purpose. One thing I did to make that work was modify the search script in MT to search keywords exclusively when it's called with the SearchElement=keywords option. My next task, which I describe here, had three goals: Make something with a prettier URL Add RSS for tags Speed things up The last point was important if I wanted this to work at any kind
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IT Conversations RSS Feed is Not Feeding

There's something wrong with the RSS feed for IT Conversations and it hasn't published a new show since Sunday (Thomas Malone). We're working on it and hope to have it fixed soon. If you use iTunes to listen to IT Conversations, note that the default settings will only download the most recent show. That means that when our RSS comes back, you'll miss all but the last show. I've actually changed mine to download all the shows so that I don't miss them if I happen to not have iTunes fired up one particular day. To do this, go
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LDS Church Has RSS

The LDS Church (BYU's sponsoring organization) has added RSS feeds to their Web site.
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reBlog (ETech 2006)

Michael Frumin and Michal Migurski, the development team behind reBlog are showing it off. At first glance, reBlog looks like an online feedreader (with a nice interface). The difference is that reBlog is aimed at using the information in feeds rather than just reading it. You can easily republish information, archive it, tag it, add comments, and so on. In addition, a plugin architecture let's programmers and developers add new features to the RSS processing chain and customize it to specific uses. For example, you could subscribe to a feed that contains items from eBay and then use the
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Tim Bray on Atom (ETech 2006)

Tim Bray is speaking on Atom as a case study. RSS is the most successful use of XML in existence. If it's that successful, why replace it? Tim outlines some problems with RSS as specified: The RSS specification says "one only", but many podcasts use multiple enclosures. Clients vary unpredictably in how they support them. There is silent data loss. In a title element doing AT&T or AT&amp;T or fails silently. The only predictable way to do it is AT&amp;amp;T and that just sucks. Links sometimes don't work. In an RSS <description>, putting a link to an image doesn't
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Fishing Rivers of Information

Dave Winer has some comments about Flickr's use of RSS: I know I'm the last person to discover how clever Flickr's RSS is. Here's the story. People were adding me as a contact as I kept uploading folders of pictures from my backlog. I would get an email every time it happened. I wondered why. I wonder no more. I started adding them as my own contacts, slowly, a few days ago. Cool, when I'd go to my Flickr contacts page, I could see if Betsy or Rex, Tara or Stewart had uploaded some new pics. Excellent. Then yesterday
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My Gmail Account Has an Atom Feed

I was looking at the page source on GMail a minute ago and saw a link tag that gave a URL for an Atom feed. Sure enough, go to https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom and there's XML staring you in the face: <feed version="0.3"> <title>Gmail - Inbox for windley</title> <tagline>New messages in your Gmail Inbox</tagline> <fullcount>1</fullcount> <link rel="alternate" href="http://mail.google.com/mail" type="text/html"/> <modified>2005-11-21T03:18:30Z</modified> <entry> <title>testing</title> <summary/> <link rel="alternate" href="http://mail.google.com/mail" type="text/html"/> <modified>2005-11-21T03:18:10Z</modified> <issued>2005-11-21T03:18:10Z</issued> <id>tag:gmail.google.com,2004:1187557503841339412</id> <author> <name>Phillip J. Windley</name> <email>me@my.org</email> </author> </entry> </feed> It's apparently been there for quite a while. I just never knew about it.
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Google News Reader

Yesterday Google announced their news reader. I played with it a little and wrote a review over at Between the Lines. My bottom line: I like it and I'm going to keep using it.
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