July 27, 2002
I don't know much about RSS, but from the little I played with RSS readers they seemed pretty inflexible. I thought it might be worthwhile to offer a couple RSS options for lemonodor (approx. 10% of the raw hits to lemonodor are from RSS aggregators).
RSS 0.91 is too simple. RSS 1.0 is too complicated. Brief feeds just have automatically generated excerpts of posts, and are not HTML. Full feeds are entire posts, in full HTML. Try them out, see what works best for you.
If you have suggestions for modifications, or run into any problems using these feeds, please let me know.
Check it out: a bonus, and it's coming your way! Here are one sentence reviews of the readers I've tried.
Amphetadesk seemed cluttered, but serious.
Pineapple needs a lot of interface work.
NetNewsWire was most promising.
Straw is a work in progress.
None was compelling. I'll stick with a browser.
Posted by jjwiseman at July 27, 2002 12:25 AM
FYI - your rss feed seems to be broken at the moment. Apparently a problem with an invalid character in the feed.
Yeah, that happens. Just let me know and I can fix it.
WRT rss readers, I'm currently using http://rss.blogstreet.com It's a web service that monitors rss feeds and emails new entries to an IMAP server. It's a good idea, but updates are sporatic (a 12hr lag is not unheard of). I guess I can't complain, since it's free, but I'm thinking about trying to roll my own solution.
Your -brief.xml files are 404. The -full.xml ones work though.
I've just subscribed using Snownews, a ncurses-based blog aggregator. It is easy to install, easy to use and contains no eye candy.
You might find my hand-rolled web-based aggregator interesting: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~akkartik/agg.html
No features whatsoever - it just sits in an infinite loop, periodically wakes up and updates my list of feeds and puts all articles on a single page in reverse-chronological order. Rather to my surprise I use it for almost all of my browsing -
its web-based nature lets me keep my browser interface and hosting it myself lets me keep control over presentation. Easy-to-hack source code is linked off my homepage.
Entering a Bot in the DARPA Challenge. Inrterested?
Just a brief suggestion: www.netvibes.com is a great rss aggregator. Totally online, supports tabs and OPML import/export. Worth a try!