One of the downsides of being an early adopter in some areas is that I’m a late adopter in many others. I was using a desktop RSS aggregator back in 2002 (Radio Userland, then NetNewsWire) and so came late to the web-based news aggregator market. When I did hop on board, I used Bloglines, one [...]
I read Dave Winer’s post about Wikipedia edits with some interest, particularly the part about his edits to the RSS topic, a topic which has been politicized in the past. He writes: Then I decided to look at the RSS page to see if it linked to the RSS 2.0 spec. It didn’t, so I [...]
It’s not every day that you hear about a new business plan, without a company around it. Anyone want to work on RSS-I with me?
I’m looking forward to seeing Dave Winer’s next trick. The clues (the space above his couch, an RSS feed with medium to high resolution images) suggest that he’s preparing a new application that reformats the image content of RSS for widescreen displays—with the original application being news images. Am I close, Dave? I’d happily get [...]
Color me careless, but slightly funkier: the RSS feed on the new Funky16Corners web site is, in fact, set up as a podcast, with proper enclosures and everything. You may want to subscribe if you have a yen for funk that tastes so good it like to make your tongue beat your brains out, as [...]
With the new photocasting capability of the just announced iPhoto update from Apple, which uses RSS as a medium for photo subscriptions, Apple has turned a corner, and so has RSS. I think the day of the monolithic aggregator may be coming to an end. The direction is now toward contextual RSS: feeds of information [...]
The Old South sermons podcast feed turned up what may be my favorite sermon in recent memory, Jennifer Mills-Knutsen’s account of discovering the meaning of the Communion sacrament in the middle of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade. Complete with a “loaves and fishes” miracle. Really. Listen to this sermon. It’s short (about 12 minutes), [...]
Following up on the Godcasting meme, my church, Old South in Boston, has started making MP3s of sermons available for download. No RSS feed—the website has no back end publishing system aside from an overworked webmaster—but the content is there. In fact, I went ahead and scratch-built an RSS file for the content using FeedForAll, [...]
I have griped in the past about the dangers of lock-in, but never figured I would be directly impacted myself. A few weeks ago, my RSS feed started having problems in Bloglines. I’m not sure what caused the problems, but I suspect the Added Values plug-in, which redirected permalinks and may have redirected my RSS [...]
New York Times: Missed church? Download it to your iPod. A logical, and perhaps lower-cost, extension of the radio services long used to connect churches with their stay-at-home members, this description of various podcasting churches is ringing a few bells for me. I have long bemoaned the lack of a strong principled moral opposition to [...]
bbum’s weblog-o-mat: Apple creates Syndication-dev mailing list. This is a surprisingly clueful move given the degree of crap people are having to go through to get their podcast feeds on the iTunes directory. Hopefully now that Apple will be talking we’ll see some changes in that area.
I have to confess: I may be the most unhip tech blogger out there. Reason: I never really understood the podcasting thing. Maybe it’s because my current platform doesn’t support podcast creation (I’m still on an older release of Manila); maybe it’s because I don’t really have the hard drive space to subscribe to a [...]
Tim Bray: Atom 1.0. “It’s cooked and ready to serve.” Congrats to the Atom team. Now that the spec has reached 1.0, I look forward to seeing how Atom does things that RSS can’t do—with or without extensions—and how Atom does the core job of syndication better than RSS does. Along those lines, I’ll be [...]
Scoble: No RSS Feed? It’s a genetic marker for “lame site.” Good description of something I talked about here a while ago: offering RSS is part of entering a social contract with a potential reader that says I plan to update this content, and I care about influential readers and respect their time.
Since moving back to the East Coast, I had the luxury of managing a single-location infrastructure. All my mail, calendar, blog management, and most importantly my RSS subscriptions were in the same place: on my laptop. Now that I’ve started work, I’ve discovered some cool ways to manage the RSS part of the workflow from [...]