(February 14, 1947 - December 30, 2013) worked in the Systems Department of the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) Libraries
from 1976 to 2005. One of the early library weblog writers, Peter is most well known for HyTelnet
, an interface
for Telnet services he developed from 1990. In his 1991 video
, Peter demonstrates a later version of HyTelnet, while an archive
lists the resources available through the service. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 31, 2013 -
With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader
less than two weeks away (previously
), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly
, and possibly even Facebook
(a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook
has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time
, Google Labs
, and open platforms like Reader
But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Does the shutdown of Google Reader make you feel like it has become just another Evil Empire (DeathStar+)? Then plug a feed address into StarRSS
, and enjoy your favorite information sources displayed Star Wars style
. (thank you, Laughing Squid
posted by oneswellfoop
on Apr 16, 2013 -
Aaron Swartz, web technologist, has committed suicide.
First mentioned on Metafilter for his involvement in the standardization of RSS in 2001 as a ninth-grader
, most of Swartz's 26 years were devoted to leaving a lasting impact on the web. Swartz co-founded Infogami
, which merged with the internet aggregator Reddit
, and also founded the Internet activist organization Demand Progress
which fought against the SOPA/PIPA
legislation. His framework for web servers, web.py
, was first released in 2006 when Reddit switched from Lisp to Python and continues to be actively used and updated
. In a 2008 attempt to make a public version of the contents of the PACER public court records database, Swartz angered government officials
when they learned he had downloaded 20 million articles, which he subsequently made freely available
. In 2011 he was indicted for data theft
for downloading large amounts from the academic article repository JSTOR. Despite JSTOR's statement indicating "no interest in this becoming an ongoing legal matter
," the US case continued with additional charges
, to which Aaron pled innocent in September of 2012. [more inside]
posted by Llama-Lime
on Jan 12, 2013 -
Do you use RSS? Not many do, apparently. Goodbye, then, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox 4 (Bugzilla entry
). “RSS is dying
,” a blog hyperbolizes in response, with retort
from Asa Dotzler of Mozilla, who states the functionality is being moved to a menu item.
posted by joeclark
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Bloglines.com is closing down.
According to Ask.com, the owners of Bloglines, the world is very different now from the world in which Bloglines was launched.
"The Internet has undergone a major evolution. The real-time information RSS was so astute at delivering (primarily, blog feeds) is now gained through conversations, and consuming this information has become a social experience."
posted by AmbroseChapel
on Sep 10, 2010 -
"Have you ever found an interesting looking webcomic, looked at the archive, and thought: I can't start reading this! There are hundreds of strips to catch up on! Rather than spend a whole day or more bingeing on a comic archive, set up an Archive Binge
feed. You can start from the beginning, or wherever you're up to. You can set your custom feed to deliver a strip every day, 4 strips every weekday, or whatever you want, up to 10 strips a day."
posted by jbickers
on Sep 7, 2009 -
In the name of transparency, all the Fed’s stimulus-spending data will be posted at a new government site, Recovery.gov
- more than a minor victory for the democracy, it could be a stimulus in and of itself
- databases released in machine-readable formats - like RSS, XML, and KML—spawn new business and grease the wheels of the economy.
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 18, 2009 -
is a site that aggregates data about the United States Senate and House. Keep track of your senators or representatives through rss feeds, read bills on topics that are important to you, and find out what industries are behind the scenes providing money to your politicians in Washington among many other uses of this new resource.
posted by rfbjames
on Feb 27, 2007 -
So. Paul Bausch
of all sorts of fame rolled-out an update
to his amazing Amazon feed-builder
. What's the big deal? Well, I'm a big fan of Wendell Berry
and Craig Thompson
, of Naguib Mahfouz
and books about New Urbanism
... and now, with the help of PB's delicious feed-builder, I'll be notified whenever something new comes from any of these authors or meets the "New Urbanism" search criteria, so I can add them to my Amazon wish list... and I think that's pretty darn cool. Add that to Amazon's pre-existing wish list feeds, which let you monitor other people's wish lists for additions ( you can find a wish list's feed on its "home" page ), and I'm in heaven.
( As a direct result of the feeds I subscribed to this weekend, my Amazon wish list has grown from 1600 to more than 1800 items. I blame Paul... he's such an enabler! )
posted by silusGROK
on Jun 12, 2006 -
Is your podcast being hijacked?
The nature of RSS and podcast content makes it really easy for somebody to create new feeds based on somebody else's content and pass it off as the original through directories like Yahoo's or iTunes; then, of course, they potentially add advertising or use the built-up audience to extort the original podcaster. Podkeyword
, the organization that has sparked concern about the issue, says they're not doing anything illegal or unethical; correspondence between Podkeyword and the guy
whose podcast is at issue is available
. [First pass legal take here
, potential third-party retribution here
posted by aaronetc
on Dec 14, 2005 -
: a series of links to books, articles, and other materials that collectively explore an idea or set the stage for a course, discussion, or current event. With tags, rss and other good stuff. And this time the color scheme is quite nice.
posted by signal
on Jul 15, 2005 -
The Longhorn Browser and RSS Team.
Long video warning (almost an hour; how far will you get?) - If you've ever worked with the Redmondites, this'll look pretty familiar. What a kick to read all of ya'lls comments...how 'bout it?
posted by ValveAnnex
on Jul 4, 2005 -
is a nifty free service that tracks all of your library books. It sends you emails and/or delivers RSS notifications when your books become due, shows you a list of all books you currently have out, and lets you know when that book you wanted is available. It supports multiple cards per account, so you can track all books for the whole household. Also, do everyone in your community a favor-- see if your library is listed
and, if it isn't, request that they add it
posted by juggernautco
on Jun 25, 2005 -
. This gentleman offers to scrape any website (at his discretion) to provide you the custom feed you want. For instance, I wanted a simple black box on my site with the real-time number of coalition casualties in Iraq. I pointed him to this site
. He scraped the one number and provided this feed
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Feb 18, 2005 -
emails up to 25 blogs (RSS) updates to you, gregarius
lets you roll your own homepage to keep track of all the RSS feeds you read, sharpreader
works on windows thinfeeder
does it with java. How do you take your RSS, with one or two sugars?
posted by dabitch
on Dec 14, 2004 -
emails the contents of RSS feeds to mailing list users. You can manage your users and RSS feeds through a web interface and send a selected number of items from your RSS feeds (individually or all together) to the email addresses on your mail list. Users can subscribe/unsubscribe themselves through forms, or the administrator can subscribe/unsubscribe them through the web interface. You probably won't need Bloglet
posted by hoder
on Oct 6, 2004 -
Firefox 1.0 Preview Release
is now available. The Spread Firefox
site hopes to see a million downloads, and they've already passed the halfway mark. The advantages of Firefox have been previously discussed
on MeFi, but this version includes an interesting new feature - Live Bookmarks
, which allow you to view RSS news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks menu. Obsessively checking MetaFilter is now easier than ever.
posted by Stuart_R
on Sep 17, 2004 -
The Wall Street Journal offers RSS feeds
...headlines only, alas, and you still have to be a subscriber to read the full stories. But it's still a big endorsement of this technology by a major newspaper. Any other papers offering feeds? [Sample WSJ feed here
, additional info inside.]
posted by me3dia
on Jul 28, 2004 -