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Indians are God's rotis, cooked "just right"

A right-wing Indian politician's racist, xenophobic, and anti-Muslim books are making their way to schools in Gujarat. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Jul 28, 2014 - 35 comments

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Brian Knappenberger's The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is available to watch for free in its entirety thanks to the Internet Archive. [more inside]
posted by gman on Jul 6, 2014 - 18 comments

Peter Scott (1947-2013), developer of HyTelnet

Peter Scott (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 - 20 comments

Digital disciplines

11 Ways I'm Trying to Achieve a Sane Relationship With the Internet
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 3, 2013 - 41 comments

Trouble with the Old Reader

The Old Reader is back up again (scroll down for updates), after several days of being down when the servers crashed. But many users are not happy and some are bailing.
posted by anothermug on Jul 27, 2013 - 120 comments

Google Reaver

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, Newsblur, Digg, 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. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 20, 2013 - 148 comments

New RSS Reader

In the wake of the impending loss of google reader on July 1 (Previously) it was perhaps inevitable that someone would come up with a suitible and bloat free replacement, meet CommaFeed [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on May 21, 2013 - 150 comments

Episode IV: A New Feed

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 - 12 comments

Google Illiterate

Google's beloved RSS aggregator, Google Reader will be powered down on July 1, 2013 (previously).
posted by gkhan on Mar 13, 2013 - 1091 comments

Open access, open internet, closed book

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 - 528 comments

Don't change my Google Reader backlash

So Google recently announced that changes are coming to Google Reader. One of the upcoming changes is that Reader is losing its own, loved by many, social sharing in favor of Google+: "They're also removing the ability to consume shared items in Reader, so you'll have to go to G+ to read them. I'm fine with G+ being the plumbing for all of Reader's social features, but to force you to go to G+ to comment and read shared items seems shortsighted."

This news has not fared well with many of Reader's users. [more inside]
posted by omegar on Oct 24, 2011 - 120 comments

Goodbye, RSS button in the location bar of Firefox

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 - 98 comments

Being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people...

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 - 75 comments

I tire of your analog attitude.

The Social Media Guru (SLYT)
posted by geekyguy on Oct 5, 2009 - 19 comments

A front pages post

Google Fast Flip: Newspaper Stand 2.0
posted by fatllama on Sep 15, 2009 - 34 comments

Catching up on webcomics, at your desired speed

"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 - 24 comments

SubPubHubbub

SubPubHubbub The real-time web, manifested by services like Twitter and Friendfeed are all the rage these days. What happens if everything online could be real-time? It can, thanks to Google PubSubHub and their ongoing effort to add it to their products. [more inside]
posted by griffey on Aug 7, 2009 - 16 comments

govt stimulus website is a stimulus

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 - 12 comments

"Thus oft a struggle to escape - But lands us in a still worse scrape"

page2rss is a simple, effective RSS scraper. For instance, here's an RSS feed for Astronomy Picture of the Day. A powerful feature: "You can add a button to your browser's bookmarks toolbar that will create Page2RSS feed for the page you are currently viewing."
posted by nthdegx on Jun 2, 2008 - 12 comments

Scoble on How to Read 600 RSS Feeds a Day

How to Read 600 RSS Feeds a Day for Pleasure and Profit. Video of Robert Scoble showing how he culls 600 RSS feeds a day for his weblog, Scobleizer, using Google Reader.
posted by shivohum on Jul 17, 2007 - 40 comments

lolfeeds

LOLfeeds turns any RSS feed into cat macros. For instance: this place, MetaTalk, or Craigslist personals.
posted by mendel on May 31, 2007 - 76 comments

They call it crowdgaming.

Become a joystick.
posted by phaedon on May 27, 2007 - 15 comments

Feed2JS

Feed2JS is an amazingly cool (free) service that lets you harness the wealth of RSS feeds out there for yourself (embedding them in your blog template or web page) in a very simple and highly configurable way. Style it with one of the available CSS styles, or write your own. If you like you can also download the whole Feed2JS application/script to run on your own server. (Step-by-step tutorial inside)
posted by spock on Apr 27, 2007 - 27 comments

Real-Time Global Bad News Map

The Global Trouble AlertMap
Are you curious about that chemical spill in Minnesota? Or how about the bio hazard situation in Honduras? The Havaria Information Systems AlertMap is updated in (near) real-time and the wealth of bad news is fairly astonishing. Plus they've got RSS feeds for whatever bad (or locationally relevant) news you want delivered. There are USA only maps, Europe only maps and Hungary too (slow day, just a fire). Previously (focused on bird flu tracking though several comments note how freakin' cool the map is)
posted by fenriq on Mar 17, 2007 - 18 comments

"Make Congress more transparent and encourage civic engagement"

OpenCongress.org 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 - 18 comments

Pipes: Rewire the web

The internet is a series of Pipes. Create your own feed mashups with a visual programming environment.
posted by 2sheets on Feb 7, 2007 - 29 comments

Five links that I can't believe haven't been posted already (first in a series)

5ives : merlinmann's Lists of Five Things.
posted by kaytwo on Aug 21, 2006 - 11 comments

Heard about the cat with Bubonic Plague in Flagstaff?

The RSOE Global Disasters Service tracks seismic activity, bird flu, chemical spills and even vehicle accidents by monitoring and processing data of approximately 600-700 news sources, many researching institutes and realtime data of forecasting services. I've subscribed to the RSS feed and you should too . . . you've been getting too much sleep anyway. [via]
posted by If I Had An Anus on Jun 29, 2006 - 8 comments

Amazon Feed-builder

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 - 17 comments

...maybe new ideas will come.

A talk given by Matt Webb on fictional futures, and a whole lot besides. Just some text and some pictures, but he takes you on a most excellent brain adventure, from Italo Calvino to a map of all the biochemical reactions on Earth to Vannevar Bush’s machine, the Memex with dozens of stops in between. One of my favorite parts -- and the coolest use of RSS I've ever seen -- is a tool to subscribe to your personal lightcone. [via]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on May 7, 2006 - 18 comments

Dave Winer: "Real" or "Virtual" Tyrant?

Winer goes after Cadenhead in litigious fashion. Never mind that the $10,000 Cadenhead earned transformed into $2.3 million for Winer. Meanwhile, Winer, on the verge of retirement (or so he claims), provides "real Dave" and "virtual Dave" explanation.
posted by ed on Mar 15, 2006 - 37 comments

teh intarwebs peeveearr

Democracy Player. Watch internet videos like you watch TV. Cool trick to it, whichever OS you are on (OS X or Windows for now, *nix coming soon) the homepage will load the appropriate download link. Built in channel guide gives you access to tons of interesting content, and lets anyone share their vids.
posted by gren on Feb 22, 2006 - 36 comments

Newsfilter on steroids

Watch news events happen in realtime as they get pumped into RSS-space™. In the grand if not lengthy tradition of newsquakes, vanishing point, and newsmap. Plugins and stuff required. [Visualize the hell out of the news, come here, post it, then get hauled into Metatalk for your trouble!]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Feb 13, 2006 - 26 comments

Plagiarism - or web 2.0 in action?

Top Ten Sources takes posts from RSS feeds and aggregates them in full for the public to see. Some take offence; some say it goes beyond expected usage; some call it plagiarism - others say it's legal, that detractors should get a life or are even thinking about investing. Some people don't appear to want their RSS feeds to be aggregated at all. Will this discussion set blogging policy for the future? Or will it block the web 2.0 pipe?
posted by bwerdmuller on Jan 19, 2006 - 50 comments

Gluing it together

Want your goals, bookmarks, photos, music, blogs (or anything else RSS-friendly) in one place? SuprGlu collects your own content from your feeds on various webservices and posts them in one centralized place, making a personalized site all about you. As an example. (example links not mine)
posted by divabat on Jan 2, 2006 - 35 comments

Take This Podcast to Havana!

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; via.]
posted by aaronetc on Dec 14, 2005 - 31 comments

The Average Shoveler

The Average Shoveler Strange retro snow shoveling game style rss news stream [flash]
posted by srboisvert on Dec 7, 2005 - 18 comments

news reader on steroids

Google Reader. Google has launched a news reader at the Web 2.0 conference.
posted by gen on Oct 7, 2005 - 53 comments

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search -- in beta, of course. Works by crawling blogs' RSS feeds. Should Technorati be nervous?
posted by mcwetboy on Sep 14, 2005 - 36 comments

Internet Users Unfamiliar With Terms

Research finds that 87% of internet users are unfamiliar with "podcasting" and 91% have never heard of "RSS". The study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project also found that only 3% of users still don't know what spam is. Here's a PDF of the findings.
posted by tapeguy on Jul 20, 2005 - 59 comments

H2O Playlist

H2O Playlist: 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 - 6 comments

Let the RSSevolution begin!

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 - 55 comments

Library ELF > Email and RSS Notifications for Your Libarary Material

Library Elf 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 - 35 comments

Scraping away

Feedpalooza. 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. Brilliant.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 18, 2005 - 15 comments

RSS to SMS (in beta)

FeedBeep lets you customize SMS alerts for almost any RSS feed out there.
(and is taking beta testers.)
posted by trharlan on Jan 19, 2005 - 5 comments

RSS frenzy

Bot-a-blog 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 - 32 comments

Thunderbird 1.0 Comes with RSS

Thunderbird 1.0 has RSS support integrated The release of Thunderbird 1.0 was covered yesterday, however nowhere in the thread was the new RSS integration mentioned. I'm now viewing MeFi in my email client, complete with all of the sort/search features that I depend on for my email, and that's pretty sweet.
posted by mcstayinskool on Dec 8, 2004 - 39 comments

steady broadcast

"Podcasting" - Another newer diversion, audio feeds from RSS.
posted by four panels on Nov 1, 2004 - 8 comments

RSS Mailer emails the contents of RSS feeds to mailing list users

RSS Mailer 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 anymore.
posted by hoder on Oct 6, 2004 - 5 comments

The new browser war

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 - 51 comments

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