- RSS Bandit is a desktop news aggregator written in C# and .NET under active development at SourceForge. See Revamping the RSS Bandit Application for a 2003 MSDN article about RSS Bandit.
- Creating a generic Site-To-RSS tool [9/29/2003] describes a generic HTML-to-RSS scraper tool that uses regular expressions with VB.NET.
- Template Based Scraping [10/28/2002] A quick overview of screen scraping.
- RSSxl is an HTML to RSS converter that will generate an RSS feed from pretty well any HTML web page - with no requirement to edit the source HTML first. It is a free online service that translates HTML to RSS.
Beating the RSS crunch with aggregation/bloglines [SearchWebServices.com 10/20/2004] Bloglines has created a freely available, simple and straightforward set of APIs that developers can use to access their aggregated blog database and relieve congestion problems. What Bloglines does for RSS feeds is very much like what Google and Yahoo do for popular Web pages and information: they compile this content into their databases, so that accesses to frequently requested pages are satisfied from a local cache, instead of requiring the original server to handle yet another update or access request.
- Easy I.D. The name of the drug is printed both on the top and side.
- Code red. The bottle is Target’s signature red color - and a symbol for caution.
- Information hierarchy. Most important information (drug name, dosage, intake instructions) above the line, less important data below.
- Flat sides for readability; Upside down to save paper.
- Green is for Grandma. Different colored rubber rings for each family member.
- Info card that’s hard to lose tucked behind the label.
- Take “daily.” Avoids the word "once" on label, since it means eleven in Spanish.
- Clear warnings. Revamped the 25 most important warning symbols.
Using Google Desktop Search engine to scan mapped network drives
I tried to find if there was a way to change some of the Google Desktop Search settings to allow for indexing network drives. According to the FAQ the tools will not index a network drive. But with some registry setting changes we can have the Google Desktop Search engine scanning mapped network drives. For example, locate the following registry key:
By entering the !C:<TAB>
Using Google Desktop Search as a network search server [Geekzone Blog : Blog, 15-JAN-2005]
And thanks for all the interest in helping with the weblogs.com rewrite. I got over a hundred emails from qualified developers. That's totally amazing, and totally appreciated. We were able to fix the existing system, so we can now easily handle the flow of pings (there was an unobvious performance bug). If you want to participate, I recommend joining the group, above. [Scripting News 12/4/2004; 8:53:06 AM.]
I've been getting lots of mail about the programming project described below. My challenge will be to try to organize the energy to actually create the needed software. People ask if C# or Java would be okay, and the answer is, of course. I basically meant "compiled code" as opposed to interpreted code. Static instead of dynamic. We have to cut to the metal. I also need to write up a spec that explains what the software does. Anyway, let's give it a couple of days to gestate. In the meantime you might start writing code. ";->" [Scripting News] 12/2/2004; 2:53:20 PM.
Weblogs.com needs a rewrite.
With Typepad, MSN Spaces and Blogger and a gazillion other blogs pinging weblogs.com, the server, which is written in scripts, has met its match. It's needed a rewrite in C for some time, now it really needs a rewrite.
I've been trying to get help with this privately, I personally don't have the requisite skills to write the code. If this were 1994, and I had Think C (a development environment I was expert in) the project would take a couple of days. Today, in a modern environment with even deeper libraries, it might take even less time.
I'd be happiest if this could be done as an open source project, the lots-of-eyeballs thing is particularly suited to this kind of project. It has to scale well, obviously, from Day One. No time to ramp up.
I have a full modern server to host this application, with no other apps running on the machine. Right now it's running Windows 2000, but we could switch over to any other operating system.
What I don't want: Offers from companies to buy weblogs.com. It's important that this resource stay independent. The only reason companies would want to pay so much for this service is if they planned to take it private.
Anyway, please send me an email if you're a skilled C programmer who would like to work on a such a project to help out the weblogs community.
Thanks![Scripting News] 12/2/2004; 8:53:09 AM.
AimAtSite IE Toolbar - the complete search solution provides History search, Favorites search, Current page search, Words highlighting and it helps you query search engines, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other Web search sites. The toolbar is available for free download [no feature limitations for a 30-day trial period]. It uses Microsoft Indexing Service to index the content of Web pages you are visiting to perform fast History and Favorites search. Unlike the Internet Explorer's built-in history search tool AimAtSite IE Toolbar provides better performance, sorting by rank or title or date of visit, pages abstracts and flexible queries. No favorites search feature is available in Internet Explorer. But our toolbar provides you with such functionality. With AimAtSite IE Toolbar you will never lose important information!
DateLens: Zoom in / out on Outlook's calendar. What makes this application different is that it provides a fisheye representation of dates as it is called. Just click on the days, months, icons, to zoom in / out of the calendar. DateLens has a Mondrian skin (not the default) to give it character. If you're already using Outlook, this is a great add-on feature. It also has a Pocket PC version, but it's not free and it supports Tablet PC's Ink. Requires .Net framework v1.1 and Outlook. [via Lockergnome Windows Fanatics 3/17/2004]
Building Your Own ASP.NET Feed Parser. John Crocker writes in an informative article on The Code Project: “After seeing numerous applications available on the Internet to download and view RSS Feeds off the Internet, I wondered what would be needed to develop a .NET component to Read, Parse and Display RSS Feeds in aspx Pages. The Component development is beyond the scope of this article, Which will cover the base class that is used by the component to render the detail…”By email@example.com (Daniel Henry). [Lockergnome’s RSS & Atom Tips 4/21/2004]
Replace MSNBC's Outlook Today page. Outlook MVP Diane Poremsky provides a replacement for the now-discontinued MSNBC customized Outlook Today page. [Slipstick - Outlook and Exchange News 12/11/2003]
Yes, I'm addicted to reading RSS. It's 2:33 a.m. and I just got done with looking through my 808 NewsGator feeds (representing about 2000 blogs). OPML file here. Feeds.Scripting list here. Just uploaded a bunch of good stuff to my link blog. I haven't talked about how I do my link blog lately so my newer readers might have missed that.
First, I'm reading all 808 feeds in Outlook. They come into 808 folders. If someone updates their blog, their folder turns bold. I click on the folder. The new items are also bold. I'm reading Techdirt right now and three items just were posted in the past hour or so. So, I read those.
If I like an article, I drag it to a folder named "Blog This." For instance, I just read the Techdirt article titled "Who Do You Trust, The Wiki Or The Reporter?" I think that article belongs on my link blog. So, I drag it to my Blog This folder. Then a tool named "OutlookMT" takes over. It is a .NET app that watches the Blog This folder, and posts anything dropped in it. Now, notice that's all I do. Just drag-and-drop. No editing. No commenting. No linking. OutlookMT does it all.
Outlook MT can either repost the entire original post, or it can try to quote a little bit of the post. I used to have it quote the entire post, but people complained that I was stealing their content. So, Kunal Das (the guy who wrote Outlook MT) rewrote his tool to pull only a portion of the original post and put that up there. Either way, this lets me scour a large number of weblogs and pick the best stuff and put it up on that blog. I call this my "magic folder." It's totally changed how I blog and lets me share my favorite stuff with you in a very efficient way. [Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger 8/27/2004]
RSSCalendar is an exciting new way for individuals and organizations to share their calendars with family, friends, and colleagues - utilizing the latest in RSS technology, including RSS channel creation and aggregation. Not only is RSSCalendar easy to use, but it is also easy to administer, and setup is a snap. RSSCalendar is well-suited for a variety of uses, including: Individual calendars Company calendars School calendars Organization calendars Team calendars City calendars…
Ian Hanschen: "Presenting BlogNavigator. The ultimate in RSS experience." Very cool looking. Anyone try this yet? Ian's stuff always looks so cool. [Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger 3/13/2004]
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