2005-11-30

Yahoo’s river of news

Posted in aggregator trials, OPML, RSS at 10:05 am by cori

Dave Winer:

“They’re including a nice smallish RSS reader in their Mail app. I had seen it before, and it’s a River of News aggregator.”

Pointing us to TechCrunch:

“Yahoo has deeply integrated RSS into the Yahoo Mail beta experience. Directly below the email folders are “RSS foldersâ€?. Clicking on the top folder show all posts in a ‘river of news’ format, meaning all posts for all subscribed feeds are listed in the order they have appeared in feeds.”

This could act nicely as a backup to Rojo when I’m having problems over there, especially if they’re smart and at least account for OPML synchronization (and I mean synch, not import and export – now’s the time to build it in, fellows). Too bad it’s a closed beta…

I’m totally uninterested in Yahoo! mail – I don’t wnat or need another mail account or even another mail reader. But another good web-based RSS reader. That’d be cool. And if it could synch with an OPML that I maintained somewhere’s else, or allowed me to publish the OPML that I maintain there without jumpign through hoops, that’d be the Golden Fleece (or is that the Holy Grail?).

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2005-11-28

Next backup aggregator trial

Posted in aggregator trials at 9:59 pm by cori

Omea Reader from JetBrains is next up to the chopping block for aggregator trials, and unfortunately I mean that literally.

Omea totally hosed importing my OPML file. The opml file is here, and it validates at Realy Simple Validation and at Dave’s OPML Validator, but Omea reader imports it by nesting each succeeding outline top-level nested within its predecessor, so the contents of my “daily” category (or channel, or, since this is a Rojo export, tag) are nestled cozily within almost 50 parent categories. Since I’m not willing to go to the lengths Robert Scoble did to massage my OPML file, this is unacceptable behavior. Not only that, but it also doesn’t make any sense. Even if the OPML spec is too vague to use to determine how to handle the feeds in this file (I’m not saying it is too vague, mind you, only that what I say is true even if it is), the basic structure of XML would indicate that these elements are not nested within one another.

Too bad, really, Omea had a fairly nice user interface and also retrieved comments on posts where it could, making the browsing experience that much more streamlined. The only things I didn’t like about the way it handled displaying my feeds were that I couldn’t look at a particular day’s posts by category (Omea allows for browsing by date of publication or by category) and that when I was viewing the contents of a category I only saw a full listing of the titles and I had to click on a title to see the contents – I’d much rather simply view the entire list of contents organized by date.

2005-11-24

Nutshell desktop aggregator

Posted in aggregator trials at 12:07 pm by cori

Nutshell‘s a .Net based aggregator. It has a ticker bar that appears at the top of the screen which is kind of nice, but doesn’t allow me to scroll down the full list of all posts within a certain channel (at least as far as I can see). No river of news, no use to me.
Uninstalled.

First desktop aggregator: RSS Feeder

Posted in aggregator trials at 12:55 am by cori

  • http://rssfeederdotnet.sourceforge.net/
  • offers a blogpaper that looks as though it might do the trick.
  • imports OPML OK, though it imports duplicates of feeds that are in more than one tag in Rojo – I suspect most aggregators will do this, though.
  • chokes while getting perhaps the 70th feed (of 450+) – and doesn’t recover well,
  • backing off this one for now – I’ll come back if nothing else seems to suit.

looking for a good desktop aggregator

Posted in aggregator trials at 12:38 am by cori

My dear Rojo seems to be having problems lately, at least for me, and I’m tired of missing hours of bloggy goodness without decent recourse, so I’m looking for a desktop backup plan.

The sole and only absolute criterion for me is that I be able to read my feeds in the safe and effective “River of News” style – way back when (almost a year ago now – when my blog was still on Blogspot) that was what I was looking for when I discovered MyFeedster. Rojo took its place when I started to get better results from it, and I’m addicted to the ease of use that the river allows.

Other than that I’ll judge each on its merits, and I’ll be posting about each one I try here.