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TorgoX (1933)


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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday February 24, 2002
07:25 PM


[ #3095 ]
Dear Log And Everyone,

What sorts of uses do people use RSS feeds for? Only things I know of are:

  • Showing up as a box in your kustom homepage on Slash or whatever.
  • Little ticker programs that scroll headlines.
  • Infobot factoids can get the content of RSS feeds.
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  • RSS examples (Score:2, Informative) publishes an RSS feed for various types of jobs (all jobs, mod_perl jobs, or Mason jobs). We take the Mason jobs and display them (in a box ;) at
  • Over at [], Tim Bray lays out the 411 on RDF/RSS. It's all about making content self documenting, which leads to a recursion catastrophe: self-documenting self-documentation. With all the documentation out there, we might be getting low on readers. I like RSS files and wish more web sites would use them. I phear topic maps and think they're doomed to failure. I built a small program with IBM's viavoice text-to-speech SDK that creates an mp3 spoken word version of the RSS file. Cats are furry...
  • Meerkat [] is an RSS aggregator for tech stuff. It's like a daily newspaper.


  • I use RSS feeds from a variety of sites (including a selection from Meerkat, as mentioned by gnat) to compose a custom news email every 4 hours.

    One program goes and updates the various RSS files, another checks which entries are new and emails them to me.

    I suspect it's partly based on one of Merlyn's Web Techniques articles.
      ---ict / Spoon
  • I have a little Perl IRC bot based on the DiaWebLogBot [] that's a fun toy for maintaining a community Weblog. Folks paste URL's into the IRC channel and can then add a title, comments, etc. The output is RSS 1.0 (which I transform to a friendly HTML page via XSLT inside AxKit).