Posts tagged ‘rss’

TypePad feed frustrations

I subscribe to two feeds from TypePad: Lisa Schmeiser’s Penny Wiseacre and the pseudonymous Lance Mannion. You may be surprised to hear that TypePad is still up and running, but it is, and I’m sure those who use it have spent a lot more time writing than they have fiddling with styles, plugins, and scripts.…


ReadKit article sorting

This is one of those posts that’s really a reminder for the future me. If it helps you too, that’s great, but my motives are purely selfish. I upgraded to Version 2.4 of ReadKit the other day and found my new feeds—the ones in the RSS News smart folder—in reverse chronological order. I could’ve sworn…


The RSS reader search continues

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m on the hunt for an RSS reader to replace Reeder. I still like the way Reeder displays articles, and I like its navigation features, but I’ve decided that its lack of Reading List integration is a deal-breaker. I thought I found a good replacement in NewsFeeds, an app with…


Last—I hope—thoughts on RSS

Yeah, I know. We’ve all been RSS’d to death for the past few days. But I still have a few unorganized thoughts on RSS I’d like to get out while they’re still fresh. I’ll try to be brief. First, a new version of Reeder for iOS came out today, and, as promised, it syncs with…


Feedle-dee-dee

Have you been acting like Scarlett O’Hara when it comes to the impending Google Reader shutdown? “I’ll think about that tomorrow… Tomorrow is another day.” Well, there are only a couple of tomorrows left; and if you’ve sworn, as God as your witness, you’ll never go hungry for RSS feeds again, you’d better get a…


My RSS failure

Consider this a small blow against publication bias—a post about a failed script. Or a failed idea, anyway. Shortly after Google announced it would be shutting down Reader in July, I started thinking about ways I could sync my feeds without relying on a third-party syncing service. I’m not averse to such services in principle,…


RSS subscriber counting in a sane language

Recently, both Gabe Weatherhead and Marcelo Somers have tried to use this shell script to get subscriber counts for their RSS feeds. And it failed for both of them. The reason it failed (I think) is because of how it divides subscriptions into different types, counts each type, and then adds the types together. On…


The iPhone and Google Reader hegemony

A lot has been written in the past 24 hours about Google’s announcement that it’s shutting down Reader in a few months. The optimistic view, best expressed by Marco Arment, is that this will usher in a sort of RSS Renaissance. In this view, Google’s dominance over the area in the past several years had…


Cool and not

I’ve been an RSS subscriber to Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools site for ages. It’s like Shawn Blanc and Stephen Hackett’s Tools and Toys (and was probably the inspiration for it), but with articles submitted by readers and a list of tools covering a much broader scope. So broad, in fact, that I doubt I read…


Last post on RSS subscriber counting

I’ve made a few final (I think) changes to the RSS subscriber count script and figured I might as well post them here in case anyone is interested. Update Because I suck at shell scripting and every later attempt to make small adjustments took forever, I rewrote the whole script in Python. The script is…