Posts Tagged ‘RSS’

MSN Spaces will support the Metaweblog API – and some thoughts

Monday, July 11th, 2005

From: BlogJet weblog :: MSN Spaces API

Carnage4Life, of the MSN Spaces team, posts on his blog, that MSN Spaces will be supporting the Metaweblog API soon. Or at least, a version of it

Our current plan is to provide an implementation of the MetaWeblog API with some methods from the Blogger API while using HTTPS/SSL for security. These APIs are widely supported by various weblog applications and already have a vibrant developer ecosystem around them. The API will enable people to create, edit and delete posts on the blog in their space. One of our goals is to ensure that bloggers who are already using blog posting tools such Blogjet or w.bloggar can use them to interact with MSN Spaces when we launch the API without having to upgrade or switch clients. Similarly web sites which allow users to post to their blogs such as Flickr and Zoto should be able to support our API without making significant changes

This is exellent news, it will allow tools like blogjet or other online services to interact with MSN Spaces and opens up it up to the rest of the blog-management arena.
I am starting to see a need for some kinds of blog-routing. For instance: I can now post from Flickr to most of my blogs. I can post from Blogjet to all of my blogs simultainiously. I can email my MSN Spaces blog with SMTP, I can moblog directly to Flickr.


I cannot email any of my other blogs, nor can I post to a blogging service while simultaniously uploading to Flickr (Dmitry, are you paying attention?). And I cannot use a web interface anywhere to post to all my blogs simultaniously. I would also like to be able to have all my blogs automaticly draw their content, via RSS perhaps, from any of my other blogs.. or any other content I specify.

Think of it…   I save a bookmark in or a picture in Flickr, my MSN Spaces blog picks it up automaticly, whereafter my other blogs or sites, or whatever, either pick it up via RSS, or are posted to from MSN Spaces, or whatever other blog or content source.

We need some kind of web-service that does all of this. An RSS router of sorts. Hmm.. could Bizztalk do this?  (this is the bit where I hope other people at GWB read my posts!)

Creating Podcasts on the fly with

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Oke.. this is damn cool. has implemented a schema of system tags. if you post a link to a file of a certian filetype, will automaticly add a system tag, like the one featured above: system:media:audio

If the system tag is for an audio file, calling a url like the one above, results in an RSS feed that will add the linked-to mp3 or wav file as an enclosure in the rss feed.

This basicly means that by simply adding a link to an mp3 to your delicious account, you have an rss feed with enclosures automaticly: a podcast feed.

I was clued into this via this post:

Keeping Busy – Sauce reader woes, Doppler, podcasts, XDA

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Been spending my free week online, just reading stuff, and now listening to podcasts.. uhm.. digital broadcasts… those.. incuded..mp3.. things..     lol

Quite a few people commenting and critisising the fact its called PODcasting.. IPODder… etc..  As you dont actually need an Apple IPod to do it..

Been having a lot of problems with Sauce Reader, my current RSS reader. Until about 2 weeks I was using Sharpreader, but its been ages since an update, it lacks features, it still doesn’t propery do digest auth on for instance Livejournal

But anyhow.. Sauce Reader isn’t perfect either.. even though the interface is pretty good, and its pretty jam-packed with features..evenincluding its own blogging tool, and its being updated prequently. However.. it EATS memory and CPU.. in a way that just isn’t healthy. And twice now it has somehow corrupted its own database of downloaded feed content, making half my feeds no longer update..  The only way I have been able to restore functionality is by re-adding those feeds..but with my feeds now round the 50 range.. that was quite a bit of work..

So I will be looking for another reader.. anyone got any suggestions?

Oke.. Podcasting.. Engadget has a nice new tutorial on how to get your podcast downloads set up on any other media device.. Pocketpc, Zen, Rio, whatever. check that out here

Erwin van Hunen released Doppler this morning, is an alternative for Ipodder for your podcast aggregation on the Windows platform. Been giving it a spin.. too early to really tell you what I think (is half hour too early? 😉  I already like the fact that I can import opml directly, saves me the bother of having to copy-paste feeds manually, I can just take the OPML that sauce reader creates and import it.. it will download any includes it finds amungs the many feeds.  I also really like the little popup it gives me when its downloaded someting. Its a bit buggy though.. chashes on some feeds.

Oke.. so now its a race with who can build the better podcast aggregator.  That is great and all.. but I would much rather like all the RSS aggregators update to support includes. I really want a single platform to manage feeds, I imagine perhaps a little blinking icon on a feed telling me its got an includde bit of content waiting for my approval to download.  We also desperatly need a management system for all these podcasts..  like and auto delete of old files or content expiration or something.

What we also need is commenting on  I mailed Adam and he replied that they where working on it, but that they where kinda swamped.. which I can imagine. On todays source code we heard an example of Steve Holden Tech Rag Tear Out where he declares who whillmost likely listen to his cast..  that is, at least at the present time, a goodway of quickly filtering.. however at that point.. you will already have downloaded the mp3.

Went shopping for a new headphone for my XDA .. and to no suprise of mine.. no one has it anymore. Even though I am pretty sure the headphone/handsfreeset for the XDAII and III will propbably work fine, no one seems to have the accesories for no headphone.  Looks like I will have to order it direct from O2, T-Mobile, Orange or whatever.

Oke more later…

Comparing Blog sites

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Switching back to English language posts for the international readership (you know who you are 😉

Getting into blogging has gotten me checking out various blogging tools and sites.
I have just made a test blog at, and I have been checking out Livejournal with the help of Steven . Because I am now a devoute user of Sharpreader for rss, I am especially interested in the rss or ATOM features of a blogging tool.

I have noticed that .text supports things like backtrack, and as a part of this can also append post responces to the rss feed. This for me is the post interesting feature, because it allows me to view comments without leaving the newsreader. All me need now in Sharpreader is the ability to comment on  posts from within the reader, what about it Luke? 😉

Considdering the sheer amout of data and posts I can find online regarding blogging technologies, I imagine that I have yet to discover the rest of the iceberg when it comes to blogging software. Can anyone recommend anything better than .text? Not that I am really complaining, but I wouldn’t mind, say, a system tray tool to post with, instead of having to visit the site every time.

I promise my next post wont be so technical 😉

Update 26/07: This page is getting quite a few hits thanks to google. To be helpfull to people looking for good blog sites, I can merely tell you that in my own experiance so far,  that the combinations of Sharpreader, Blogjet, and any .Text based blogging service, like this one, delivers the best experience. But that is based on my own mediocre experience so far.

RSS is zo verschikkelijk cool!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

(Met dank aan Luke Hutteman voor het eropwijzen dat ik een url-n00b ben 😉

De afgelopen paar weken probeer ik iedereen te overtuigen om RSS eens uit te proberen.

Voor diegene hier die niet weten wat het is, heeft een mooie uitleg ervan.
Voor een iets meer technische uitleg, moet je hier wezen.

Zelf gebruik ik Sharpreader van Luke Hutteman om me feeds te lezen, en het gevolg is dat ik bijna geen websites meer bezoek voor me nieuws, behalve als ik ernaar wordt verwezen door een feed.

Ondertussen ziet mijn Sharpreader er zo uit:

Maar  ik mis dan ook echt niets meer aan nieuws! 😀

Daarnaast ben ik iedereen aan het overtuigen om een weblog in gebruik te namen. Oke, ik loop een beetje achter de boot aan wat dit betreft, zeker als je dit soort nieuws leest. Maar de blogs die ik volg, van mensen die ik ken, hebben mij ervan overtuigd dat het een ongeevenaarde vorm van communiceren is, zoals de meeste in deze community inmiddels wel zullen weten 😉

Ik ben blij dat ik dan ook RSS en Blogging gelijktijdig heb “ontdekt“, ik ben vna nature lui, en ik zou waarschijnlijk niet te moeite nemen om al die blogs handmatig te volgen. RSS is de oplossing voor de luie surfer!  😉