Posts Tagged ‘rss’

I want what the NSA and GCHQ are using instead of Google Reader

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

While a bundle of start-ups and incubators are ‘on crunch‘ to finish the betas of their replacements for Google Reader, there’s probably one bit of software that could do the job even better than Google Reader. GCHQ and NSA must have some really good RSS plug-ins for reading websites.

If we’re going to ignore the implications of the data trawling, could we at least benefit from the code that our taxes paid for?

Room 404 now available in iTunes

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

In the haste to get the new podcast, Room 404, open in time for the B3ta Newsletter, the normal way of starting a new show didn’t actually happen – there was only one podcast available when people started to flood in, the next guests weren’t lined up, the format of the show was still in flux…

…and there was no listing for Room 404 in iTunes. Much as RSS feeds are readable by many devices and clients, I’ve continued to hear that “people will listen once it’s in iTunes.”

Well, it’s in iTunes now, what are you waiting for?

Room 404 on iTunes

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Independent Tools are the Keys to the Web

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Dave Winer’s posts on using his experiment with Twitter as the basis of a ‘personal Friend Feed’ is an intriguing concept.

In short, you grab the RSS feeds of your friends blogs, squish them together, and push that to a Twitter channel (Winer is using FriendsOfDave) to get a little push style feed of your friends content.

While you could probably replicate this using a number of online services, I think the beauty of this is that it belongs to Winer – or to anyone who uses this concept, as I fully expect the source code to be released at some point. I think the only thing that could make this more interesting is the tools to make it fully independent of third party services, and that would be to hook it up to a Laconica based server (update, I see that Winer has this up and running now as well… perfect).

As technology becomes more and more like magic, it’s important that we all remain as close to Level 60 technomages as possible.