I'm on a quest to find the perfect RSS aggregator. And I'm starting to feel like I'll end up having to write some code to get it. That makes me unhappy because I've got roughly a billion other things I need to be spending my time on.
I'm slowly convincing myself that I need an e-mail based aggregator. Yeah, that's right. I think I want an RSS aggregator that sends me all the interesting bits via e-mail.
The real problem is that I use several different computers and operating systems each day. And I've yet to find one that'll give me what I want. My current favorites are AmphetaDesk and NetNewsWire. The former is a client-server application (I have it running on a co-located server so I can access it from anywhere) and the later is a GUI application for Mac OS X. For me, they're two "best of breed" applications.
So, let's look at the general cases.
And now the specific cases:
I'd like to combine aspects of both models. I'm thinking of a server-based process that can gather all the data and give it to me in one of several ways. Maybe I can just point my browser at it and catch up on the news--just like AmphetaDesk. That's great for when I'm on-line and in a surfing mood.
I'd like it to do RSS auto-discovery.
I'd like the option of having updates sent to me via e-mail and possibly instant-messenger. Heck, I'd like to be able to subscribe via e-mail or IM as well.
By having an e-mail option, I can work off-line whenever the mood strikes me or connectivity vanishes for some reason. And if it provided a XML-RPC or SOAP-based API, I could imagine having a nice selection of desktop GUI apps that can provide a nice interface to the data--on any platform (Linux, OS X, Windows).
Anyone know of such a beast? Sounds like it'd be a fun project to build. It breaks down nicely into logical units, I think. There'd the be the core server. It polls all your feeds, figures out what's new, and so on. Then there's an API for subscribe/unsubscribe and reading content. You could then have clients or bridges that speak Jabber, XML-RPC or SOAP, POP or IMAP, etc.
Hmm. If only I had some more spare time. This is starting to sound really fun. Heck, it'd even be a good excuse to learn one of the languages I've been wanting to get into: Python or Ruby.
Sigh. Back to doing work.
As of this moment, if you search google for "jeremy", you'll find that my weblog is the first link returned. And, better yet, there are no ads or sponsored links on the page.
I wonder how long this will last...
I just watched Barnes, one of my cats, catch and eat a fly. I have trouble killing flies with a fly swatter, but he was able to do it with a swipe of his paw. Wow.
According to Business 2.0:
Entire PCs can now be bought for less than the cost of one copy of Microsoft Office software -- and an interesting new market is born.
Hmm. Suddenly it's clear that Microsoft might be getting a bit too expensive for the low-end market.