June 15, 2003

Aggregation

Now that I'm publishing an RSS feed, I'm interested in aggregation. What's aggregation, you ask? It's the ability to take content from a bunch of places (like weblogs and news feeds) and pull it together under one interface where you can easily check for updates. An RSS feed is an XML document that a weblog creates so that other people can read their headlines, and a teaser comment. For an example, here's mine.

Since I'm new to aggregation, I'm looking for tools that let you display aggregated RSS feeds, and where to find good feeds. If any of you are knowledgable in this area, please let me know what you like to use (or have heard of) in the comment section.

Posted by James at June 15, 2003 10:14 AM
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My favorite Mac OS X produce is NetNewsWire.

http://www.ranchero.com

Windows folk are on their own. I know some tools exist, by my knowledge ends there.

It comes with a big bucket of feeds to choose from too.

Since I do Mac work for a living, I'm subscribed to the Mac news outlets as RSS feeds.

The NY Times has provided RSS feeds as well.

http://backend.userland.com/directory/167/feeds/newYorkTimes

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 15, 2003 10:35 AM

James, I know you are a Neil Gaiman fan.

His journal has an RSS feed as too. (You may end up being surprised how useful the format is, and just how many people are providing feeds today.)

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 15, 2003 10:39 AM

Ah, I get it. This could be handy. I'll have to give my weblogs more feed-friendly names.

Syndirella seems to be a decent aggregator for Windows: http://www.yole.ru/projects/syndirella/

And here is a feed search engine: http://www.syndic8.com/

Posted by: Mike at June 15, 2003 11:32 AM

Syndirella is nice, but I wish I could find something that lets me group (like NetNewsWire) but for Windows.

Posted by: James at June 15, 2003 2:36 PM

James, have you gone Windows on us at home?

Posted by: Jim Correia at June 15, 2003 3:42 PM

Yes, I mostly use a Windows box at home, although I have an older machine running OS X on the desk next to it, and I use both. It allows me to do cross-platform testing more quickly.

I found that it was easier to play poker online on Windows, and having a Windows box has allowed me to get into DVD authoring cheaply.

However, OS X is clearly the superior OS to WIn2K and WinXP. On a fast machine, OS X is fun, easy to use and powerful. On my older, under-powered home machines, it's a bear.

Posted by: James at June 15, 2003 9:59 PM

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