Date: January 27th, 2003
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It worked last time…

Here’s my new idea, now that my previous two are done. Not really an idea for this weblog, but a project I want to do.

Recently I got into the whole RSS thing big time. I use Feedreader at work to keep up with various sites. It works great, except for a few problems:

  • It isn’t integrated with my browser well enough. Sometimes I want to read news items right in the newsreader. Sometimes I want to open up individual items in a page. Sometimes I want to click on links in news items and open tabs. Sometimes I want to go to the home page of the site that the news is from since their feed is plain text only. All these things are inconvenient/impossible in Feedreader.
  • I don’t want it to sit there reloading feeds all night when I’m not there. There’s no way to “pause” it, all I can do is close it, and then it loses its place the next morning and everything is marked unread. Not cool. This is a minor problem, I know.
  • A bigger problem: What about when I get home? If I used an RSS client here too, it wouldn’t be in sync. Stupid.

To get around all these limitaions, I want to make a browser based RSS client. Since it’s right in my browser, all the different ways of navigation I want will just work. I’m thinking of making it only update the feeds, if they’re out of date, when I load the page, so it won’t sit there stupidly updating all night. It will then be in sync wherever I go: I can just load my feeds page and see the latest news, kind of like Livejournal’s friends pages, or News Is Free. But I want it to keep track of what I’ve read, and of course be free and Free. If I do it, I’ll make the code available so others can set up their own versions on their own servers.

I would set it up here so random people can log in and set up personal lists of feeds, but I don’t think minutillo.com could handle the strain. Maybe if it gets good enough some nice person with a big honking server will set up a public version, ready to go.

I think with a little PHP, and a little MySQL, and Magpie to do all the heavy lifting, it shouldn’t be that hard. Wish me luck!

4 Comments

    Poor Minutillo.com, it is really on about 1/16th of a FreeBSD box and not a super powerful one at that. Since your weblog gets about a billion more hits than anything else on the site (and for the first time in recorded history we are using a measurable fraction of our bandwidth limit) I hate to think what would happen if you did something great.

    1F

  1. stevesteve  
    January 28th, 2003
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  2. If the traffic keeps going up, I guess there will be two possibilities:

    1) keep upgrading minutillo.com to more space, more bandwidth, more cpu, more everything

    2) \”steve minutillo – the weblog\” moves on to its own server, probably at some cute domain name like \’no-biz-like-show.biz\’ or \’view-source.org\’ or \’[something].[the next stupid TLD they come up with]\’

    I favor option 1 since all the other users of minutillo.com would benefit.

    2F

  3. January 28th, 2003
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  4. I too favor option 1. Bandwidth limits and disk space are easy to increase. CPU and database disk space (measured seperately) are harder with my current plan. I guess when the issue comes up I will look into it.

    3F

  5. stevesteve  
    January 28th, 2003
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  6. OK. That may happen sooner than we think: It appears that after this month\’s Google Dance my weblog is at Pagerank 4.

    The root page (minutillo.com) is PR2, and minutillo.info is PR0. Probably the problem there is that all the links to minutillo.info don\’t count since it they redirect to minutillo.com/info.

    4F

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