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Published: Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:20:30 -0800

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Rolling my own personal news digest!

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:20:30 -0800

I'd like to automate my daily consumption of longform articles, MeFi posts, Youtube videos and funny gifs, into one email or RSS post. I have a serious fear of missing out so I subscribe to a ton of sites through Feedly. I also subscribe to quite a few newsletters. I'd like to take all of my favorite sources, filter them, combine them and output them in a bare bones, stripped down Markdown or HTML type email or webpage. How can I do so?

My current set-up involves combining and filtering a few feeds with the help of FeedRinse, and then subscribing to them through Feedly. I also have IFTTT set-up, but it can't be automated to strip down formatting and convert to Markdown or HTML. The problem with this is that it still breaks everything up into multiple posts, has crappy formatting and doesn't reduce the number of places I need to go to.

Also, there isn't a simple way to get the full text version of RSS posts for me to be able combine some of my other favorite sources. How do I do so?

I don't mind paying for a service if you've used it in the past and found it useful. I've heard of Huggin but since they don't provide a hosted solution, it's slightly too complicated for me to deploy.

I loved Yahoo pipes and thought it was awesome! I miss the functionality and the ability to do a ton of cool stuff. Does there exist something somewhat even close to it?

Service to clean up Google Alert URLs using Regex

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:49:26 -0800

I want to clean up the URLS of a Google Alerts RSS Feed. I used to use a Yahoo Pipes REGEX to to do this, but that service is now dead. What are my (simple + free + preferably online) alternatives? Google Alerts returns messy URLs like this:

This Regex, or something liek it, should strip that central bold section out: (?:https\:\/\/\&

Audio/Video Podcast playlist help

Sat, 31 May 2014 00:39:28 -0800

Is there a tool or service that allows you to arbitrarily add podcasts episodes to a custom feed you can subscribe to or share ? Here are a couple of things I'd like to do with it:

- create a feed of my favorite podcasts episodes to share with friends
- add episodes of top lists such as this one for me to consume later
- add videos from YouTube and others to create a watch later feed I can consume in a podcast app

I thought I stumbled on such an app a few months ago, but I can't seem to be able to remember it.

Multi-Platform RSS/Newsreader to Replace Feedly

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:01:06 -0800

I'm not fond of Feedly's insistence that you log in using a Google account. Searching for an RSS reader to replace it. Not looking for anything fancy. Just a simple RSS reader. I was a big fan of Google Reader, which of course is now defunct.

The requirements are that I can access the reader on iOS devices, Macs, and PCs.

I have about 50 feeds, mostly text-heavy vs. image-intensive, and the ability to sort them in groups/arrange them by folders would be helpful.


Does This Technology Exist?

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:29:46 -0800

It's fund drive time, and I have been a contributor and a host promoting fund drives for public and community radio. But a common complaint I hear from people is public radio encourages them to do their part, meaning contribute. The promise is the sooner you do, the sooner the drive will end. But the drive never seems to end for people who listen on air - on air seems to be the public radio B seats. So, can technology be developed that if you listen to public radio online or via internet radio or from the station's direct feed, once you contribute, the IP address or equivalent of your device(s) is recorded and you will not hear any more pledging through it/them device until your pledge/payment (1 month, next drive, next year, etc.) expires? This would seem to be a huge business opportunity to public radio stations or public radio groups (NPR, PRI, APR) to insure guaranteed payment and at the same time, not annoy people who don't want to hear the non-stop pledging.

Google Reader replacement with feeds from folders

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:48:34 -0800

One of the nice things about Google Reader was that you could set up a folder and then get an RSS feed from that folder. I used this to put a kind of self-updating blogroll on a WordPress site. Do any of the alternatives provide the same facility? I can't see it on Feedly or the Old Reader, and can't see it mentioned in earlier threads.

How to make Google Reader search return complete results?

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:42:07 -0800

I subscribe to a lot of feeds via Google Reader. Whenever I use the search function, I get incomplete results, even if I narrow the search to only starred items, for example. How can I get Reader to show all items that match my search? I use Windows and Firefox.

Not just RSS overload: overload overload.

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:19:08 -0800

I subscribe to too many RSS feeds that publish too many items and I can't take it anymore. Help me pare down to something resembling "essentials." I've been using RSS for about eight years now, and over time, I've built up quite a lengthy list of websites I follow. Some of them update multiple times a day, some of them update every so often, and lots of them are in between. It's gotten to be too much, and I could use some help deciding what the best places to go are and still not miss much.

Another part of the problem is that with so many subscriptions, I see a LOT of the same story multiple times. (Happens in particular with Apple and gaming sites. Do I really need to read both Joystiq and Kotaku, for example? Probably not!)

I think part of my approach is going to be to blow it all up and start over and see what I miss, but once I do that, I'm also hoping to just stick with a few good sources of news for each area so this doesn't happen again. This is where you guys come in! In the hive mind's opinion, what are the best places to go for some of these categories:

-Apple (general news, software recommendations, etc)
-Electronics (think Gizmodo or Engadget, but not dozens of items a day)
-Games (news, maybe some reviews, all platforms welcome)
-Movies and TV
-Sports (general news, some analysis)
--Bonus points: baseball, football, hockey, and soccer
-Tech news (Ars Technica goes here, do I really need much else?)

Anything else you might have to suggest is welcome too, but these are where I'm most overwhelmed.

Make your own popurls?

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:07:04 -0800

Is there a good way to keep track of everything I am interested in that is updating online? Some kind of huge private dashboard that is customizable. RSS feeds alone aren't getting it done. It is getting really old having to visit a bunch of different places to get information. RSS feeds are great in theory, but the way Google serves them up (based on how many people are subscribing) is not useful. For instance, MeFi feeds show up in my Reader hours later. Many site don't have RSS feeds, or they are full of too much information.

I am trying to come up with something that I can follow twitter hashtags on, follow rss feeds on, something I can follow new posts to askme or projects, etc.

I know about Yahoo Pipes, Netvibes, Alltop. None of those seem to be what I am looking for, unless I'm doing it wrong or perhaps their interfaces are just a pain. I don't want to stay logged into yahoo all day and I could not get the yahoo pipes feed for metafilter to work - in general or on an iGoogle page. I saw feedly but it requires you to give up your gmail password, a dealbreaker.

Ideally it would be something like a private popurls. Small text that links to the articles or posts from the sites I keep visiting and care about.

RSS feeds for Yahoo! News?

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:35:37 -0800

What happened to the RSS feeds for Yahoo! News most popular and most emailed stories? They worked up until about a month ago when the Yahoo! News site was redesigned. Now I can't find anyway to get these feeds. Is there an alternative? I'm open to about anything, but I liked the Yahoo! News most popular feeds since it seemed to distill all the news down to the most important stories of the day. (I realize that is subjective, but I don't have time to read all the news articles published daily.)


Error in setting up RSS feed to reddit and hackernews

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 03:06:18 -0800

Hello, I am trying to set a RSS feed using Microsoft outlook for reddit and hackernews( Outlook is my mail client to check my office mails. (email server using - POP3) Bu when I say Subscribe now, it it opens outlook on my windows-PC ,but gives an error as below :- "Outlook cannot download the RSS content from because of problem connecting to server. Same error occurs when I tried to subscribe to hackernews( as well. So something to do with Outlook settings or something? This is at office PC which is behind a router/firewall. 1.What is the problem here. Do I need to change some setting in outlook for this RSS feed? 2.How can i fix this to see Hackernews RSS feeds using my outlook?

Can I get Twitter feeds into Google Reader without a feed's posts being bunched together?

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:50:35 -0800

Can I get Twitter feeds into Google Reader without a feed's posts being bunched together? I use Google Reader, and generally like it. But there's one thing I don't like about it: I have a few Twitter feeds in there, and they get "bunched up". That is, for any given Twitter feed, Google Reader will make it seem as if the feed creator published (say) a dozen tweets all at the same instant. They're even marked with the same timestamps.

I like going through "All Feeds" in temporal order, which generally causes consecutive posts to be "shuffled" from different (non-Twitter) feeds. I like this; I do not like seeing many posts in a row from the same feed. But since Google Reader apparently only checks a Twitter feed very infrequently, the posts for any given Twitter feed will come out in a big block, with no other feeds in between. I really don't like that.

Is there a way to get it to check Twitter feeds more frequently? Perhaps a third party tool that I would subscribe to instead of subscribing to a Twitter feed directly?

I'm not really sure that this is due to Google Reader -- perhaps it's due to Twitter itself -- but perhaps there's at least something that would check the Twitter feed's HTML page (which is real time) instead of its RSS, and convert that into an RSS feed or whatever?

In case it matters, I do not have a Twitter account. I am open to making one, if it will somehow improve this within Google Reader, but I don't want to have to follow some things in Google Reader and other things in Twitter directly.

Data table sources with multiple pagination

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:47:25 -0800

i need to gather data from paginated tables and return them as a feed or something that can be easily pulled as a query into excel. Here's the first example of a page I'm having problems with. I only need to save the coupons, on all pages:

I could copy and paste and reformat, but that's the fun in that. I'm trying to write this query to update and refresh in Excel.

They do have an RSS feed, but it only brings 100 records. Today's list is showing 238 coupons. I need the text and other info from them into cells in Excel.

Sorry for the rambling, it's just hard to put it into words. I've had luck with other sources, but this one is giving me a hard time.

How to ensure iPhone news aggregator app is included in the App Store?

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:45:00 -0800

My iPhone news reader app was rejected from the App Store for what looks like copyright reasons. What should I do to get it accepted after all? It's a basic news reader app that monitors RSS feeds from news sources and displays the headlines along with the source name and a short description (up to 420 characters). You still have to visit the news source's site to read the actual article.

In this respect it is similar in functionality to various apps already available in the App Store, such as Fluent News, Notice News Aggregator, Broadersheet and I suppose many others. It's basically an RSS reader with pre-selected feeds.

The review team didn't specifically mention copyright to me but phrased it as such: "[We] cannot post your application because it appears to contain features, namely, content, that bear a resemblance to well-known third-parties [sic]" and then goes on to list a couple of the news sources monitored in my app.

I understand that the legality of some kinds of news aggregator implementations is debatable, but I feel I have a credible claim to fair use for this specific app. After all, I'm driving traffic to the sites, I don't actually offer the content but for a title and short description, etc.

Do you have any tips as to which steps I could take to make sure the app is published after all? Any angle I should pursue with Apple to get them to see my side? Have any of the developers among you encountered a similar situation and have any advice to share? Finally, what resources are there on the internet for people in my situation?

Thank you very much in advance for any help and/or insight.

An aggregator that can also screen scrape?

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:07:19 -0800

RSS aggregators that can also scrape pages without feeds? I'm looking for an RSS reader that can also generate its own feeds by scraping pages. (The pages are on intranet sites, so I can't create a Yahoo Pipe, sadly).

Syndirella would have been ideal for this, but looks like it hasn't been updated since 2003, and it just crashes on launch on my machine every time.

Windows is preferred here, but I could stretch to Mac if there's one there.

What pitfalls should I keep in mind when adapting PHP scripts to run on the command line?

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 12:49:37 -0800

I'm trying to run some PHP scripts via the CLI instead of over HTTP. How do I make them play nice? This is essentially a follow-up to this question from a while back. I'm using scripts from FeedForAll to join together RSS feeds (RSSmesh) and display them as HTML (RSS2HTML). Because I intend to run these scripts fairly intensively and don't want the resulting HTTP requests and bandwidth to count towards my hosting quota, I am in the process of moving to running them on the web host's server in an umbrella PHP "batch" script, and call this script via cron (this is a Linux server, by the way). Here's a (working) sample request over HTTP: This will produce the desired HTML output. An example of how I want this to work on the command line: /srv/customers/mycustomer#/ /srv/customers/mycustomer#/ /srv/customers/mycustomer#/ This is with the correct shebang line added to "rss2html2-cli.php". I could just as well specify the executable ("/usr/local/bin/php") in the request, I doubt it makes a difference because I am able to run another script (that I wrote myself) either way without problems. Now, RSS2HTML and RSSmesh are different in that, for starters, they include secondary files -- for example, both include an XML parser script -- and I suspect that this is where I am getting a bit in over my head. Right now I'm calling exec() from the "umbrella" batch script, like so: exec("/srv/customers/mycustomer#/ /srv/customers/mycustomer#/ /srv/customers/mycustomer#/", $output) But no output is being produced. What's the best way to go about this and what "gotchas" should I keep in mind? Is exec() the right way to approach this? It works fine for the other (simple) script but that writes its own output. For this I want to get the output and write it to a file from within the umbrella script if possible. I've also tried output buffering but to no avail. Do I need to pay attention to anything specific with regard to the includes? Right now they're specified in the scripts as include_once(""); and the specified files are indeed in the same folder. Further info: -This is a Linux server -I have no direct access to the shell, so I can't test things directly on a command line, everything is via crontab -If you read the previous question, I opted for a home server the last time but I want to avoid this now because I don't want to be dependent on my ISP's uptime -Last time it was suggested I move to a hosting provider with larger or unlimited bandwidth quotas. I'd like to avoid this for now as I am an otherwise satisfied customer (plus the data centres are near where I am, in the Netherlands). -I will admit that support for the FeedForAll scripts leaves a lot to be desired, but I'd like to keep using their scripts if at all possible, if only because I know them and have been using them for a while. I have looked into Simplepie, but the FFA scripts do some things that I've seen no obvious solutions for with Simplepie, like limiting the number of items per individual feed (RSSmesh) or limiting the description length (RSS2HTML). -Yahoo! Pipes is out, they cache their data for too long for my application. ------------- Should you want to take a look at the code, here are the scripts as txt files: RSS2HTML RSSmesh The included [...]

Help us keep the baby safe from pulling the g button out at night

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 08:53:45 -0800

Very active one year old with G button (MIC-key low profile) During night feeds and traveling in car how do I keep her Button from being pulled? It has come out once before in the crib by her moving so much the slack in the feeding tube got caught in crib and pulled out. It was painful for her since the balloon was fully inflated. I want to keep this from happening again. How do other parents keep thier kids g buttons and tube feeding cord protected at night. She is a wiggly thing and often turns in her sleep many times from belly to back and forth. The feeding is necessary and cannot be missed. Have a very active 16 month old LJ (adjusted age is 13 months for preemie birth) who has a MIC-key gastrostomy button used for feeding. She is dependent on the button during the day and night feeds. At night she gets a continuous feed that lasts 9 hours, the problem is she is so wiggly and toss and turns all night. I have tried many things to cover her button and feeding tube cord so it doesnt get caught or pulled by something. We have tried tapes, ace bandages, tucking the tube under a onesie and snapping it closed. None have been sucessful. She is allergic to adhesives, Ace bandages put too much pressure on the button and left marks and left her Grumpy and sore the next morning. She has had the g button since she was 5 months old. She sleeps in a playpen next to our bed and usually ends up co-sleeping with us by the end of the night. Just wondering what other parents do to keep the g button and extension of tubing from being pulled out at night? I have seen this product called a summers life guard. I have considered trying to re create something similar but have no idea where to start. the only difference is i would make it for her belly and not her chest. I have a sewing machine but not sure how to get started making a wrap for LJs belly. Any ideas to keep the button and tube protected during feedings at nite? any patterns or ideas how to make a wrap similar to summers life guard but for a belly? Any suggestions or expierences that you have had with any of this would be helpful.

Is there an Instapaper for feed aggregation?

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 05:26:14 -0800

I'm looking for a very simple rss updater to replace Rososo. Any suggestions? It looks like my rss updater of choice, Rososo, might be permanently out of order. This bums me out as it's just about the perfect fit for my needs and aesthetic preferences. Much like Instapaper, another can't-do-without favourite, it has a zen-like vibe of doing one thing really well and looking as simple as possible while doing it.

What I need is a robust (little downtime) and easy-to-use service for keeping an eye on my twenty or so favourite blogs and other sites. I like to read my articles on-site, not through a reader interface, so I'm therefore not looking for Google Reader, I think. Firefox extensions and the like are out as I often use different computers and browsers throughout the day.

Also, I want to be able to follow any feed and not just those that are already submitted to the service (like Bloglovin or Bloglines). Some of my feeds belong to sites written in languages other than English and others I'm just not comfortable adding to a public index (personal Livejournals and the like).

Is there anything out there for me?

Data feeds for cricket and other sports

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 16:18:31 -0800

Where can I get sports feeds, especially cricket? I am looking to build a hobby cricket sports site. I want data, both current and historical, for records, one day matches, test matches etc. Where can I get such data, preferably free or very cheap?

Also, are there sites for other sports feeds?

Is there an RSS aggregator that (1) does not require an account and (2) provides a unique URL for the feed?

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 20:39:31 -0800

Is there an RSS aggregator that (1) does not require an account and (2) provides a unique URL for the feed? I would like to aggregate a group of RSS feeds and then share that aggregation with the public (so that no account is required). A similar example is a link aggregator called Krunchd.

GoogleReader sez that's last week's news. You cannot haz last week's news.

Thu, 28 May 2009 23:37:54 -0800

So frustrated... For the past two months my GoogleReader has been making my unread items expire (i.e., not show up in the "new items" feed view) in far less than the standard 30 days. Right now I've got things about 10 days old, at one point it was down to three or four days. Why? And how the heck can I fix this? Old news is still good news! Setup details -- I'm on Windows XP, Firefox 3.0.10, using Lifehacker's Better GReader usually in the minimalistic view. I have several other add-ons installed, like greasemonkey and noscript, but I don't think any of them should be affecting GoogleReader. I'll give a full listing if someone thinks it's important. [FWIW, the expired feed items don't magically reappear if I switch over to IE or my iPhone's mobile version.]

My understanding from the forum searching I've done is that GoogleReader doesn't allow users to specify when their feed items expire but sets everything to a standard 30-day newness. But I have far too many feeds for my own good, and frequently leave things unread to check back on for days or weeks at a time. (like... hey that's a cool askme question, I'll go back and see what other people said in a few days.) That's usually fine, as I mark the uninteresting items as read, keep the interesting ones unread, and then go back to them later.

But! A couple months ago my feed items started "expiring" far far sooner - as soon as three or four days in some cases. When I have my view set to "new items" they don't show up at all. If I put the view to "all items" and scroll down to force-load additional items, the older ones show up, still unread, just not considered "new" anymore. Frustrating as all hell, because I also have to scroll past all my read items to find them, and keep switching between "all" and "new" views. Ugh!

Does anyone know if there was a change in GoogleReader's settings on expiration of new items? Or is there something gone wonky in Firefox? Or are the RSS gods displeased with me? I know I have a ton of feeds but I don't think I'm anywhere near the upper limit of allowed subscriptions. I've been tearing my hair out looking at the settings and looking at forums but I'm only getting people bitching about the standard 30-day expiration.


Policy monitoring for families with kids with special needs

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 10:22:49 -0800

In search of website, blogs, etc that keep up with federal and state (specifically NC) policies that affect families with children with developmental and physical disabilities? I'm interning for an agency that provides support to families with children with special needs (developmental/intellectual/physical/behavioral/etc disabilities), and I am looking for a way to keep the staff up-to-date on current policies affecting the population we serve. I'm hoping to simply find a few comprehensive sites and blogs to whose RSS feeds we can subscribe and review when necessary. This agency serves all of North Carolina, so NC-specific sites would also be helpful. Thanks in advance!

How to edit feeds in Wordpress 2.7?

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:57:07 -0800

I use Wordpress 2.7. How do I edit the RSS feed(s)? Please help me troubleshoot my situation ... Please help a gal out! I want to insert ads into my feed -- direct ads, not Adsense ads -- ideally every nth post but I'm having trouble getting them to show up at all, so that's my question for now.

I'm using Wordpress 2.7, and OpenX to serve ads. I also use Feedburner Feedsmith to redirect my feeds to Feedburner.

I tried to insert an html ad invocation code (built using these instructions from OpenX) using the Better Feed plugin (which you can use to add various things to your post footer), but all that ended up showing up in the feed was the code. Better Feed does successfully display tags and categories for each post.

I tried to go into the feed template according to these instructions, but they all seem to be redirected elsewhere. But if Better Feeds is inserting tags and categories, doesn't the feed template live somewhere on my server? If so, where? Do I need to get rid of Feedburner to make this all work?

Please let me know what other info/code/etc I can provide.

(Yes, I tried the wordpress forums, but didn't have any luck getting a response.)

Is there an easy way to combine multiple blogs posts into a single, daily RSS item?

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:45:52 -0800

Is there an easy way to combine multiple blogs posts into a single, daily RSS item? I wrestled in vain this morning with Yahoo Pipes—my arch-nemesis and occasional collaborator—and we've both given up. Is there an automated, dummy-proof method for bundling a set of posts from my blog into a single RSS item?

Ideally, that means I'd post three separate entries on Monday and they'd show up in my feedreader early the next morning.

Why are there no items in the category feeds of my self-hosted WordPress blog even though my overall feed is fine?

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 16:01:10 -0800

Why are there no items in the category feeds of my self-hosted WordPress blog even though my overall feed is fine? I have a self-hosted blog at My overall feed updates normally with all my posted items. I am using my categories in my posting, but all my feeds for the three overall categories on my site are empty.

The category feeds:

I'm running WordPress 2.7. I would really appreciate any insight you might have. Other resources have failed miserably to answer this question. Thanks!