All read

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 8:53 | Posted in google, internet, Personal, rss feeds | Leave a comment

My Google Reader with 125 feeds is empty. I have read every item of it. Normally I have hundreds of unread items.

This has only happened once before, for two months ago. Having worked hard like that, I deserve a beer.

My fresh posts in a feed

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 16:52 | Posted in Blogosphere, gadgets, google, My other blogs, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment

I have occasionally received feedback saying that I have too many blogs. It would be easier to keep track of my posts if they were all at one place. I plead quilty as charged but I am not going to put all my posts in one blog because everybody might not appreciate  a multi lingual blog.

However, to meet the request of being easier to track, my blog templates now show links to my 10 latest posts in all of my personal blogs. Excluded are collective blogs that I either edit or contribute to. Links to those are in the sidebars.

The technical solution is very simple. I just subscribed to the feeds of my own blogs and put them into a separate folder in Google Reader. The folder produces a feed of its own which is distributed as links in the sidebar. The feed may be subscribed to here.

The chronology of the posts may be a bit limping  at start since Google Reader does not always manage to sort posts in fresh subscriptions correctly. This is going to sort out by itself, though, as fresh posts appear.

Mighty long G seconds

Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 15:05 | Posted in google, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment

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I have been trying to add a folder to my Google Reader for about 20 times within as many minutes. Each time I am prompted with this oops notice telling me to try again in a few seconds. G seconds may occasionally be long but it is an annoyance just the same.

However, I would not rush to change my feed reader. Google Reader works great most of the time.

Nothing to read

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:32 | Posted in google, internet, rss feeds | 8 Comments

This has never happened before. There is not a single unread item in my Google Reader. At the moment I have 95 subscriptions, 16 of them big media outlets that almost publish an item a minute. The rest is blogs.

Either there is nothing happening out there in the World or I have been working hard to get up to date.

Dynamic blogrolls

Friday, February 23, 2007 at 8:51 | Posted in Blogosphere, google, languages, rss feeds | 3 Comments

Inspired by the dynamic blogroll of Mein Parteibuch, I have deleted my old static blogroll and replaced it with a number of dynamic rolls. There are altogether five blogrolls divided by language. The languages are English, German, Finnish, Estonian and Scandinavian (that is Swedish, Norwegian and Danish in one roll).

The technical solution is very simple. For a while ago, I transfered all my RSS subscriptions from Bloglines to Google Reader where I sorted the subscriptions to folders based on the language of the blog. I then made the folders public whereby a public page was created on each of the folders. Those pages generate RSS feeds of their own and the blogrolls are based on those feeds.

Since I made some rearrangements among my subscriptions, some of the rolls may momentarily display a lot of posts from one single blog but as soon as new posts appear in the subscribed blogs, things should more or less automatically settle to normal. That is, each blogroll should display 10 most recent posts of the blogs concerned. So basically, whoever makes posts most frequently, has their site linked most often from my blogs.

At the moment my English and Finnish blogs display all of the five dynamic blogrolls while my Swedish blog shows the Scandinavian and English feeds. I have for the time being not included this feature in my Estonian blog, nor its mirror site because I am considering to make some more profound changes in those sites. It would make sense to do all of the work at the same time.

My thanks to Marcel for this great idea. So if you do not like it, all protests should be addressed to him but I am happy to receive any positive comments. Nah, of course I was kidding, all feedback is appriciated.

Edit: The rolls are now displayed in the Estonian blog(s).

Bloglines subscription for Firefox

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 4:18 | Posted in browsers, firefox, gadgets, internet, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment

As could be expected, Bloglines annouces that their one click subscription tool for any RSS feed in your browser also works with Firefox 2.0.

I have a hunch that this feature is going to be much more appriciated among the Firefox users than the similar gadget for those perverts who prefer IE 7.

Cool but who would use it?

Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 9:36 | Posted in browsers, gadgets, internet, rss feeds, Web tools | 8 Comments

Bloglines announces a new gadget. Any RSS capable site can be subscribed to Bloglines with one single click.

I guess this is cool. But the down side is that it only works with IE 7. So who would use it? I do not know anybody who would know somebody who would use Internet Explorer.

Sharing bookmarks

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 6:10 | Posted in bookmarks, Personal, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment

Just in case you have not noticed yet, I have already for a few days been sharing my bookmarks in the sidebar of the blog. They are links to interesting stories or web sites that I happened to see in the web and thought there might be something to blog about but did not have a chance to do so at the moment. I may come back to some of the topics later but it is just as likely that I will not.

So I thought that sharing the bookmarks is better than keeping them for myself. The sidebar in my front page displays the ten most recent bookmarks, while the lot of them can be seen here. And if you want to read them in RSS, the feed is here.

Bloglines back on track

Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 2:39 | Posted in internet, rss feeds, Web tools | Leave a comment

I thought that was eating up my RSS feeds because the counts were not matching with the feeds actually available. Some saved entries did not display and some did not seem to update. Luckily, I was mistaken.

The Bloglines team writes that they did some maintenance on Wednesday and some irregularities may still occur a few days. But what is most important, nothing has gone missing. Everything is backed up and whatever may still not show, will be available soon.

Cool. It almost looks like normal again. And I am happy to be a happy Bloglines user. 😉

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