Would Planet Thunderbird be useful?

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Would readers of this blog be interested in a Planet Thunderbird aggregator that included all posts explicitly about Thunderbird, not just mine or those of Thunderbird engineers, but whatever other regular bloggers on the topic made sense? Or are all those readers already reading Planet Mozilla and happy to deal with that firehose?

MarsEdit, WordPress, Planet, and minor updates

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Dear LazyWeb,

I use MarsEdit to author my blog posts, then publish to WordPress 2.2, and see some of my posts aggregated by some Planet sites.

Every now and then I need to make a minor change, and that seems to result in resyndication so that readers of the planet feed get duplicates.

Is there a trick in either MarsEdit or WordPress to identifying minor updates?

Category specific feeds exposed

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After a little bit of struggling with PHP (it’s been a while), I’ve exposed category specific feeds. Specifically, if someone wants to keep track of my Mozilla-related posts, here’s the feed (or the browser-oriented archive page). Similarly for ActiveState stuff (feed, archive), etc.

I haven’t yet figured out what tweaks are needed to my WP templates to make the feed exposed in the category-specific archives be the category-specific feed. It doesn’t look simple, as the category archives is really just a specialized search.

Shrook Calling Pukka, Shrook Calling Pukka…

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AppleScript, Shrook & Pukka experts — is it possible to build a custom keyboard command that lets me invoke Pukka from Shrook? (These names, I know!).

I haven’t touched AppleScript seriously since the late 80s I fear, but there’s got to be a way to hijack Pukka’s Mark as Flagged command, no?

Misc software recommendations

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I’ve upgraded the software I use for blog-reading & writing. I’m pretty happy with the following so far:

  • I’ve switched to Shrook as my aggregator. It’s the only one I found that could let me quickly reorganize my 300+ RSS feeds into groups. Key word being “quickly”. Most of the others I tried didn’t scale well from a UI point of view (Google Reader and Bloglines in particular). It has groups which can overlap (“Favorites” and “Inspiring” can both contain the same feed), and it has some sort of bayesian learning thing which I haven’t figured out yet. It also has a web-based online reading & synchronizing service, which I haven’t poked at either.
  • I’ve upgraded to MarsEdit 2.0 (well, haven’t paid yet but I will). I’m not sure why.
  • After figuring out the category support in MarsEdit, I upgraded WordPress to 2.2.3. Nothing broke as far as I can tell.

The other piece of software I’m enjoying these days is HiveMinder, after a recommendation from Zak. It’s related to RT, but it fits my brain much better than RT did. I particularly like the Instant Messaging interface. More on that later if I get around to it…

Productivity boost with feeddemon & bloglines

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  1. Install feeddemon 1.5 trial (still trying to figure out an alternative to bloglines)
  2. Enable the bloglines synchronization feature
  3. Decide the keyboard navigation still feels awkward, and still don’t like having to read blogs in the websites (not as fast as bloglines’ “everyone looks the same” model).
  4. Go back to bloglines, and notice that feeddemon marked all bloglines feeds as read!
  5. Curse feeddemon
  6. Fewer blogs to read = higher productivity, knowledge be damned,

Productivity boost with feeddemon & bloglines

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  1. Install feeddemon 1.5 trial (still trying to figure out an alternative to bloglines)
  2. Enable the bloglines synchronization feature
  3. Decide the keyboard navigation still feels awkward, and still don’t like having to read blogs in the websites (not as fast as bloglines’ “everyone looks the same” model).
  4. Go back to bloglines, and notice that feeddemon marked all bloglines feeds as read!
  5. Curse feeddemon
  6. Fewer blogs to read = higher productivity, knowledge be damned,

Corante and Firefox

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Corante is an interesting collection of blogs. Unfortunately, it renders so slowly in Firefox that I basically can’t stand reading it. I don’t know if it’s Firefox’s problem (IE seems to do ok), but in the meantime it’d be nice if the Corante folks fixed it (yes, I mailed a comment in)…

Somebody fix printing!

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I’m going to be on a few planes over the next two weeks (to San Diego for ETech, to San Francisco for a customer visit, and to DC for PyCon). I like to read when I travel, and there’s a bunch of stuff that I’ve been meaning to get to. As batteries run out and eyes tire, I like to occasionally print the more substantive pieces on dead trees. Also, I occasionally print stuff to share with people who, for reasons as diverse as network security, poor eyesight, or simple personal preferences, would rather read on paper than on a screen (it’s much easier to share Malcolm Gladwell’s piece on SUVs around the playground if it’s on paper).

And I have to say that way too many blogs are basically unprintable. Simply too many of them are clearly never tested for printability (uh, I should test my own… phew, it’s a bit of a small font but at least the layout’s just fine).

So, if you have a blog, please print one of your own entries once in a while, and see what it’s like. Also, if you have a popular blog where people leave lots of comments, consider making it possible to print your words and not all the comments.

There, rant over, I feel better now.