node.js is Legos for Web Geeks

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Dave Winer infected me with the node.js meme the other day. I’m sure it was innocent on his part, but the results have been a bit like John Pinette at a chinese buffet. So much to try, so little time. node.js has been around for a while. I remember looking at it almost a year… Read more »

Escaping RSS for JSON

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I’ve been working with Dave Winer’s “feedhose” system for the past several days and have run into a problem that will likely face everyone trying to leverage this technology. Since the RSS spec is fairly lenient, things like title and description tags can have all sorts of mark-up in them. (Don’t get me started on… Read more »

Tin Can-and-String-Federated-140 Character Message Proposal

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In response to Dave Winer’s post about bootstrapping a federated 140 character message system, I doodled up a spec for a hypothetical service called “F140”. I have a basic implementation of it working and am interested in hearing comments and feedback. The implementation is VERY simple and barely scratches the surface of the issues related… Read more »

iPad at Work

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I decided to get an iPad. I wanted it specifically to use as a platform for work. I wanted to see if it could hold its own against my MacBook Pro for the usual daily tasks around the office as well as use and evaluate it as a platform for potential customer applications. So, I… Read more »

CloudPipe “Fat Ping” Suggestion

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The fat ping addition to the rssCloud infrastructure is a great new feature. After pondering all the myriad of application opportunities it opens up, it occurs to me that there would be value in expanding beyond the implicit content types supported in RSS. As it stands now, the current CloudPipe examples pass through the same… Read more »

Twitter with a Brain

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Dave Winer made this post on his rssCloud Blog today and it started the gears grinding. In it, he suggests the need for a “programmable” Twitter client. Specifically, he offered up the idea of a Twitter client with a scripting engine in it that would allow certain types of logic to be triggered on behalf… Read more »

rssNimbus Source Code Available

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The Java source code for rssNimbus (in the form of an Eclipse project snapshot) is now available from this link. Ultimately, it should be moved to an on-line version control site like Google Code, but for now a big blob is what you get. See the ReadMe.txt file inside the archive for more info. You… Read more »

Poet’s Guide to rssNimbus

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rssNimbus is an implementation of a rssCloud server using Google App Engine (GAE) to run the server’s Java code. To install and run your own copy, you need a few things: download a copy of rssNimbus. <> create a Google App Engine account. <> download  the GAE SDK for Java. <> or the current version… Read more »

rssNimbus Available for Beta Testing

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The first demo deployment of rssNimbus, a rssCloud server for Google App Engine, is on the air for limited beta testing at I would greatly appreciate any feedback on how it works for people attempting basic pings and notifications. Be forewarned that it still needs to be hooked into GAE’s cron processes so that… Read more »

Twitter/WordPress Integration

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Well, hats off to the developer of Twitter Tools. This has to be the easiest way to drag Tweets into a blog ever. Took all of 90 seconds to download and install. Definitely worth the effort if you run a blog on WordPress.