The Quest, Revisited

This is the time of year when I cut down on my RSS feed habit, mostly because it all seems to be exactly the same news over and over. I've yet to attempt the RSS-as-email approach again, despite the fact that Ricardo Reyes (who created rss2pop3) was kind enough to send me a brand new version of his newspipe script, which sends the feed items via SMTP (which is much nicer for procmail geeks like me, and saves me the non-existing time to keep twidding rss2mail).

(Since Ricardo is currently without a web presence, I'll be putting his source code up on my CVS section (I've yet to unpack the latest version, test it a bit and add a README and the GPL to the archive). The fact that it's taken me nearly three weeks to get around to remember doing this again is a testament to my lack of time.)

This means, of course, that my original Quest For Easier Information Management is still unfulfilled on the RSS front. My Wiki is the most useful thing I ever put together, I've tamed all my e-mail accounts, have a consistent strategy for managing all my media (and backups), and committed all my important contacts to Address Book while I twiddle vcard2ldap (if you're not on Address Book, you don't get synced to my phone, period).

That means I should get back to taming the Hydra (and doing a bit more Mac-centric stuff with the resulting free time wouldn't hurt, either). Here's the plan:

  • Cut down on feeds
  • Get newspipe running, test it against
  • Figure out if I want a mail-based or web-based aggregator once and for all
    • If I happen to pick web, there is a lot to change on my current Feed On Feeds setup:
      • Do some serious restructuring of Feed On Feeds' innards (data and presentation are jumbled together)
      • Add Bayesian classification (and training)
      • implement XSLT-based views for all the WAP phones I have the (dis)pleasure of testing.
    • If I happen to pick mail, I have to figure out how to rate and/or filter the RSS "messages".
  • Publish the results under the GPL or similar

Either way, it's bound to take quite a while. I must confess the web-based approach has a bit more appeal to me, since it would let me write components I could use for LiveWiki (which would be a neat thing to build in the long run).

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