Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds

This page was originally entitled “Snipsnap Blog & XML Feeds”. It documented one of the crucial failings in snipsnap; it’s limited rss feed size, of 10 and the blog article naming which means that it considered nearly all the articles to be titled “1”. In 2009, I experimented with using Google reader as a feed aggregator, good choice eh? The final part of this article documented my experiments and gave hints on how to follow me using the google reader feed. This is now no longer available.

Snipsnap Blog & XML Feeds

The snipsnap blog is displayed in HTML using the {weblog} macro. The weblog is also exposed using RSS and the default is to constrain these objects to 10 items.

I have looked at creating a page with more weblog items but I suspect that constraints within the snipsnap code will prohibit the xml feed from being larger than 10 items. I do not have the code skills to change this.

I did however create a feed in google reader so the complete feed is available via that feed. I could have used a number of feed aggregator/forwarders, such as a private planet or feedburner. I created the feed in November 2009 so previous articles will have to be mined. I could help with a delicious tag cloud for the blogs.

Snipsnap’s own tools aren’t good. There’s no automatic tagging, the tagging interface is slow and cumbersome and the index titles of the blog article are the dates and order serial, so that even if tagged the tag list is unusable.

Using Google Reader as a feed aggregator

This is all now useless. Perhaps I’ll delete it one day.

The first URL is a google reader URL, and the second is the XML file and will be rendered by your browser

To construct a google feed address, prepend the feed address with the following string,

To interpret the address above, %2F is the html visible code for /, %3A is : %3D is = and %3F is ?

LLTD on Linux

It seems this is possible, and would be useful for work where all the laptops are Vista machines.

Links

There’s not that much on the web, and I’d have thought there was an Ubuntu package, but I can’t find it.

I ran the make and got this error,

../src/state.c: In function 'state_process_packet':
../src/state.c:177: error: 'UINT_MAX' undeclared (first use in this function)
../src/state.c:177: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
../src/state.c:177: error: for each function it appears in.)
make: *** [state.o] Error 1

There is one thread on the ‘net, at howtoforge forums, but the advice is incomplete. I returned to the howto forge page and studied the comments. They advice linking the bourne and bash shells and addding an include line in state.c. It now compiles but does not behave as I expect, or as documented in Microsofts guide.

I created a short URL for the howto tutorial because I took the script from there. http://is.gd/5rhUK

I have used the package manager to download and install samba and its documentation. The Ubuntu page documenting Samba is here…, and with both LLTD and with smbd & nmbd running, the Vista boxes can browse the shared area. (Do I need LLTD? It seems not, I restarted the lltd daemon and it failed to open some resource. I need to document it. )

Meta

This was copied across in June 2013. It probably died of relevance as Vista was replaced. It’s one of the things I looked into when trying to use a Vista laptop at work between 2009 and 2011.

If you have something to add, please do so.

Perils of Branwen (Downloads)

This is the downloads page. This page was last updated, prior to being copied over to wiki.daveley.info on 11 Nov 2009, I was sent the Russian Translation late in 2010, and posted it to davelevy.info in June 2012. I placed the Russian Translation on this page in June 2013, when I copied the page to this site. This version 3 i.e. snipsnap page was created on 30th December 2007 when I retired content relating to previous versions and also to any development plans. Continue reading “Perils of Branwen (Downloads)”

Brussels

I have and shall be was visiting Brussels on a regular basis. This page was copied accross from the v3 wiki in the early summer of 2013. I had stopped visiting Brussels for business in 2009, but on 4th August 2013, Starwood Hotels spammed me with notice of new and old hotels. I decided to revise the page. I have changed the tense in this paragraph, I put some linkrolls in for hotels and restaurants and links to the photos. Most of the what I say here is now getting dated.

EUCommissionHQ


More of my pictures are here….

About Hotels

Hotels in Brussels during the working week are expensive. I have at the moment a very long list of hotels on my del.icio.us tag list and on my google map. I am looking for an acceptably priced hotel near Rond Point Schuman, or on Metro Line 1 with internet access. The *** Hotels I have tried do not have either internet, nor mini bars, and while I am not desperate for booze during the night, it is nice to have some water.

My Brussels Map

This is the Google Map, I have focussed it on the Rond Point Schuman, in the European Quarter.



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Hotels

  • Sofitel; list prices are not cheap, but located on the Place Jourdain in the European Quarter, near the Berlaymont and Rond Point Schuman.
  • Carrefour d’Europe, a Best Western near the Gare Centrale. On metro route 1 and the train to Zaventem. I have never stayed here since its always full and I book late.
  • Le Meridien, a Starwood Group hotel, again near the Gare Centrale. Nice but pricey, often full if one books late.

More Hotels

  • Comfort Art Hotel Siru, well written about in the Rough Guide, which is right about the decoration, but has no internet, let alone broadband. (I only stayed there one night because if this, I was on business and this was unacceptable.) The mini bar was empty and a dispensing machine on the 6th floor was recommended. This had no water. It is above the Saint Germain Brasserie, which is nice, with good service. This is a 3* Hotel. The bathroom was huge and had a bath. Breakfast is served in the Brasserie. It is located on Place Rogier, so near the Gare du Nord and on Metro 2. Some might consider this hotel in an unnecessarily exciting and colourful part of town.
  • I should try the Hilton Brussels, while I have a gold card, its interestingly located on the edge of the old town near to “Louise” and the “European Quarter”. Its pinned on the Map above.
  • I stayed in the “NH City Centre” once, good restaurant, smallish but adequate room, broadband internet, great views from the room I had, the location needs exploring, and it wasn’t so well located for the business I had.

Restaurants

  • Check out the Rough Guide

Links

Things to do

  • You can visit the European Parliament building.
  • The pictures in the Musee des Belle Artes.
  • The awesome Grand Place
  • The Winterfest in St. Catherine’s.

NWN Henchmen

While playing the official campaign I got fed up with the henchman’s poor behaviour in combat and started to research what can be done. I started a thread at rpgdungeon.net which discusses improving henchpersons. I write a bit about henchmen in my NWN Playing a Paladin article, which was my first, but for the later games, it’s mainly here.  Also Wikipedia has a very comprehensive article on the henchmen. This page talks about the AI mods, Sharwyn, , Mischa Waymeet & Dorna Trapspringer and the last battle in the Official/Original Campaign. Continue reading “NWN Henchmen”