Exporting ello.co

ello export a feed as JSON, here’s its name structure http://ello.co/username.json but you need to be logged in, god knows why; if not the file returns a version of the profile data. This post thus deals mainly with how to automate ello’s login, the problem of converting the JSON to XML is dealt with on a post of the same name. This post morphed into a generic web login via scripts.

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New RSS/XML tools

AS the big boy’s look to enclose our content, the architecture I articulated in Are Blogs losing their influence has been broken, badly. I originally used Friendfeed & mingle as my aggregators but it’s a bit tricky

I have documented IFTT  on this wiki and Feedly on my blog, they ahve led me to the following potential sites that might help me repair it.

See also Feed Aggregation, paper.li and storify, and Dave Winers, tabs

iF THIS THEN THAT

The site, “If this then that” offers trigger actions as a web service.

I have today, just created a trigger that takes my blog feed and posts it to facebook. Obviously I need to test it.

It works with recipes and channels. Recipes are the “if this then that” relationship, and channels define the this and that. It has a long list of pre-canned channels and recipes, but sadly NOT an output RSS/XML channel.

How to write one? (it looks like writing channels is only done inside the corporate firewall.)

I looked again the the channels and recipes and disovered,

  • feedly to delicious
  • …. to wordpress

and I must have another look at pocket

I have implemented a feedly to delicious recipe. It’s not fantastic, since it has no tags to inherit, aggravated by the fact that the android client makes it hard to add tags.

 

Feed Aggregation, paper.li and storify

I am considering a revamp of my web site. I am planning to rely more on dynamic content mainly hosted in this wiki and on the blog. One item of research is how to present my bookmarks and microblog articles. I thought I was interested in paper.li vs stori.fy. Here is

Snipsnap to WordPress

I plan to look at moving my snipsnap bliki to wordpress, i.e, here. This snip was originally placed on that site. I have transferred it for one reason because it contains xml tags which xslt has problems dealing with. This article consists of my notes made while designing a transfer mechanism.

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Implementing an XML feed viewer in HTML

Viewing an XML feed via an HTML browser

I decided to have another go as I was looking to consume some planet feeds on a static web page. I found Display Your Feed on a Static HTML Page Using FeedBurner’s BuzzBoost using Google and this points at Feedburner’s Buzzboost, which is part of their feed publicity toolset. Continue reading “Implementing an XML feed viewer in HTML”

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 ?

Extending Snipsnap (superceded)

This article, which was originally about how to extend snipsnap & was copied across from the snipsnap bliki on 20th June 2013, I gave up on Snipsnap later in the year, and the project has been abandoned by its authors. This content is thus pretty much superseded and the title but not the link has changed to reflect this.. There has been some minimal reformatting undertaken. There are two idioms used which are snipsnap specific; they have been left as originally published and are now a nonsense. Other things will read oddly as I did not pursue my plans. Embedding Disqus broke the backup utility, or more accurately broke the restore. Continue reading “Extending Snipsnap (superceded)”

RSS Auto Discovery

I need to do this for the various RSS feeds I create.

How?

Isn’t google wonderful? See Peter Freitag’s article on his blog. Peter refers to browsers displaying the RSS feed address behind a button, this went out of fashion

Roller

Dave Johnson writes about it at this article on his blog

and Matt Montgomery of sun pointed me at this macro for Roller

#showAutodiscoveryLinks($model.weblog)

Meta

I copied this across on 18th July 2013, it’s been a long time since I looked at this, and the disappearance from the browser url text box is an annoyance, wonder if user styles could compensate. Wonder why it went away.

Example

The blog documents the RSS autodiscovery LINK meta tag and I repeat it here.

		
? <link title="wiki.davelevy.info » Feed" href="http://wiki.davelevy.info/feed/" 
        rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" />

 

XML Paper System (XPS)

XML Paper System

I have a new laptop and have been configuring the additional tools and applications required to make it do a job of work. At the moment, I have no .pdf print driver yet and needed to save a web resource. I have Windows Vista 64 as my host OS and shall be running virtual box 32 bit guests. I was offered the fax driver, and the Microsoft XPS driver. I thought that PS would be some derivation of postscript, but it seems not.

I had discovered ixquick earlier in the morning, a privacy respecting search engine, and queried it using the search string “what application reads an .xps file”. XPS stands for XML Paper Specification and the Microsoft page hosting the application is fairly easy to find,

What is not clear is that this page is .net 3.0 and Vista ships with 3.5 and with the reader turned on. Attempting to install the reader again issues some odd error message about the windows feature switches. Reading the Microsoft page more clearly makes it clear that the viewer is installed in Vista, as does the association on the .xps suffix with an icon. The download should not be installed on a Vista machine.

makes clear that .xps docs can only be read using IE, although they document how to enable this for Firefox, it is an odd but interesting additional example about how IE is bound to the OS. In this particular example, I could have avoided all this ache by using the “Save Page as…” option.It seems I may need to revert to my more old fashion print solutions i.e. binding a postscript print driver to the FILE: port, or getting/buying a .pdf driver.