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I saw that Movable Type generates RSS files right out of the box. So I thought I'll give it a link. I'll trust that it works the way it's supposed to for the time being as I don't know much about the RSS stuff myself. It looks all right in NetNewsWire Lite, though. If anybody is actually reading this, let me know whether it actually works.

Could all this aggregator stuff be the next big thing? I'm not sure. On the one hand, I'd give it an immediate thumbs up as I like having a uniform interface for all the news I'm interested in, not having to struggle with the different ideas of layouts etc - very efficient. Of course you'll have to do without all those swish web-site layouts but the trade off seems to be a reasonable one.

The other hand isn't mine and I guess it will be all for a thumbs down - being comprised of business interests. After all, aggregators give more power to the user, empowering him (or her) to read the news the way he's most comfortable with, without being forced into certain reading patterns that are governed by ad-selling or 'web-designer'-vanity and -incompetence. In RSS-land content is king.

On yet another hand, if sites refuse to provide an aggregator feed, how long will it take some Perl whizz-kid to come up with a little script that converts a page to a feed? Little, I guess. And as more official web-convenience tools such as Sherlock or Watson have proved to be very popular, I see demand for this. So, there could be war for aggregator feeds - but we will win: Ironically this is just reversing the situation in Apple's famous 1984 ad. Just drop a few lines of the text and you'll get:

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. [...] Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. [...] Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

Um, now I wrote an entry called RSS, I am apparently using it but I still don't know what it's the acronym for. And I'm too lazy to look it up now. The joy of technology.

November 20, 2002, 0:18

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