Archive for the 'feeds and syndication' Category

What happens if I push this button?

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Fixing my problem with DreamHost thinking I use too much CPU by over-syndicating myself and pulling in more traffic isn’t likely to work out very well. Better to cut off the feed abusers.

Feedster Top 500: well, that’s some better I guess

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I would not pay attention to any list of top weblogs that would have me as a listee.

RSS, SSE, let’s call the whole thing off

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Why yes, it is Everybody Gets Skewered Day. Just like every day, Skippy. Maybe I’ll make “carping” my default category. Microsoft announced their RSS-SSE-WTF? extension this morning. I was going to go over it in depth, paying special attention to the fact that this is the third time in a row that they’ve embraced and […]

No, ask what Bloglines can do to you

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Bloglines fails to remove event handling attributes from feed items, leaving you vulnerable to any sort of attack, and apparently doesn’t care in the least. In my opinion, that makes them unusable.

Keeping your eye on the correct walnut

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Talking about well-formedness is fine, except when you are talking about a part of the process of acquiring an XML document, parsing it, and presenting the results, where well-formedness either doesn’t apply, or doesn’t apply in the way you say it does.

The checkered history of @rel

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

If you want to argue that HTML rel attributes, especially rel=”alternate”, have some particular and precise meaning, first you have to hand-wave away pretty much their entire history, and most of the spec.

A digital identity non-epiphany

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Using OpenID to authenticate that you’re the person who controls a particular URL seems to make sense, right up until that URL asserts that you are the person who did something elsewhere.

Empire of (white on orange) XML

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

XML is a lousy proxy for “automatic feed of new content,” and the things that people do in foreign languages are lousy proxies for what they do in their own language.

Cuddling up to rss/item/link

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Microsoft’s follows their Simple List Extensions down the same bad path of changing the meaning of existing RSS elements, rather than creating a new element in their own namespace. Once was definately just a mistake. What is twice?

Google News feeds: meh

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Finally, and not terribly well, Google News has feeds.