Thu, 27 Mar 2003

Using a newsreader as a... newsreader

I mean, using a Usenet newsreader as an RSS feed reader. This isn't the first time I've heard about someone playing with the idea of integrating RSS feeds into a Usenet framework, but this is the easiest to use implementation I've seen so far. nntp//rss (version 0.3) is a java application, so it runs on pretty much everything. It presents a standard-looking NNTP interface on port 119, so (theoretically) you should be able to read your favorite RSS feeds in any minimally compliant Usenet newsreader. This is the sort of thing that really appeals to fossils like me who've been reading Usenet forever. Though there are lots of specialty features a good dedicated RSS reader can offer that some of these old fossil apps aren't going to support, but the sort of people who have been reading Usenet for years have their own workflows that something like this can integrate with.

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The Magic Word:
Which planet is closest to the sun? (hint -- it's Mercury...)

You know you’re in trouble when…
(1) You’ve been at work for an hour before you notice that your
skirt is caught in your pantyhose.
Especially if you’re a man.
(2) Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife.
(3) Your income tax check bounces.
(4) You put both contact lenses in the same eye.
(5) Your wife says, “Good morning, Bill” and your name is George.
(6) You wake up to the soothing sound of flowing water… the day
after you bought a waterbed.
(7) You go on your honeymoon to a remote little hotel and the desk
clerk, bell hop, and manager have a “Welcome Back” party
for your spouse.