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Amazon Wishlist Widget
My Amazon Wishlist widget, AmzWish, displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. You can see AmzWish in action in the left-hand column of this blog, as well as in the right-hand column at the AmzWish home at order to use this widget you'll first want to determine the list id of the list you want to use and then generate the code to paste into your web page. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:49 AM

Top 10 most useful extensions to use in syndication feeds
In August, the Google Reader Blog posted a list of the most commonly used extensions in feeds. Here is my list of the top 10 most useful extensions for syndication: 10. iTunes This one really shouldn't even be on this list, but I include it because it did make a big splash when it was released. It also generated a lot of frustration and anger amoung podcast producers. The iTunes namespace extension was created to allow podcast feed producers to integrate their feeds with Apple's iTunes music player. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:26 PM

Feeds are APIs
Nick Bradbury, in his post Feed My Attention, says he views feeds as an "alert system" and that we should demand more feeds from the services we use. Nick is trying to make the point that feeds are for more than just blog reading, but he fails to make this point fully because he is restricting his ideas to typical feed reading applications like his own FeedDemon. Not only are feeds for more than just blog reading, but they're for more than just the simple "retrieve and display" feed readers of today ......

Posted On Monday, September 25, 2006 9:10 AM

"White and Nerdy" - hilarious!
Lyrics below...uh white and nerdy are you? Here are the lyrics I'm guilty of: My MySpace page is all totally pimped out I ain’t got a gat but I got a soldering gun Even made a homepage for my dog Only question I Ever thought was hard Was do I like Kirk Or do I like Picard ... actually no, Picard rules. White & Nerdy by Al Yankovic They see me mowin’ My front lawn I know they’re all thinking I’m so white and nerdy Think I’m just too white and nerdy Think ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 9:18 AM

Data feeds: Beyond blogging
Niall Kennedy wants to talk about data that can be delivered over syndication standards like RSS and Atom. His point is that feeds are not just for blogs. Niall points out a few examples of "data feeds" offered by Gmail, Netflix, and the US Geological Survey. I use the Netflix New Releases feed (although they offer many feeds, this is the only one I have subscribed to) in my own feedreader. The problem with the Netflix feeds is the same as the problem with other feeds that I've mentioned recently: ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 2:25 PM

Happy birthday to me!
My birthday is this weekend, and a friend of mine has a birthday tomorrow, and another friend has a birthday the day after that. One of them recently said this (and everyone who knows him doesn't need me to say his name - you just know that he is the only one would could say this): I plan to make sure everybody knows that I'm king for the day. Of all of the holidays, I like birthdays the best, because they're a time for celebration and presents, but really nobody else gets to share in the glory. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:08 AM
I run an old DotNetNuke 2.11 website that uses the NTForums module from Active Modules, Inc. NTForums is actually outdated and the current product has be rebranded as Active Forums. Active Forums supports DNN 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.0, and 4.3. The only reason I haven't installed the upgrade yet is that I keep having trouble with the DNN upgrade itself (not the module upgrade). Last night I had some trouble with a sql injection (fun times!). Luckily, the injected script was basically harmless, just annoying. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 5:45 PM

Another example of creating a mashup with RSSBus with just a little bit of code: FeedMapper. Lots of services let you plot individual items on maps. Some even let you plot multiple items on maps. But I don't know of any that let you plot any feed (with georss data, that is) on a map. Taking advantage of feeds with georss data in them, FeedMapper will plot events contained within the feed on a Virtual Earth, Google Earth, or Yahoo map (Yahoo mapping only works in Firefox). Update: Where's Tim lets ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 9:47 AM

Easy API creation
There is all kinda of data that I wish were made available through some API, such as the congressional voting data that I mentioned previously. There are lots of businesses and organizations that have data, but not necessarily the resources to create an API. This is another great use of RSSBus. You can create RSSBus scripts that can take advantage of things like SqlOps and OracleOps, ExcelOps, CcOps, QbOps, FileOps, S3Ops, etc. Through these scripts you can expose an API for your data that is stored ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 7:18 AM

Raleigh beats Silicon Valley but can't get any roads
I heard on the news yesterday that they the "western wake" portion of 540 is no longer even on the state of North Carolina's proposed funding list because of budget constraints. -_- Help me with this math: Raleigh-Durham ranked nations #1 technology center (yes, even better than that Silicon Valley money pit) + Raleigh gets top honors in tons of other rankings as well. + Holly Springs/FuQuay-Varina/Apex/... all towns in western Wake County, are the fastest growing towns in the area. = Western Wake ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 9:04 AM

Todays 5k

My unofficial time for this morning's 5k: 28:08. I was on track for a much better finish, but the long hills on the last leg of the race really killed me! Ah well, next time! There are some 10k's coming up that I am tempted to try, but I'm not sure if I can finish one of those without some walking time, especially if there are hills.

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 9:00 AM

VoteSmart API
In a recent post, I commented how it would be awesome if there was an API for the United States Congress. I spoke to Lisa Coligan, National Director at Project Vote Smart, and asked her if they had any plans for an open API. Somewhat surprisingly, her answer was yes! Lisa says that does "not currently have API but we're planning to in the future. We won't have it in time for 2006 elections but we hope to have it up and in place well before the 2008 elections." Now that would be really ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 4:10 PM

8 mashup creation tools
Dion Hinchcliffe, who blogs about "Enterprise Web 2.0", described a set of 8 interesting and promising mashup tools. Included amoung them is RSSBus. Maybe the US Senate and House will take advantage of one of these (yeah, right, like they would do something for the people). Technorati : atom, mashup, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 7:28 AM

What is the deal with Bloglines?
Bloglines is arguably one of the best feed aggregators available. Good reputation. Upcoming new beta (where's my invite?). Excellent speed and reliability. But many times do I have to comment on how odd it is that such an application has no RSS feed? So I noticed today that they DO have an RSS feed now - in fact they have several. Even better - they've started using the link tag in their webpages to tell browsers about their feeds. Woohoo! Somebody gets an A in catch-up-to-the-rest-of-us ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 12:43 PM

Salesforce to Google, Google to Salesforce
The GoogleToSalesforce and SalesforceToGoogle RSSBus scripts can now be downloaded from the RSSBus blog. Note that limits access to their API to Enterprise Edition or Unlimited Edition customers only. Yes, you can access it with a Developer Edition account as well, but of course with that you can only have a small number of users and a small amount of storage. Technorati : atom, google calendar, rss, rssbus, ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 10:40 AM

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