Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Overfed

I've decided to attempt to use CO's Feedreader program to revisit my blog viewing. One hiccup was that the comments (why we're all doing this no matter what we tell ourselves) would not be reflected in the newness of the blog.

No longer! Add a second feed, I like naming it the same as the main blog + 'comments' so it is orderly in the window, that points to:

http://www.haloscan.com/members/rss.php?user=[haloscan username]

You will now be alerted to the last 10 comments in the blog.

See the right column for a link to mine.

For existing blogs for which you might not know the author's username (or people using gibberish to be difficult- HA!), if you click on a comment link that already has comments, then look in the existing comments for a line that looks like this:

poopy | Homepage | 09.05.05 - 5:43 pm | #

The pound sign contains the permanant link to that comment. It will look something like this:

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/[haloscan username]/112593442096818728/#180683

And, if you couldn't guess, the name/gibberish in the username area is the user name that you insert into the rss.php?= link.

I'm not actually reading the content in the Feedreader window, I'm really attempting to use it to alert me to changes so I know to go to the site to read the content. My "open in tabs" solution works better for a few, regularly updated sites. But as I add sites that also aren't updated as often it gets unwieldy and this scales better. I retain my hatred for it, but what can you do? I look forward to widening my exposure to time wasting.

Progress!

Signed,
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (II)

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