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Platforms Are The New Portals

I. Couldn’t. Agree. More.

We don’t live in a tube. We cease to beΒ  entertained by them. Yet they say the most popular is Yours.

The Well-Formed Web?


With well formed data, there’s no reason why not. πŸ˜‰

Now, can we please work out the right way to *do* OPML please?

Basically:

If you want to point to a WEBSITE: use type=link and url=http://your.web.site.com

If you want to point to an RSS feed use type=rss and xmlUrl=htt://www.your.rss.feed.com/rss.xml

If you want to point to MORE OPML use type=include and url=http://www.you.opml.file.com/hoopla.opml

OK. So, you could argue that there might be better ways of doing/specifying it.
And what about htmlUrl, opmlUrl, atomUrl, foafUrl, rdfUrl, type=rdf, type=atom, type=application/pdf or whatever… I don’t know. Just DOCUMENT how you do it.

But what I do know is the sooner we agree and what is the right way to ‘do it’ – the better. πŸ˜€

IMHO.

Hey! Is my OPML Icon out of date?? :p

Podshow redirecting?

Hmm.. All my web requests to anything dot podshow.com are being redirected to btpodshow.com

I know they have just done a deal with BT. But hiking the stats like that is a bit rum.

Is this just a UK thing BT are forcing them to do with IP address blocks (as the BBC do). If you are outside the UK, what happens when you try?

Also, I wish they’d fix up the OPML over on podcastalley. OPML lists of RSS feeds should have entries which are type=rss and the feed url is set to the xmlURL=Β  attribute πŸ™‚

Expect to see some new OPML tools to manage lots of folders full of feeds in the very near future at podcast.com ;p

An A-Z of Podcasts

If you head on over to index.podcast.com , you will find a browsable A to Z index of all the podcasts in the podcast.com system.

Soon, you’ll be able to easily add feeds from this or the search (or anywhere!) to your own podcast directory and share the shows you like to listen to and organise them into feed folders, all with lovely OPML for you to build nice widgets out of πŸ˜‰ – and we will to!

Dave’s Hiring

Looks like Dave needs a developer.

I do alot of what he needs, but a) I’m busy at podcast.com b) I’m in the UK and c) I’m probably not the ‘professional type’ he wants. :p Heh. Maybe you are?
I’m glad it sounds like Dave is getting back into (publicly saying that he is) developing *something* – as the theme of posts recently haven’t been as interesting as usual for me. Sounds like he’s getting back in to one of his ‘modes’ of operation. That’s usually good news for us all.

Alot of people think I don’t like Dave anymore. That’s just not true. On the contrary – I miss him and all the funny, innovative and insightful conversations we used to have a while ago, into the wee hours here in the UK. He knows what it’s like to sit home alone all day and night coding too πŸ™‚

Judging by the recent issues he’s had with computers, I imagine he’s not in Second Life. This would be a shame, as we could meet up there – virtually – and if I did anything wrong, he could bop me on the noggin with a cartoon anvil, if he wanted. Who knows – it might be cathartic. Heheh.

He could also have a looksie at the blogHUD – there’s alot going to happen with that which I just know would float his skybox πŸ™‚

Nokia N91 as a mobile podcatcher

Recently, I have been playing with the Nokia N91 – with Wifi built-in and a 4gb hard disk on board too – to test some podcast stuff I have been building. I have to say I really like it – especially as they let me plug standard headphones into the jack.

They have a neat little podcasting application on there by default, which makes it very easy to enter an OPML file url (or locally open one from the handset) for a podcast directory, or an RSS for a direct podcast subscription. I’ll do a full report on this soon.

But one very odd thing I found is that while the handset has no problems whatsoever in playing an AAC+ (.m4a) file which I copied over on the device, when I try to subscribe it to an RSS feed with .m4a audio enclosures ( audio/x-m4a ) the application tells me that the device will not play this format.

Ermm…hello??

Also, a quick note to say that this app is apparently called ‘mPodder‘ in the apps folder of the device. Hmmmm…

blogHUD OPML now available!

You can now find an OPML file containing all the urls to blogHUD user homepages, places visited by blogHUD users and all the RSS feeds associated with each of those.

An OPML file is a simple data format which many news feed readers can import as a directory or folder to keep subscriptions and feeds organised. It is commonly used to import and export lists of RSS feeds.

Here is the url to the OPML : http://bloghud.com/opml/

You will see in the data that there are two folders. blogHUD people and blogHUD places. These contain entries for each with an htmlUrl attribute and an xmlUrl attribute. These are the urls to the website link and the RSS feed link respectively.

I know some people are probably reading this thinking ‘wha….???’ – but I know that some people will read this and go ‘YAY!’ πŸ˜‰

See ya later aggregator! Koz
posted by Koz Farina on Hwaegi using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Yay! Validated by C-NET News!

Ha! Wow! Just as I was looking for a bunch of RSS feeds from C-NET to play with, I came across their page listing their feeds and saw they were also linking to an OPML feed of feeds too! The ‘validated’ button they’re using is one I created at Dave’s request, a while ago, when he knocked together the validator (beta) for OPML.org!

Heheh! Kewl.

PS: Attn CNET – there’s an error in your OPML – so, it’s not quite ‘valid’ πŸ˜‰ You have an ‘xmlUrl’ pointing to a web page for downloads.com – tsk tsk – naughty naughty πŸ˜‰ If you want to point to a website, use ‘htmlUrl’, Thanks. The validator doesn’t go to check to see if your ‘xmlUrl’ is indeed an XML file.

Official Second Life blog picks up RSS NewsScreens and blogHUD!

So, there I was last night,hanging around on the ‘RSS Platform’ in Nooribeom, watching the fearsome news of the ‘Real World’ fly by, when none other than Hamlet Au, the ’embedded journalist’ in Second Life (though not at Linden Lab any more) on New World Notes dropped by to check out the BBC NewsScreens I set up here. There’s a CNN one nearby too, by the way – next to the ‘River of News’ πŸ™‚ The screens read a list of feeds and loop through them, 10 stories at a time.
The good thing about the BBC News ones are the feed content has specific limits in the text entries. I happen to know that this is due to the journalists having to write stories which can run across many platforms. They have strict limits to the amount of characters for the headline and description text. This increases their value. On platforms with different text and size/resolution constraints, Flash is excellent at dealing with this, as you can embed fonts and that it is a ‘vector-based’ format, meaning you can stretch it any way you like and you will not lose resolution. At any size, if you do it right.

Second Life and the LSL scripting language presents many opportunities for an old skool web hack createc like myself. I frequently tell people that SL makes me feel as excited as I did when I first saw the web over 10 years ago. πŸ˜‰ And no, it wasn’t for all the adult content (though be aware that most technology developed for the adult industry ends up revolutionising the mainstream in some way) it was for the ability to communicate with other people all around the world. Connect them. Network with them. And even meet them sometimes. (I’m still great friends with a couple in New Jersey who were the first people I met through the internet 12 years ago, through a mutual appreciation of the band ‘The Stone Roses‘. I met my partner online too. 8 years ago!)

With easy tools to publish content, media, whatever you want to call it, along with easy ways do consume, organise, filter and rate it it, there you have it. Bingo moment. Democratisation of media. Open mashable consumption by an constantly evolving , iterative audience.

I heart feeds. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Dave.

Want to build an ‘OPML Tree’?

Podcast.com Upgrade

Well, after ages of thinking and and coding, I have managed to do a huge overhaul of the podcast.com code, mainly in the directory / feed folder rendering department.

Ever since I built the first rendition of the renderer. I knew I’d have to rethink it somewhat, to cope with many, many users without losing the very cool functionality that I have put in there (for good reason).

Now you will find that the site loads ALOT faster. A quick peek at the OPML for each folder (see the red opml icons – which may change – when you open a feed folder) will show you that we use inclusion at every level now. This helps the whole system to scale.

Also, this means that one user can now link easily to another user’s folder without breaking the ‘tree’. It works with internally generated and managed ‘feed folders’ (creating OPML) as well as external OPML.

When you view a feed, you will also notice with added a link to show ‘where’ this feed appears in our users’ folder structures. (OK.. not so many users as yet, but we hope to add to them by the end of October) Also, you’ll see a button to show single-click subscription methods will a list of chicklets.

Another cool thing you should see is that EVERY folder has a permalink url – also with some links to add to del.icio.us or digg

We want the data here to work EVERYWHERE. We have an opportunity to work with EVERYONE.

We love you guys. Now I gotta do me a podcast! πŸ™‚


Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at podcast.com for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.



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