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My own online feed reader

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I use different computers to read my RSS feeds (at least one PC and two laptops …) – sometimes I want to read them also if I’m surfing with someone other’s computer. Thus a desktop reader like akregator or liferea, or a browser plugin is definitely not what I need. Additionally, I have different feeds (e.g. Spiegel Online) which only put 20 entries in their feed, but produce about 100 entries per day. Hence, if you use a desktop reader which is not connected 24 hours a day (none of my computers is), you’ll definitely miss entries.

Result: Something web based, running all day long and being accessible from everywhere. There are lots of sites offering this service: Bloglines and Google Reader being the best known ones – or Alesti, which I used to use. But Alesti often had technical issues and lacked several features (“searching” being the most important one). And I was not able to find a good replacement (I try to not use Google services at all). So for quite some time now, I looked for something, which I can put on my own webspace.

And finally — someone pointed me to Tiny Tiny RSS. Et voilĂ : I managed to install and configure it – and it runs :). I had several issues to make it update the feeds though: This is managed by a cron job, but – as I own a small old-school webspace only – I can’t start my own services or mess around with cron directly, but have to rely on what Confixx offers. But well … it works now, and I am happy.

So … the title of this post could have also been: Goodbye Alesti

Hope I can stick with my current solution :).


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May 14, 2009 at 23:32

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Firefox Directory in RAM

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So I’ve read Nikos’ post about putting the mozilla stuff into RAM to speed up Firefox. But the script he posted is not really suited for Gentoo. So I thought to use it and pour it into a Gentoo-Init-Script. Using it results in quite a good speed-up – especially as FF used to block when another process makes heavy use of the HDD.

You can find the script and its config file in a git repository at github. Just branch (or download directly) and put the files in the correct directories.

Note: Works only with OpenRC and not with the old baselayout-1.

Note: If you computer does not shutdown properly, all changes you made during your browsing session are lost.

Note: Only use this script, if you have sufficient free RAM, as firefox profiles can be quite large (>100MB). One point to reduce the size is to delete the urlclassifier3.sqlite (which can be about 50MB) and is only used for the phishing protection (i.e. ask google for each site you are visiting :/). See for example this post about the details (or use $SEARCH_ENGINE).

A further idea would be to have an inotify-task, which looks for the lock file in the firefox dir. If it is removed (i.e. firefox is closed), it could to a sync.

/edit[2011-03-04]: Moved from bzr to git.

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May 8, 2009 at 10:21

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Pumping Lemma

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Lemma Lemma Lemma …

(hi prof schwinn :))

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May 4, 2009 at 23:45

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