Monthly Archives: February 2003

Slight fix for AD template

Christian Bogen noticed that my modified template for AmphetaDesk exhibited a strange problem with Apple’s new Safari browser. It looks like I missed closing a named anchor tag which caused Safari to display things in a strange manner. This is clearly a bug in my HTML output, but it seems that most (or all) other browsers simply ignored the problem. I’ve updated the template with the correction.

RSS-to-Email Aggregation

Bryce Yehl is looking for a “generic RSS-to-Email aggregator that can work with my IMAP back-end.” I’ve been using my AmphetaMailer setup for about five months now and it’s working well for me.

Basically, I modified AmphetaDesk to send results out via e-mail and to keep track of items already sent so that you only see them once. I run this three times a day from a server at home and I can read the headlines at my leisure from wherever I am. Another nice benefit is being able to catch up on everything I’ve missed when I take a (real) vacation.

My AmphetaMailer source can be found here: http://www.cantoni.org/software/AmphetaDesk.html#AmphetaMailer. Actually, viewing this page again reminds me that I need to roll it into my new MT setup so that the styles look the same.

My First Comments: Spam

I’ve had comments enabled for this site ever since I moved to Movable Type. Over the past couple of days I got my first comments, but they were spam. Bummer. Comments are now turned off for all entries — if someone wants to reach me, e-mail is the best way.

CNET Radio Off The Air

CNET Networks Expands Digital Audio Programming; Ends CNET Radio AM 910. Driving to work today I tuned to 910 and instead of CNET Radio there was some political talk show. Obviously I haven’t listened for a couple of weeks since they terminated the radio station on January 31.

If you read through their press release, they really promote the benefits of having digital audio content available through their website. I’m sure the costs of running CNET Radio become prohibitive, but it’s unfortunate to see this tech radio station go away. It wasn’t perfect, but it was unique.

Four additional considerations led to this change in strategy:
– Media consumption has shifted to the Internet, particularly for technology professionals and enthusiasts, and is therefore is the best platform to deliver CNET Networks’ audio content.
– Digital audio puts news-gathering control in users’ hands, enabling them to listen to programs when they want to, versus relying on a radio broadcast schedule.
– As reported for months on CNET Networks’ Web sites, and most recently at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), personal technology devices have achieved broad adoption, enabling access to digital audio anytime, anywhere.
– Underscoring all of these points, hundreds of CNET Radio 910 AM listeners have requested the station’s content for download on digital devices.

I might listen to an occasional audio feed directly from their site, and I might try to download it (maybe in MP3 format?) and bring it with me, but none of these will be as easy as tuning in to 910 during drive time.