Archive for September, 2005

The wilds of wicklow

Posted on September 29, 2005, under general, photography, Uncategorized.

Cormac, Rachel, Donal and Me - in Wicklow

The photos from Wicklow were all pooled today, I liked this one especially, it was taken pretty near the end of it all, when the sun finally started shining.

I found out this week that I’ll be speaking at HEAnet’s National Networking Conference, so I’ll be there once again. I’m looking forward to hearing from Karlin Lillington. I also think it’s pretty cool that there will be at least 6 RedBrick members (bboyle, bootie, colmmacc, davew, elvis, singer) speaking.

Bloglines Vs Newsgator

Posted on September 28, 2005, under general.

A few weeks ago, Paul updated his entry in the Apache contributors section to note that he’s now working for Ask Jeeves’ bloglines and I decided to check it out, since anything Paul touches is generally cool.

I’ve never comprehended why anyone would use something like Thunderbird, Safari or whatever to aggregate rss feeds, as to my mind it’s vital that you be able to access it from anywhere. For a long time I’d been using NewsGator, but have been growing more and more dis-satisfied with its quirky interface and general slowness.

Bloglines on the other hand has been much better. I like its interface much more, especially the small little details like using the relevant favicon’s for the rss feeds in the listing and the great sign up procedure which lets you get things you would ordinary find hard to get – like a dilbert feed.

I have never once found it to be slow, It’s got notifiers working for a tonne of operating systems, and some great customisation features. And it even has things like an exportable blogroll, which I’ll integrate with this blog soon hopefully. About the only bad thing I can say about it is that it uses frames rather unneccessarily, but it’s a very minor nit.

Noirin has been using it for the last few days too, and even found a blog noone else is subscribed to, which is pretty impressive, and seems to like it, and she’s usually a better reviewer of these things than I.