Archive for the 'Syndication' Category

Subscribe to Youtube videos and download them to your iPod or iPhone automatically

Monday, January 19th, 2009

More and more Youtube videos become downloadable as MP4 video (instead of just flash) – and even more already are "behind the scenes" but at at a hidden url.  This makes it easy to subscribe to Youtube podcasts/vodcasts to get the mp4 files to your video player – just follow these steps:


Hosted screenscraping: HTML to RSS with Dapper

Monday, May 14th, 2007

There are several screen-scraping services out there, but Dapper is one that’s both versatile and visual. With a bit of trial and error, everyone can transform html web pages (or more precisely: changes in web pages) into email notifications, a startpage widget, RSS or another syndication format. Take this example: (more…)

Newspapers demanding Google cache removal being zapped from index alltogether

Monday, September 18th, 2006

The newspapers that asked and obtained in court their removal from Google Cache and Google News  respectively, have been erased from the Google result pages alltogether (Le Soir, La Libre…).  That is… on the Belgian version: (more…)

Belgian court ruling on Google News both confusing and a dangerous precedent

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

A court in Brussels has ordered on September 5th that Google remove all news stories from the French and German-language Belgian publishers*.  “Removing” means: both from Google News, as well as from the Google cache of the regular search search engine.  The verdict is confusing because it mixes up aspects of the regular search engine and the portal, both in its analysis and its ruling.  And it is a dangerous precedent, because it assumes search engines should explicitly ask permission to to index and cache content. (more…)

More Direct link versions of Digg Feeds

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I’ve updated my list of direct link feeds for Digg.  Note: I used this WordPress plugin that inserts a “Digg this” button automatically as soon as your story gets dug (and you get an incoming referral click). 
If you’re a Digg fan, you might also want to check these 2 Digg tools collections and the Digg blog:

Legal aspects of screen scraping

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Is it fair use to extract images and their captions from an online newspaper and republish it? Some considerations that come into play: (more…)

Zaza Cartoons RSS feed (screenscraped from

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Cartoon RSS feeds help to keep up to date with current affairs – and let you smile at the same time.
I’m a fan of the Dutch Fokke and Sukke, a daily cartoon in NRC Handelsblad. They don’t have a feed but somebody called Jarno Peschier at scripted this unofficial feed. It has 290 Bloglines subscribers, I assume that the total number of subscribers (Bloglines having about 1/3d of the market) hovers around one thousand. So I decided to screenscrape De Standaard and script an RSS feed for their daily Zaza cartoon* (more…)

RSS link discovery bookmarklet

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Browsers with feed-reading capabilities like IE7 and Firefox indicate the presence of an RSS feed on a site by having an icon flash in the toolbar: (more…)

Direct-link versions of Digg feeds

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

If you want to follow the top links on Digg via RSS, you’ll notice that the RSS feeds do not contain these top links, but point to pages on Digg itself. Which is fine if “Digging” (= one-click tagging*) and commenting is your priority before reading the linked stories. (more…)

Linklogs talk, mind map and Wikipedia article stub

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

I presented some thoughts on in one of the presentations at a Brussels Blog Dinner last Friday. I used Freemind, an open source tool to prepare.  Basically, a mindmap is nothing more than a visual presentation of an outline, but it does help to be able to reshuffle your thoughts in a visual way.  Freemind is visually less attractive than commercial tools, but has an open file format and several export options.  See for example my “Linklogs Mind Map”: (more…)

Top sources of links

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Nivi suggested using the top sources of your links, in order to clean up your feedreader and throw out feeds you don’t find worthwile to bookmark links from anyway. It created some discussion on whether this was feasible/ethical/practical to build this as a service only requiring the (public) username (meaning you could probe any other user’s “attention stream”) (more…)