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Wednesday, 15 September 2004

Fun with RSS (if you like that sort of thing)

It's been a fairly rapid rush through work today, not helped much by my inexplicable (and premature) Christmassy feelings, which have perhaps been brought on by the earlier dusk and cool, dry air.

During brief breaks in the sift through a steadily growing pile of paperwork, I've managed to secure 'Barry', my beloved aloe vera plant, and his offspring ('Helen' and 'Daventry') in his pot - when I removed the first of his children ('Allegra'), I didn't put enough topsoil back on, so he kept flopping over, and ended up needing to be supported by a pencil. He has pride of place on a nearby windowsill - as you can (hopefully) see.

Barry on the window sill

I've also finally worked out what an "RSS Feed" is. Apparently, both my main website and this blog (though it needs a little tidying up) have one, as do many of the websites I frequent.

BBC News has the clearest explanation, and, inspired by this, I downloaded a copy of awasu and have managed to display all of the 'front page' content of BBC News, Wired, Digital Spy and a bunch of my favourite blogs in one place. Because it goes and gets the information, and, when a new item appears, a little message pops up to tell me, I don't have to go looking for things.

It reminds me a little of AvantGo but simpler, and with much more 'free' content. AvantGo tends to work better off-line, though - the two are very different.

Well, another day off (how quickly they come round!) followed by the last Friday of work before my holiday (yay!)

Oh - my web server died this lunchtime, complaining of

Sep 15 13:15:52 plinth kernel: Out of Memory: Killed process 11344 (mysqld).
and many other nasty things. After switching it off and on again, then removing yet another unnecessary scheduled task (MRTG - a network traffic graph tool) which ran shortly before the hiatus, it's been OK since.

While I checked my logs, though, I noticed that there are occasional attempts to hack into my server using ssh. Some people clearly don't have enough to do.

Posted by james at September 15, 2004 10:25 PM

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