My last few days in the office have been spent ‘lobbying’ for using newsfeeds as a supplement to our website. I feel both public and private sectors in Singapore have been slow to make use of XML to disseminate information, preferring to use e-mails and more traditional forms of media for promotions and updates. And let’s not even get into PodCasting yet!
Since I’ve been at it, I thought a list of my favourite feed pages would be handy.
- BBC newsfeeds
- The Guardian feeds
- Newsblog feed
- Podcast page (not very professional-sounding recordings! Even I can do better)
- The Times feeds
- CNN newsfeeds
- New York Times feeds
- BusinessWeek newsfeeds
- Reuters feeds
- Yahoo! news (you can add them to My Yahoo! page as well). What I like about Yahoo’s services is that you can also create RSS feeds on specific subject matter. It’s quite flexible and handy.
- Gizmodo (direct XML link)
- New Scientist feeds
- I just discovered Podcasting.net which has lots of feeds for everything under the sun. Of course, there’s also Apple iTunes 4.9’s Podcasting directory.
Feel free to contribute more of your favourite news feeds and directories.
For local readers:
- Straits Times newsfeeds. You may need to log in as a subscriber to access the full list. However I think the XML files themselves are free. Let me know if you can’t get in, and I’ll post the direct links to the XML files. (Anyway, SPH should give the feeds for free, so that readers will feel like subscribing for the full stories!)
- Business Times newsfeeds No problems accessing this directory, even though I’m not a subscriber.
For online aggregators, I use primarily Kinja, although my account’s been neglected for a while. I might use it more now, with my O2 Mini as it’s cheaper to access all my news and blogs on one page, rather than going to multiple websites. (BTW if you add my feed on Kinja, you will see an Avatar of my own face.)
For my PCs, I recommend FeedDemon (free trial available). For Macs, I use NetNewsWire Lite (free trial for the full version, available). I suppose Tiger users would have tried out the new features in Safari by now. How do they compare with the specialised feed readers?
Safari cannnot compare to a dedicated reader yet. Its too painful to use. I also reccomend Thunderbird to pc-using friends.
er, just wondering from an IT idiot perspective, does my using bloglines qualify as getting in on the act?
Dear my friend, When I saw your post in newsgator forum. I feel the same.
We consumer need to show some point. Not just simply let those corporations does whatever they want. They have the captial, They can buy feeddmon. For me it’s like I bought feeddemon I bought the house and I own the house. I am the landlord. Suddently after newsgator bought the house, feeddemon goes activated by paid newsgator online account instead of the key number I bought. I became a tenant not a landlord in my own house–feeddemon. Cause the upgrade policy is that I can have all the feeddemon minor upgrade untill 2.0 version. Now, everytime I reinstall feeddemon I need a paid-online newsgator account to activate it. It’s a monthly bill also.
Hi my friend,I want to tell you something about nick’s promising is a lie:
feeddemon won’t work after your subscribtion runs out.
To prove this point, I already did a experiment. I used my credit card to updgrade my account to business standard. Then I installd feeddemon 1.6beta fine when I activated it with my business standard account.
Then I canceled my subscribition in the trail period, tried to reinstall my whole system including windows and feeddemon 1.6beta. Again feeddemon needed me to put my account to active it. But this time it wasn’t activated. Cause my account wasn’t a paid account anymore.
So nick is lieing about once you own feeddemon, you own it forever.
If you don’t reinstall your windows, off course feeddemon will be fine even after your subscription runs out. But who can guarantee you won’t need to reinstall your windows. For exemple, you system is scrwed up by virus and then you need to reinstall your whole system, then again you won’t be able to activate without a paid newsgator account. Since newsgator server can’t tell the diffrence between ex-paid customer and never-paid customer.
So I can’t protect my investment on the feeddemon againast all oods!
Answering me, my dear listening frind.
I spend two hours to reinstall my system and just want to prove nick’s promise and protect myself own and the rest hardcore feeddemon’s fan’s invesment on a piece of software we used to like so much.
The fact is that:
Why you put yourself into this unpredicatable pain.
Feeddemon already died as a stand alone news reader. Cause it’s gonna be newsgator paid service’s add-on. Newsgator is not a software company. They sell the service. Ridiculously the service is about that you need to pay to see your feeds even when feeds is everywhere these days.
They bought feeddemon. They ain’t plan to sell the feeddemon software but to kill feeddemon market. It’s like if you wanna use feeddemon after this you are gonna paid for newsgator’s feeds subscibing service. If you won’t paid for it, you won’t see your feeds synchronized anymore.
This is exactly pain in the ass. They rent the software to you to let you see the feeds you paid for but you can read somewhere else for free?
Is this logical?
So if you don’t want to rent the software for ever and never own it, it’s time to leave feeddemon now. It’s soon or later. Cause they don’t even use serial number to activate product anymore. You need to use your paid online newsgator account to activate it. So nick’s post about rethinking is a lie. You don’t have a paid account, you won’t able to activate feeddemon after you subscribition expires. Cause you don’t have a paid newsgator account anymore. If your computer screws up one day, you need to reinstall your whole system including feeddemon but you won’t be able to activate it in that period of time without a paid newsgator online account.
What you gonna do then? Or other situations similar like this.
It’s time to screw up feeddemon as a stand alone newsgator for now. Cause its core is rotten now. It’s not a software anymore. It’s a door in the desktop environment you need to pay to pass to see the feeds free everywhere else just like newsgator outlook edition is not a software anymore but a door in the outlook environment you need to pay to pass to see the feeds free everywhere else.
This is newsgator’s plan: kill you free pass in the desktop via feeddemon to news and rss and free pass in the outlook environment via outlook newsgator addon. Instead they build up two doors for you to rent to pass. At the end, news and rss is not free anymore. You need to pay to see it.
Feeddemon is dead as a software. It’s a server based appendage like newsgator outlook version, it’s like you need to pay to receive hotmail via outlook. But outlook still allow you to receive other email service like yahoo, feeddemon is newsgator server based only and won’t allow you to use any other service other than newsgator.monopoly.
It’s time for some other news aggregators to take over the empty space left by feeddemon and newgator in desktop and outlook news aggregator market.
Here they rise:Greatnews,intraVnews ,blogbot,rssowl,Awasu,Attensa!
Check out greatnews man.
There’s 4 major reasons why I love it:
1. It synchronizes with bloglins. Folder hierarchy is synchronized between Bloglines and Greatnews as well. you feel really comfortable to organize your feeds. You know how it sucks for feeddemon to synchronize with bloglines. Cause feeddemon only imports opml from bloglines without Folder hierarchy at all. So it’s a very hard for me to find a specfic feed and to organize those feeds. In all the desktop news clients, Greatnews’s synchronization with bloglines leaves rest news aggregators in dust. It’s like use outlook express to receive hotmail. Once you receive all the news from bloglines server in greatnews, all the news will be flagged read on bloglines online edition.If you love bloglines, you feel at home.
2. It’s extremely small. It only takes 800kb or so to install. You can even install it on a usb flash drive or even a floppy disk. So you take it everywhere to connect to Pc to use it. How cool is that?! It’s like you have yourself own mini newsgator server which can gurantee you won’t read the same news twice.
3. It runs with only a tiny memory and cpu engaged. So you won’t even notice it when it updates news in the background.
Above all it’s free.
There are still some sweet points about greatnews I can tell you below just in case you can put a relevant review in your website to let more people to be aware of a sweet piece of software, to less their pain of losing feeddemon.Here we go:
* 100% Unicode support. Displays international languages on the same page. Use any languages anywhere in GreatNews, including Search, Label and News watch. Like I read japanese news to do a research, greatnews displays all these south asian news so well including japanese, Chinese, whatevernese. Feeddemon can’t do this . As far as I know, feeddemon can’t support hebrew news,japanese news, and chinese news well.
** Full text search with keyword highlights. It’s very productive when you consider get things done.
* Integrated internet browser, with popup blocking. Working closely with default browser like Firefox. A kill point to please firefox fan.
* “Channel Organizer” helps organize channel subscriptions in one place. Use “Find Channel” to locate your subscriptions quickly. Again a great get things done tool.
* With Import/Export wizard, you can import/export all channel subscriptions in a single step.
* Export rss articles to rss 2.0 format. You can also customize the export by selecting channel/group/label, and/or applying filters.
*you can use ’search channel’ to keep eyes on special subject like ‘Ipod’, Like using feeddemon’s search channel and newsgator’s smart feeds. The difference is that smart feeds isn’t free but greatnews is.
It’s a such a sweet software. Even it’s roughly half an year old with its debut in 02/18/2005. Very promising. We won’t miss feeddemon that much.
The developers makes such a blowing software to offer it to the world free. I think as a strong believer in good software and unbeliever in subscription-based software, we should offer a little help to these generous and talented dudes.I’m a hugh fan of your The Great Software List. We can spread the words. Just like in the explorer, we spread firefox. In the Rss world, we should spread software like greatnews against newsgator evil software subscribtion model.
Greatnews is a very strong desktop newsreader. Even On the server side, it has a strong bloglins synchronization api even when you say this api is not perfect, but at least it’s free and still improved. It can compete newsgator in two categories: on the desktop news aggregator environment, and on the server api category which is a very strong api supported by bloglines. It’s like you can use outlook express to receive hotmail without going hotmail plus.
Such a promising and helpful software shouldn’t die without our support. If that’s the plan, we will have no place to turn to but evil subscribtion like newsgator since they already bought the so-called best desktop news agregator feeddeon. I always remembr that day as a sad day and a betray when nick gave up hard-core feeddemon fans like me to surrender to newsgator corporate money promising future. Since then, the destiny child of desktop news aggregator market died!
I am not doing any favor for any other newsgators. It’s newsgator itself kill their market. Nick broke his hardcore fans’s heart. I was feeling homeless in Rss World Once I test feeddemon 1.6 beta. I once own my house, now I rent it. I am homeless. I want to own my house. That’s why I start looking.
The way we leave a disapointed business is the way we customer show those greedy corporation our point. Their intension is maximumizing their profit. Like newsgator, instead of selling software, they rent them. They are the landdord, we aren’t. They are very smart to explain how cheap the new subcription model is. It sounds like they are charity. We aren’t idiot. We all know that it requires more money to buy a house rather than rent a house in a short term. But in the long run, we lose money when we keep renting house. Landdord is always the winner.
Microsoft charge you when you receive your hotmail via outlook, but you still can choose not to,cause there are some very other nice email service you can use with outlook. Newsgator don’t even give you a choice. This is a big ignorance to customer’s needs. Imagine one day microsoft start activate windows with a pre-paid microsoft passport account. I tell you what. I am gonna be the first one to jump on apple’s ship. But microsoft are smart enought not to destroy themself like that. Obviously newsgator can’t see the point. They are too eager to maxmumizing their profit as a pretending-to-be-kind landlord. Too greedy to not hurt customer’s heart.
Leave them let them feel pain. If they see us gone and lose the money they’re supposed to make. They maybe appoligize for their mistake and correct it. Untill that day, it’s time to say bye-bye.
Newsgator listen, don’t try to put your hands in my pocket forever. A monthly bill? I am not loving it.
Wow. Thanks for the insight.
Erm, anyone else had the same experience with FeedDemon?
Oops, forgot to reply to Joan’s question. Yes, Bloglines is a web-based aggregator. And you’re not an IT idiot!
Hmm am wondering if the Bloglines format is better suited for my office PC and PDA phone. Maybe I should give it a try!