Archive for January, 2007

Neat beatboxing video Jan 30 2007

Pretty sweet.

Reggie Watts: Out Of Control on Vimeo

ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers – Read it at Jan 30 2007

The ScobleShow is the 700th feed added to Congratulations, Scoble!

Check it out: ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers – Read it at

P.S. Support for displaying podcast enclosures is probably going to be coming soon so you’ll be able to play or download non-embedded audio and video podcast files directly in your browser. But that is probably for another night, since it will involve hacking on the MagpieRSS RSS feed parser a little bit so it knows that enclosures exist.

Interesting video clip by the guy who named WiFi Jan 29 2007

Neat video.

So the guy who came up with WiFi, Expedia, Exterra tells all about the importance of naming.
Is a good name a important to success? What about bad names? They highlight the name iPod as a bad name, but the product is so awesome it didn’t matter. I’m about half-way through this video, and it actually has my attention (as you know, this is a big deal if you can keep my attention). So … before I have to go out and this post falls into the “almost done” status … I’m just going to post because man, this is too interesting not too!

Posted on Blog – Blog Archive – Just wha’ts in a name? A lot listen to Scoble talk with Edward Saenz (found it by reading the blog RSS feed at

Adding new feeds to is working again Jan 27 2007

I’ve fixed it so that adding feeds to should work again now. There was a small flaw in the logic for adding the feeds that I hadn’t caught. All fixed now.

So far there have been almost 130,000 total items retrieved from almost 700 feeds since it the site launched in December.

Check it out and add your feed if you want: – Really Simple News For You

The secret to getting your website featured on the frontpage of Jan 22 2007

New homepage

If you’ve ever tried to get your website featured on the front page of a site like digg, reddit, or Slashdot you might have felt frustration when you didn’t get the right number of votes to make it.

There is a site called that will automatically put your website’s content directly on its homepage.

How to get onto the homepage

Here are the 3 easy steps for you to take to get your website featured on the homepage of

  1. Go to the site and make sure that your RSS feed is in the database. The easiest way to do this is to paste in the URL for your RSS feed into the “Read a Feed” input box at the bottom of the page.
  2. Verify that your existing site RSS feed was imported correctly. You should be forwarded to the page that shows you your feed’s page on if it was imported successfully. (For example, the page for this site is
  3. Publish a new item on your website. RSS feeds are updated every 5 minutes so you should only have to wait for a minute or two. Refresh your feed page until you see your new item appear. Now check the homepage. Your new item should be at the top of the list, and will remain until 9 newer items are published by other people in their RSS feeds.

Bonus tip #1 – how to get into the top 30 feeds list

If you want to make it into the top 30 feed list (featured at the top of every page), all you have to do is tell people about your page that features your feed and increase your view count. The easiest way to do this is to use the RSS feed stats widget at the bottom of your feed page (copy and paste the HTML into your blog sidebar or another HTML page) — note that your site must allow <script> tags to enable the live updates of your feed stats information. You can also promote yourself to the top 30 by linking to your feed page in your blog roll and by sending the link to your friends.

Bonus tip #2 – Pretty site icon

To have your site icon show up nicely in the all feeds page and in the explore lists make sure you have a favicon installed for your website. will look for that and use it for your site icon. If it doesn’t find one, it will use a generic one that doesn’t set your site apart from any of the other ones. See the Wikipedia entry on favicons for how to get one installed for your site if you don’t already have one.

So, 3 easy steps to get your website content promoted on the website.

Try it for yourself: Submit your site to

(P.S. It usually accepts most Atom feeds as well as RSS feeds.)

Help digg this submission: 25x nicer way to read digg (aesthetically speaking…) Jan 19 2007

If you like what I’ve been working on for, feel free to digg this submission and help get it linked on the home page. Let’s see if we can melt the server. 🙂

This new RSS feed aggregator site makes reading sites like digg fast and easy, with no clutter or distractions. There are 690 other feeds to read that are also available on the site. A really good resource for finding fresh new stories, focused on technology, design, and cool hunting.

read more | digg story

Digg it!

Sweet new feature: Custom RSS Feed Stats Badges Jan 19 2007

New feature: embeddable RSS stats badges!

You can now see stats for each feed on and grab the HTML code to embed a neat small badge that shows you how many times the feed has been read on, how many people have favorited it and how many items are available to read on The badges are displayed at the bottom of every feed page.

Here’s my stats badge:

Site icon Gabriel


Check it out: RSS Stats

Chickenfoot – Firefox extension to automate web tasks with Javascript in your browser Jan 18 2007

This looks pretty neato.

Chickenfoot is a Firefox extension that puts a programming environment in the browser’s sidebar so you can write scripts to manipulate web pages and automate web browsing. In Chickenfoot, scripts are written in a superset of Javascript that includes special functions specific to web tasks.

Check it out: Chickenfoot

(Via the Lifehacker RSS feed at – Really Simple News For You Jan 18 2007

Rember me signing now works on

I just added another nice feature to Persistent user sign in. This means that you won’t have to keep on logging in every time you restart your browser. Click the “Remember me” checkbox to stay signed in for the next 100 days.

This will become more important as new user-focused features are added to the site.

Check it out: – Really Simple News For You

Update on recent enhancements added to Jan 16 2007

I’ve made a bunch of improvements to lately:

All feeds in

You can now view all feeds in the system by going to the page.

Paging has arrived -
You can now page through older items than just the latest 10 items. This is a pretty nice enhancement. This way you can get caught up.

Now featuring 30 favorites

Top 30
The top 30 most popular feeds are now displayed instead of just the top 25.

OPML Export -

OPML Export
If you want to grab a copy of the OPML file that contains all of the subscribed feeds you can get it on the feeds page.

Latest stats: stats

Also on the technical backend, I improved the speed of a couple of the SQL queries and also implemented 301 redirects for any requests made to (meaning that if a user types in they’ll be redirected to without the www). Paging nerdly McNerdlington…

Visit and experience “Really Simple News For You”

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