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Thursday 8th February 2007 10:08 pm

Ugh, it snowed today. Well, overnight, although it was still snowing when I left for work this morning. So the office was empty because quite a few people decided to work from home anyway. I don't really like the snow, and what makes it worse was dad emailing me to tell me all they'd had was a bit of rain. I so much want to live back where the civilised weather is, except that it's so far from anywhere.

It's been bugging me for a bit that some of my RSS feeds don't seem to have updated, even though I can see that the feed has when I put the link to it in Firefox. I just realised that the link between them is that they're all Blogger. Apparently it's something that Blogger has changed and RSS Bandit can't cope with. I updated RSS Bandit and then found I needed to delete and re-add the feeds in question. Except I accidentally deleted a folder instead. And it refused to get it back from the OPML export I cunningly did before I started. *headdesk* Fortunately, I bookmark the site for every feed I have.

And some good, squeeing news that I've been putting off squeeing about. I'm going to America four weeks yesterday! I can't believe it's so soon. I have my flights and train booked and everything. All I need to do now is pack and get some more monopoly money (can't remember how much I have squirreled away from last time). I'm going to Washington DC to meet Melli, as she's a whole lot closer to me at the moment than on the other side of the world where she usually lives. Then I'm going to New York to see more of New York than I did in the previous five hours I spent there, and to see hhertzof and her bunny. No prizes for what bit I'm most excited about. Yep that would be the bunny.

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Sunday 29th January 2006 8:42 pm

I now have a new RSS reader I think I am mostly happy with. I say I think because I need to play with the settings a bit and how it looks, and live with it for a while. Altogether I tried out 16, not counting Abilon and I've ended up with one called RSSBandit.

If you click on a particular feed, or group of feeds, it'll show you everything from the newest to oldest on one page, which is quite cool. You have to click on the actual post itself for it to work out you've read it, though. It shows which category the post is in, which is quite cool. Abilon doesn't, although I've not noticed because I've never really noticed anyone use categories. It doesn't make a sound when it finds new posts. I can't decide whether that's a good thing or not at the moment.

The one good thing that Abilon does is integrates well with Livejournal and Yahoo. But which I mean you can just give it the name of the user or community on LJ and it'll work out the address of the RSS feed. And whether or not you can view friends locked posts, as long as you are logged in in Abilon.

In RSSBandit you have to tell it it needs to authorise the feed and give it your username and password - for each feed separately. Which also means updating the address of each one to match with LJs new addresses. It has complained about people with underscores in their usernames, I'm not sure whether it's happy now.

Where RSSBandit scores over Abilon is for RSS feeds that are titles only. It works out that this is the case, and automatically takes you to the page, so you can see it. So now I can read Avon, Ann and Nic's LJs again without having to make an effort to visit their actual LJs! And I can read Tolkien Weekly posts again - or could if the layout didn't mean it's a tiny thin little column on the very right of my screen.

So that's basically how I've spent my weekend. Apart from being behind on my viewing - I've now got two episodes of Johnny and the Bomb to watch - there were only three to begin with. I've had to put a new tape in to record Lewis (which clashes with Auf Weidersehen, Pet, and anyway, I'm not ready).

Last night, though, was Burns Night. There are photos on the Wallingford Rotaract website. I didn't get to eat haggis (a bad thing, as I like it). But I did get chocolate cake bars for pudding, so I can't complain really. The celidh was good fun - although also involved the most scary thing I've done this year when Al, who I was dancing with at the time, picked me up. Apparently it was quite a funny sight. I was too busy holding on and just generally being scared to think about anything else!

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What I did not need to be spending my evening doing…
Friday 27th January 2006 11:09 pm

...was trying to find a new RSS Feed reader. Abilon has today refused to admit that some of my LJ communities exist. And as it has caused me all sorts of problems in the past, I thought I'd try some others. So far I've tried five and definitely ruled out four. There's another one that's better in some ways and worse in others, so I'm trying it out to see which ways are the important ones. This weekend I'll be trying some others too! What a fun way to spend a weekend.

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There are no words
Thursday 3rd November 2005 12:00 am

For how much LJ has just annoyed me. I was going to post about work for the delight (?) of everyone on my friends list but it didn't like the current time and refused to let me post. At which point I said bollux to it - I'm just posting from WP in the future.

Although I see I have been stupid - I can friends-lock posts from here.

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Blogger, livejournal and RSS feeds
Saturday 3rd September 2005 9:34 pm

I spent Friday night playing with my blog. I've not finished, so all that you will see that is different is the new post comment link (previously you had to click on the comments, then post comment) and the new address, which is The site feed has similarly had a blog/ inserted into it. The original address has a redirect and I've inserted a bit into the feed giving the new address of that, so you shouldn't notice much difference.

I did discover, in the course of doing that, that if you edit a post, the feed updates. Which explains why sometimes Abilon tells me old posts are unread. I also managed to fill up two pages of my site stats with me (it's handy, having a weird resolution). In theory my stats ignore me but in practice they don't. I think I can live with it somehow.

I've just been finding out this weekend about a whole load of paranoia going on a while back about people suddenly discovering that shock, horror, people might be able to read their posts on LJ! Well, ok, it's more complicated than that, but I know that anything you post on the web could be read by anyone, anytime. So I don't generally post anything sensitive. That's what e-mail/mailing lists/forums/phone/talking to people in person is for.

But, all this has meant that recently people have been changing the setting of their LJ feeds to titles only. Which is, ok, a pain in the arse because now reading posts requires two clicks instead of one, but I can hardly complain because that's too selfish.

But for anyone that's doing it and reading this can I request that:

a) you give all your posts a title, otherwise I get nothing - including nothing to click on
b) make the title something that tells me about the post - so I can decide whether to make the effort to click on it

And for information, I don't know what other blogging tools do, but Blogger allows you to decide between RSS, Atom or no feeds at all. I've also discovered it does the equivalent of LJ-cut, I'm just having a few issues getting it to work.

I did investigate changing my blog provider. I looked at b2 and WordPress (technically the same thing) which does it all with php and you set loads of stuff yourself so it's very customisable. I was tempted, except it would require loads of work and doesn't actually do as much as Blogger. I'm of the opinion, if it ain't broke don't fix it, so I'm not going to change blog providers.

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Sunday 5th September 2004 11:42 pm

I had a bit of a mare yesterday morning. I downloaded the updated version of Abilon on Friday night, installed it and everything was fine. Come Saturday morning it had lost all my feeds. I eventually managed to find where they were but ended up having to uninstall it, reinstall it, then manually add them all back in again.

There was a big folk festival going on in Wallingford this weekend. I think it's only the third year it's been on and the first time I've been here for it. Which turned out to be bad because the house was invaded by my landlady's friends, which included two annoying little kids.

It pretty much started up on Friday, so I saw it all walking home from work, so I didn't really feel the need to go. I was asked to usher for a concert tonight at the theatre/cinema, so I went early and did the whole thing in ten minutes. Well, all the stalls.

The concert was Irish music, mainly. The first band were good, I wasn't so keen on the other two as they consisted mainly of guitar players. Although that could have had something to do with the keyboard player in the first band being a complete guinness. If only I could remember his name...

It was all very nice and relaxing, which means that now I really need to go to bed. I even managed to get over the part where I wanted to be up there playing. I generally can't go to concerts without itching to play. Or fancying one of the musicians, if they're young enough.

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Thursday 12th August 2004 10:23 pm

How can it be Friday tomorrow? Where did the week go? I was planning to get loads done this week and have not done too well so far. My to read folder e-mail folder is down to 12, although I also have some bookmarked and just mentally bookmarked in my head. I really need an early night though. The past two nights I got tired about 10.30 and eventually made it to bed at midnight. Whoops!

In other exciting news I cooked swede today and yesterday. That may not sound exciting but my dad doesn't like it, so the first time I tasted it was at Burns Supper in January. I love it. I only cooked it for the first time last night. It's a bugger to peel, but very nice. Which brings my selection of dinner vegetable options to three. And doesn't increase the amount of washing up if I'm having boiled potatoes as well, which is always a good thing.

Thursday does mean an update to The Shoebox Project. Although I don't know how I'm going to last till next Thursday to read the next chapter!

I am liking The Daily Snitch because it comes up with some interesting stuff. Like a Harry Potter Conference next July. I want to go because it's at Reading Uni, not sure about the conference part though. It will depend on the program I think. I can't quite decide whether I like the idea of academic discussion on Harry Potter (Sirius and Remus fancy the pants off each other - what more can you possibly need to know? :)).

I was going to make some CDs tonight but discovered my program that makes videos smaller now makes them bigger. I made the mistake of fiddling with the settings and thought I'd put them back. Obviously not. But because I back everything up, I replaced the ini files and it's all ok now. Apart from it screwing my computer up I could totally marry Drive Image.

I am also completely in love with Abilon. It ignores locked posts, cut tags and you can mark posts as unread. Which is particularly good because I always forget to come back and re-read things. It doesn't tell you how many comments people have made on the entry though, but then I never usually looked at any of them anyway.

I will now go on a printing session and see if I can make it to bed before 11pm. Although making it to bed in half an hour would be something of a record (it usually takes an hour). There really aren't enough hours in the day, and who needs sleep anyway?

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Test post and some recs
Friday 6th August 2004 10:09 pm

I'm posting this from Abilon, so we'll see if it works (not least cos I'll have to change the settings to post this to livejournal after).

The Sirius/Remus obsession hasn't quite died down yet. There's an ongoing WIP (posted weekly): The Shoebox Project and I found an essay detailing the evidence for Sirius/Remus (since I came into it thinking it was a good idea more than anything else): The Case for R/S Version 2.0.

Edit: Since I've had to put those links in by hand, I'm going back to Blogger next time, now I've worked out how to avoid using the annoying WYSIWYG editor that makes everything much more difficult.

Edit again: It's made a complete mess of my links now, I really don't understand how you're supposed to me them work, I like Blogger, Blogger is my friend.

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