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Re: [SLUG] Podcasts from the ABC
- To: "telford@xxxxxxxxxxx" <telford@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Podcasts from the ABC
- From: "Steve Lindsay" <stephen.a.lindsay@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 17:10:17 +1100
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On 4/1/06, telford@xxxxxxxxxxx <telford@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We already have tools to maintain a local cache of network-accessible data:
> * USENET news propagation and caching (going back approx 25 years)
> * ftp archive mirror maintenance tools (going back approx 15 years)
> * HTML web spidering, wget, etc (maybe 10 years??)
> * "Intelligent Agents" (latest craze 5 years ago, already fading)
I understood your original post to be about the value of an rss feed
vs. a page of links you can click to manually download content. I
wasn't suggesting that rss was better or worse than any other
techniques that may have already been in place for
publishing/syndication, but rss + a decent aggregation program is
better (for me) than a page of links that I manually need to track. I
wouldn't say it's mankind's most amazing achievement, but it saves me
a little time/effort :)
> Once more we are back to the beginning... RSS does nothing that wasn't
> already done (by several existing methods) and in many cases offers
> less functionality than existing systems. None of these systems solve
> the basic problem which is being able to selectively collect "useful"
> information while filtering out junk. RSS doesn't solve that either.
It can help a little. There are zillions of blogs/podcasts out there,
I don't have to read all of them (mostly "junk"), I can subscribe to
the ones I like ("useful").
Finding them in the first place is obviously the hard bit, but I don't
think that is the problem rss is intended to solve.