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Test PS Script Formatter
Step three: Paste in the following RSSBus Web Part template, and click "Apply". <rsb:info title="Google Calendar Sync" description="This template Syncs your SharePoint Calendar events with those in a Google Calendar account."> <input name="email" description="The email used to authenticate with Google." required="true"/> <input name="password" description="The password used to authenticate with Google." required="true" style="password"/> <input name="calendar" description="The ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 2:14 PM

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #10
This post is the tenth and last in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #10 - Keep Your SharePoint Calendar Synced with Google The following is one way you can use to keep your SharePoint Calendar(s) synced up with your Google Calendar. This particular example only syncs in one direction: from Google to SharePoint. It could go the opposite direction, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 1:19 PM

Usenet Newsgroup Browser in SharePoint
I added a little newsgroup browser to my SharePoint site with about a one page RSSBus SharePoint WebPart template. It works by importing the RSSBus NntpOps Connector. It calls its nntpListArticles operation to list the articles of a particular newsgroup and displays them in a table. Then when an article is clicked on, it calls the nntpGetArticle operation to retrieve the actual article – don’t worry – it will only retrieve the first 1000 lines of the article – if the thread is larger than that it ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:12 PM

SharePoint Admins – You Dont Want to Miss This
The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part might just be the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while. RSSBus is an amazingly powerful product, but the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part…its just a thing of beauty. What the web part does: it lets you expose data from just about anywhere inside SharePoint. The simplest example is to show an RSS feed like Google News or Yahoo News. I tweeted about that last week. I put together two more simple examples. One is using my Twitter Search RSS ......

Posted On Friday, February 6, 2009 5:04 PM

Sync Google Calendar, Gmail, Reader with iPhone
New iPhone owners will commonly ask themselves how they can sync their Google Calendar with their iPhone calendar. Or maybe how to sync their Gmail or Google Reader items with their iPhone readers. If you do a web search you’ll find some applications that will actually do this, but don’t waste your time. You want to go to the source, straight to Google, instead of going to Joe Bob Simpleton who has written some half thought out iPhone app to sync these things. So here’s what you do: Turn on your ......

Posted On Monday, December 15, 2008 3:49 PM

TwitterMinder TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events and automatically submit them to your Twitter account. Extra optional inputs are available, as is the source code if you want to add your own features. Now if my desktop agent (TweetDeck, Twirl, Digsby, etc.) knew how to automatically POST to TwitterMinder every hour, that would be nice. But I subscribed to TwitterMinder in Google Reader (FeedDemon or anything else that can subscribe to rss works too). The coolest thing about ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:20 PM

RSS feeds for package tracking numbers (FedEx, UPS, USPS)
I published SimpleTracker, is a simple service that will accept a tracking number or package id from major shipping companies (FedEx, USPS, and UPS), and spit out an RSS feed which you can then subscribe to in your favorite feed reader (FeedDemon, Google Reader, Outlook, Bloglines, etc). Oftentimes I’m obsessed with knowing where my packages are and why they aren’t on my doorstep yet. Now I’ll always know, without having to keep visiting the tracking website over and over! :) Technorati Tags: FedEx, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2008 1:21 PM

Giving Google Reader a 2nd Try…
I have been a long time user of FeedDemon, which I think is an excellent product. Unfortunately I do not feel the same way about NewsGator’s online reader, and its sync with FeedDemon on my desktop leaves much to be desired. In an effort to be able to read my subscriptions from anywhere, I’ve decided to make the switch to Google Reader. I tried GR a long time ago, when it first came out, and I didn’t like the interface, but they have cleaned that up. Thankfully. :) Also, I do plan to keep FeedDemon ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:49 PM

Building Enterprise Mashups using RSSBus
Microsoft MVP Richard Seroter started a series of posts on building enterprise mashups using RSSBus. Part 1, and Part 2. A few weeks ago our Executive Director / Chief Architect / Technology Overlord recently asked me to build a real, live enterprise mashup application to demonstrate for our IT leadership group. Our goal was to show that RSSBus could be used to quickly and efficiently aggregate data in compelling new ways. In the next few posts, I’m going to walk through our use case, and how I built ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 10:09 AM

TwitterMinder and Flickr->Twitter scripts
If you’re an RSSBus user who is using my Google Calendar –> Twitter or Flickr –> Twitter services, you might notice a minor change to both. I changed Twitterminder so that tweets resulting from Google Calendar entries are prepended with “GCal: “. I did the same thing with the Flickr->Twitter script, it will now prepend “Flickr: “. Related: How to call these services from your own applications. Related: How I converted TwitterMinder into Flickr->Twitter by changing 4 lines of code ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:58 PM

IMAP backup service accepting beta testers
ImapBack: ImapBack makes a complete copy of your emails, on any IMAP server, from Gmail to Google Apps, to your own custom IMAP server located anywhere in the world! These backups can be stored on another IMAP server, on our servers, or on your local hard drive. You can schedule any interval of backups (Daily, Hourly, Weekly, Monthly) as well as creating a backup on-demand. On a related note, if you need an easy way to view and control IMAP access control, check out my IMAP ACL Manager application. ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 4:44 PM

Remixing data from Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Right after Google Spreadsheets came out, I got a ton of downloads from a little class library I wrote for interacting with it over HTTP. Problem is, Google didn't provide a true API - the solution was to use HTTP to manually perform the gets and posts required to manage each spreadsheet. Now its much easier thanks to RSSBus! Here is a sample Google spreadsheet, it looks like this: A B C D 1 Name Hours Items IPM 2 Bingley 10 2 0.0033 3 Captain Carter 200 75360 6.28 4 Dawson 200 100000 8.3333 5 Colonel ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:34 PM

Google Calendar Sync
I've been using Google Calendar Sync for 2-3 months now, and I absolutely love it. In the past I always kept my calendar in Outlook at work, and sometimes it was a pain to check that from home. Now items in my Outlook calendar are automatically synced with my Google calendar (and vice versa). I haven't come across a single bug or annoyance. I like how Google Calendar is very smart about new entries. If I create a new entry like "7pm, dinner at Angus Barn", Google automatically recognizes the time ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:12 PM

IJabber Instant Messaging Client
Download Here Email me IJabber The IJabber XMPP IM Client, built with IP*Works! Features SSL Support (implicit or explicit SSL connections). Works with Google Talk, Wildfire/Openfire, eJabberd, etc. Multi-User Conferencing. Source code provided (requires license of IPWorks and IPWorks SSL in order to recompile). Requirements Windows 2000, XP, or later. Microsoft .Net Framework v1.1. Origin This project was started as a simple demo for the IPWorks XMPP component. Over the years it has morphed to provide ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:45 PM

Synching My Blog with Twitter
Continuing on with RSSBus scripts showing how to pipe Google Calendar to Twitter and Flickr to Twitter, here's my last Twitter RSBScript. Here's a script to pipe any existing RSS feed to Twitter. I wanted to sync my blog with my twitter, so now everytime I post a new blog entry, it will be added to my Twitter status. Here's the url: blog_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds... &twitter_password=mypas... &twitter_user=mytwitter... ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 3:19 PM

TwitterMinder - Google Calendar to Twitter
UPDATE: For full TwitterMinder documentation, see this TwitterMinder article. In my last two posts I mentioned my recent introduction to Twitter (after having watched so many people blab about it for the past few months). So today I went ahead and published my Google Calendar to Twitter RSBScript, and gave it the name TwitterMinder: TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events that are occuring in the next hour, and if it finds any, they will be automatically submitted to your Twitter ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 12:38 PM

Google Calendar to Twitter
A few months ago, Charlie pointed out how it might be useful to have a script that would automatically post Google Calendar events on Twitter. Then he found someone that had already done it. Well, at the time I filed a note to do this with RSSBus - but then I got busy and never got to it - until today! :) Let me say that I did the RSSBus script first, and then I looked at how the other guy did it (he used a 200 line php script + Yahoo Pipes). Here's my roughly 20 line RSB script (using the RSSBus ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 4:26 PM

Twittering around
If you are using Twitter, let me know so I can follow you. Yep, I'm on Twitter now, finally. I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla is about. Is it really that great? We'll see. While I'm checking it out - I decided to look at its API and look into whether or not I should throw together a Twitter connector for RSSBus. The API is very compact - simple and to the point. All simple HTTP get and put. All of the API methods return data in several formats - it looks like all of the gets ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:27 PM

Google Mashup Editor and RSSBus
If you can't get an account for Google Mashup Editor, take the tour. Neat, huh? Then download RSSBus! If you do have GME, use RSSBus to generate feeds that you can use inside GME. Have some data that you'd like to quickly expose in an RSS or atom feed? RSSBus. Tags: google mashup editor, mashup, mashup blog, rssbus, rss ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:17 PM

What can orange do for you?
Lisa brought up an interesting point about RSSBus - some people are confused about what it does. Thats because it does SO MUCH. I have some 'splaining to do. RSSBus gives you the ability to access all of your data sources in the same way and in the same format. The beautiful thing about this is that it opens up so many options for what you can do with the data in a small amount of time. I like to say that RSSBus is three things: It's a feed generator. RSSBus gives its users the ability to create ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2007 2:20 PM

RSSBus new beta - rsb:pipe
A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 4:11 PM

NetCmdlets Command Line Emailer saves ME time
Scott Hanselman has a little TODO batch file that he uses to quickly email himself notes from the command line. I have something similar, but mine is a PowerShell script that uses NetCmdlets. The cool thing about the send-email cmdlet in NetCmdlets is that it supports SSL as well as other email features like html mail and attachments. There are separate cmdlets for sending other types of messages like Usenet newsgroup articles, Jabber IMs (ie, Google Talk), SMS messages, SNMP traps, etc. Here is ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:04 AM

Slicing and Dicing web data
Yesterday Jon Udell wrote about slicing and dicing, and then rewiring the web. Reusing websites as data sources is great - and Yahoo Pipes provides several such "sources" in Yahoo Search, Yahoo Local, Flickr, Google Base, and the basic URL Fetch. All these are great and provide interconnectivity and the ability to slice and dice certain parts of the web. But why stop there? The beauty of this annotating, slicing, and dicing, is in the reusability of this data - not just for reading blogs - but for ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:55 AM

PowerShell and NNTP
Recently Marco Shaw posted a little nntp-stats script in the newsgroup that I thought was pretty neato, and right up my alley since we were in the middle of adding get-nntp and send-nntp cmdlets to the /n software NetCmdlets product. So as a tip of the hat to Marco, here is my version. Poster Stats: Get-nntp returns a collection of objects containing the subject, articleid, sender, references, etc of articles posted in a particular newsgroup. I put together a few ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 24, 2007 5:56 PM

Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code
Update: I changed the feed to default to partial length, only the first 1000 characters of the article body. To change it to get the full body, add another querystring parameter named full with value true, ie: Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code. Thats pretty impressive, really. How? With RSSBus and a little script that calls RSSBus NntpOps. Here's ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 5:08 PM

XKCD rocks
I dig this XKCD comic so much that I subscribed to it in Bloglines last week. Here is one that I particularly enjoyed. Also, here's a funny Far Side that I saw recently: Posted from Google Docs ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 1:31 PM

Generating KML with RSSBus
RSSBus is good for more than just generating RSS feeds or helping you easily create an API for your data or services. Its also useful in easily outputting other formats as well, such as KML (an XML format for Google Earth). For example, recently Tim posted an example of using XmlTextWriter to generate KML. For most of ius, its not rocket science, but compare his code and the ease of writing it with how it can be done with RSSBus. With RSSBus you can just literally write the XML and plug-in the values ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 9:23 AM

Top 10 most useful extensions to use in syndication feeds
In August, the Google Reader Blog posted a list of the most commonly used extensions in feeds. Here is my list of the top 10 most useful extensions for syndication: 10. iTunes This one really shouldn't even be on this list, but I include it because it did make a big splash when it was released. It also generated a lot of frustration and anger amoung podcast producers. The iTunes namespace extension was created to allow podcast feed producers to integrate their feeds with Apple's iTunes music player. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:26 PM
I run an old DotNetNuke 2.11 website that uses the NTForums module from Active Modules, Inc. NTForums is actually outdated and the current product has be rebranded as Active Forums. Active Forums supports DNN 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.0, and 4.3. The only reason I haven't installed the upgrade yet is that I keep having trouble with the DNN upgrade itself (not the module upgrade). Last night I had some trouble with a sql injection (fun times!). Luckily, the injected script was basically harmless, just annoying. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 5:45 PM

Another example of creating a mashup with RSSBus with just a little bit of code: FeedMapper. Lots of services let you plot individual items on maps. Some even let you plot multiple items on maps. But I don't know of any that let you plot any feed (with georss data, that is) on a map. Taking advantage of feeds with georss data in them, FeedMapper will plot events contained within the feed on a Virtual Earth, Google Earth, or Yahoo map (Yahoo mapping only works in Firefox). Update: Where's Tim lets ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 9:47 AM

VoteSmart API
In a recent post, I commented how it would be awesome if there was an API for the United States Congress. I spoke to Lisa Coligan, National Director at Project Vote Smart, and asked her if they had any plans for an open API. Somewhat surprisingly, her answer was yes! Lisa says that does "not currently have API but we're planning to in the future. We won't have it in time for 2006 elections but we hope to have it up and in place well before the 2008 elections." Now that would be really ......

Posted On Friday, September 8, 2006 4:10 PM

Why should apps take advantage of syndication extensions?
I made some comments about how Feed Crier should understand syndication extensions. In that post, Adam Kalsey (doesn't he kinda look like a younger version of John Travolta in that photo on his blog?) was kind enough to comment: > Maybe Adam Kalsey will make Feed Crier understand>some of the common syndication extensionsPerhaps, but I'm not convinced of their value to Feed Crier. Right now I'm just >trying to make it the best way to get instant update notifications. As I watch how it's used, ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 12:19 PM

Google Calendar to SalesForce Event
Charlie Wood has been working on synching his Google calendar data with his account. This is an interesting project. Despite its early age, I thought this a good test for RSSBus. I decided to start with moving Google Calendar events to my account. First, RSSBus already has a set of GoogleOps, including a googleCalendarSearch operation that lets me get the details of calendar events in my Google account. The next step: adding events to The currently shipping ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:39 PM

New service: receive feed alerts in your IM client
I've seen several people (Michael Arrington, Jeff Barr's links, Postbubble) talking about Feed Crier, a new service that lets you receive alerts in your IM client for when your favorite RSS feeds (craigslist, news, blogs) are updated. I'm surprised by this, because this is not some new mind blowing technology. But ok. I think this service is fine and dandy. Do I see someone using it to be alerted to Sam Ruby's latest Atom comments? Nope. No offense, Sam - I wouldn't use this to subscribe to alerts ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 12:06 PM

BlockRocker and geotagging
Scoble is pointing to Rod Edwards' BlockRocker. It sounds interesting. Scoble didn't give it much of a detailed description, but it looks like BlockRocker lets you point to a Google map and then helps you geocode Flickr photos, blog posts, delicious bookmarks, and YouTube videos. I would look more, but I keep getting errors in Firefox. I'll check back later with IE7. On the subject of geotagging, with a couple dozen lines of RSSBus script I've created a little web app that will pin-point geocoded ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:23 PM

A little fun for my boring blog
My friend Holly says that my blog is boring lately. So here's a little Google Maps/Flight sim mashup that I saw somewhere today. This is entertaining for at least 45 seconds, but not much more than that. Sorry I guess thats the best I can do. Of course you could just do the same thing in Google Maps or Google Earth or MSN Virtual Earth - just without the little plane and the potential explosions. Here's a funny Flickr post from somebody in the Raleigh Flickr Group. Apparently there are more goat-eating ......

Posted On Monday, August 7, 2006 2:08 PM

Importing/Exporting events between Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar
Notes on importing and exporting events between Outlook 2003 SP2 Calendar and Google Calendar. Exporting: You can export from Outlook to CSV. You can export from Google to iCal, XML, or HTML formats. Importing: You can import to Outlook from iCal format, but there are issues here:- If you use file->Import, no problem.- If you double-click the file, open it from IE, or drop the file onto Outlook, only the first item in the calendar will be imported. You can import to Google from CSV or iCal format. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:03 PM

Buzzword soup: web 2.0, hype, and other random thoughts
Today I pieced together some random thoughts on web 2.0. Here they are, sloppily weaved together. Calcanis "gets it". His blog post about paying digg diggers was digged, flickr'd,'d, and even TechCrunch'd (hey, even bad publicity is still good publicity). Before its all over with, this will probably be IT Conversation'd (or should I say GigaVoxed? Conversation Networked? I'm not sure which it is these days) by Doug Kaye and PodTech'd by Robert Scoble (or John Furrier) too. Bloggers, vloggers, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:15 PM

Gmail scans email for potential Google Calendar entries

I just noticed that in Gmail, if you receive an email that contains something like:

"meet here at 5:00."


"Coffee tonight!"

Google will add a sidebar link to add such events to your Google Calendar.  This will be pretty handy.

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Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 1:44 PM

AIM "open platform" not to open at all...
From AIM Developers: The AIM service is changing into an open and dynamic platform. Now, developers will be able to drive the AIM service in innovative new directions, confined only by the limits of their imaginations. It seems though, that this statement is just as useless and meaningless as the 23 million tons of garbage CD's that AOL loved to spit at us. Why would I say such a thing about the wonderful company that we all know and love so dearly? Well...what is the one thing in the world of instant ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 2:22 PM

Google Authentication API
Google Authentication API (for web apps). The user of a web app is taken to a Google-supplied authentication page where they are prompted to allow or deny access to Google services through the web app. If allowed, the user is redirected back to the web app with an authentication token. The web app can then use this token in communication with Google services. For desktop apps ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:30 PM

Don't use Google Maps for pushing drugs
I was reading about signing up for a Google Maps API key, and I just thought this was funny(from There are some uses of the API that we just don't want to see. For instance, we do not want to see maps that identify the places to buy illegal drugs in a city, or any similar illegal activity ......

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 8:09 AM

RSSBus Template to output Virtual Earth Maps
I've mentioned before how you can generate Google Earth KML using RSSBus. The current beta of RSSBus already comes with a yahooMaps operation that will generate an RSS feed that contains a Yahoo Map of a particular location. Virtual Earth, you say? The LoadMap function of Virtual Earth takes a latitude and longitude coordinate as input, so here is some RSSBus Template code that will call the RSSBus yahooGeocode operation and use its lat/long output to generate a Virtual Earth map. The first step ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:52 PM

Where's Tim's Lunch?
In my last post I showed how I can create an RSSBus template to take the Where's Tim RSS feed and output it as a Google Earth KML format. This time I'll create an RSSBus script to take Tim's most recent location and output an RSS feed of pizza restaurants that he might eat lunch at today. I'll do this by “pipelining“ together Tim's feed with another restaurant feed. What's the difference in an RSSBus script and an RSSBus template? Not much. A script outputs an RSS feed, and a template outputs any ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:19 AM

Where's Tim RSSBus Template
Tim Hibbard has added GeoRSS to his Where's Tim location feed (by the way, you can get your own location feed through Where's Tim On Demand). I've talked about how RSSBus can be used to work with feeds and generate new output based on them. Here's a simplistic but neat example: I took Tim's location feed and called it from an RSSBus template. Inside the template I split out KML (Google Earth's XML format) that draws a path showing Tim's path throughout the day. Here's what the KML looks like in Google ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:50 AM

GeoRSS - location encoding in RSS feeds
Unfortunately I'm not at Where 2.0 (wish I was), but O'Reilly Radar reports that Mikel Maron revived the RSS as the “Unix pipe of the Internet” analogy today while talking about GeoRSS, a standardized way for encoding location in ATOM/RSS feeds. Mikel's own mapufacture aggregates multiple GeoRSS feeds into a single map. Recently I spent some time playing with the RSSBus YahooOps, which contains geocoding and yahoo mapping feed generation capabilities. I used these operations to generate ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:25 AM

100+ MORE ways to use RSS
Mike Gunderloy points to arc90's 25 New Ways to use RSS. Here are over 120 more ways to use RSS - all exposed as RSSBus operations: AmazonOps: feeds that provide access to Amazon services. AsteriskOps: feeds of voicemail, call connection. CcOps: feeds for credit card authorization, validation, refunding, voiding. EbayOps: feeds that provide access to EBay services. ExcelOps: feeds for retrieving information from Excel spreadsheets FedexOps: feeds for FedEx shipping, rate queries, and tracking. FeedOps: ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 9:50 AM

Google Spreadsheets API: Library and Demo
Ready for some feedback. Download the library and let me know what you think. There is a csharp winforms demo included that shows how to use the GSheet class that is contained in the dll. Contents of the zip: csharpDemo - Folder containing the csharp source code of the demo GoogleSpreadsheetsAPI.dll - Library containing the GSheet class. nsoftware.IPWorksSSL.dll - IP*Works! SSL library for communications code Update: Download it here, source included. Update 2: The library is no longer available. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 2:14 PM

Google Spreadsheets API
Lots of people are talking about Google Spreadsheets. Yesterday I wrote some c# code to enable me to access my Spreadsheets account from my .net applications: a Google Spreadsheets API. So far I can authenticate, list all my existing spreadsheets, create a new spreadsheet, edit individual cells, delete a spreadsheet, rename a spreadsheet, import from a local XLS file, and export to a local XLS or CSV file. I will post some code later today. properties: string Email string Password string CurrentSheetKey ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 7:05 AM

Google Spreadsheets Sneak Peek
Jayaveer has a sneak peak of Google Spreadsheets.

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Posted On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 7:59 AM

RSSBus: A script to search 7 sources at once.
I've been using Chris Pirillo's search service a good bit since it first game out. Its really cool. While it has more to offer than just the multi-source search, I realized that the multi-source search would be really easy to implement with RSSBus. RSSBus, after all, does give me the ability to easily mesh together and manipulate feeds. One of the service operation libraries that comes with RSSBus is called FeedOps, and one of the operations it contains is called FeedUnion. The FeedUnion ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 8:27 AM

RSSBus: Create Feeds, Connect Feeds, Visualize Feeds
The RSSBus website talks about “Create, Connect, Visualize”. It goes on to explain that RSSBus lets you do three major things very easily: Create feeds out of whatever you want, with relative ease (yes, I said whatever you want: data from QuickBooks, data from your database, Asterisk connection information, Amazon S3 buckets, Google maps, file listings, system process information, etc.) Connect feeds to each other, and manipulate them. Pipeline them through computations or pass them to ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 1:02 PM

Hey Lance Robinson, its me, Lance Robinson!
So that was the title of this email I got last night: “Hey Lance Robinson, it is Lance Robinson! “. What the? Turns out a Canadian guy named Lance Robinson does a couple podcasts, does a vanity search in google for his name and “podcast” - and stumbles upon Lance Robinson. Not him Lance Robinson...but me Lance Robinson. Both of us involved in podcasting in some way. I checked out his Podcast. Its a music podcast - great music, too. Hey Lance, when are you going ......

Posted On Thursday, March 16, 2006 9:31 AM

Google Homepage API

Google Homepage API.  Developers can now build custom modules for their Google personalized homepage.  Here's where to get started.

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2005 8:07 AM

Google Talk and IP*Works! - updated
I've updated the Jabber demo that was the result of this Create Your Own Jabber Client With IP*Works! tutorial, so that it now uses SSL so that it is compatible with Google Talk and other Jabber servers that support SSL and SASL/Plain authentication. Here is the updated demo. If Microsoft supported Jabber on Messenger, I would not have to ask all my MSN contacts to move to Google Talk. Same for AIM. Oh well. See ya MSN. See ya AIM. No more multi-IM client on my machines! Technorati tag: jabber Update: ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 1:26 PM is now using Google Maps uses Google maps to attempt to pinpoint the location of your IP address. Pretty neat!

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 3:06 PM

Rejecting HTTP requests based on User-Agent header
Lots of sites are rejecting HTTP requests from IE7 because they don't recognize the User-Agent header it sends. nsoftware recently ran into this problem with the IP*Works! HTTP component. Google has started rejecting requests in which the User-Agent contains an asterisk character! What in the world is that about, Google? We had to change the User-Agent header default value (it is of course configurable by the developer using the component), which is no big deal and is a quick-fix, but this is a change ......

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:02 AM

My Google Blog Search Results
Lots of people have been comparing the new Google Blog Search with others like Technorati, PubSub, and Bloglines. Until the last few days, I've been using Bloglines and Bloglines Citations to keep track of blogs talking about or linking to my own blog or my company's RSS feed. Now I'm finding that Google is doing a better job. For example, a search on Bloglines of all blogs for "IP*Works!" gives me two results (really one, since both of their results are the same blog post!) A search on Google Blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 3:07 PM

Credit Card Google Desktop Deskbar Plugin
Some of the guys have put together a plugin for the Google Desktop Deskbar called gdMoney. It's free, and lets you keep track of American Express card accounts right in the deskbar. Give it a try, I love it! Let them/me know what you think or if you have suggestions. If you're interested in how this plug-in was built (not the plug-in part - for that Google has tons of docs - but the Amex part), it's really easy using the OFX (Open Financial Exchange) toolkit. I am using this toolkit myself to put ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 9:13 AM

Adwords Campaign service demo (uses IPWorks SSL)
Yesterday I mentioned that I revisited an old Google Adwords demo that I worked on a while back. Here's the tutorial explaining that demo. I've updated the demo, which previously was a VB6 app that was basically just a list of functions, to a more functional app. If you're interested, you can download the demo app here (source and compiled executable). This could be easily translated into .Net, ASP, Delphi, BCB, C++, Java, PHP, etc. Just let me know if you're interested ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 7:49 AM

My MSN listens to user feedback and makes changes
I tried out My MSN a few months back, and it looks like a great service. I would never have considered using it, however, because it had a ridiculously HUGE banner ad right at the top of the page. I was so disappointed that I sent some feedback to the team. Imagine how surprised I was to receive a response to that feedback today, from "Justin", a program manager on the Portals Team. Here it is: Hi, My name is Justin and I?m a Program Manager who works directly on the My MSN site. You?re receiving ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 6:11 PM

Google Earth
I can't wait to get a look at Google Earth. I tried to download today, but apparently they're not currently "accepting" new downloads since the product is in beta. Given how long google groups has been in beta, I wonder if I'll ever get to download it. :)

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 4:20 PM

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