WordPress 2.5.1 broke my RSS feeds

I hadn’t even realized (not subscribed to my own feed), but luckily Klaus told me – after my feed had been empty for nearly two months ;)

The funniest thing about this is that my subscriber number stayed pretty much the same – thank you for holding!

There seems to be a known bug in WordPress 2.5.1, but none of the fixes I found worked. While www.gadgetguy.de/wp-rss.php will still give you an empty feed, www.gadgetguy.de/?feed=rss works nicely.

So I disabled my Feedburner Feedsmith plugin (which redirects all the URLs to Feedburner) and updated the Feedburner feed to the working URL.

So, if you want to subscribe to my blog, please use the Feedburner link

http://feeds.feedburner.com/gadgetguy

Thank you. (not to you, WordPress – grrrrr….)

AideRSS

AideRSS is a new online RSS aggregator that will try and sort your news by importance.

“AideRSS is an intelligent assistant, which continuously monitors RSS feeds, finds the good stuff, creates a PostRankâ„¢, and delivers it to you. We do the grunt work of collecting information on every post, allowing you to focus on your agenda and stay on top of the news stream.”

AideRSS will pull in any OPML file and rate your subscribed feeds on a post level for their PostRank by looking at number of comments, Technorati links, diggs etc.

What I’m missing is how they also use my personal preference as a criteria; so far the top stories are mostly from digg, which is not too surprising.

AideRSS certainly does not mimic the way *I* read my blogs – they’d need to put that in to make it useful for me.

Judgement so far: nice idea. Let’s see how far they can take it.

The RojasCalacanisWinerPod

I love how this idea is evolving: Jason Calacanis is talking about using Peter Rojas’ (of Engadget fame) experience to create a better iPod.

Now things are starting to get serious:

“A week ago I made a list of things I’m thinking about doing next with my life. Everything from playing poker to starting a video version of Weblogs, Inc. On the list I added a throw away joke about making a better iPod with Peter Rojas (the famous editor of Engadget).

Peter responded to it (and did a followup), and then Dave Winer (the genius behind RSS and OPML) chimed in. Now Michael Gartenberg from Jupiter has chimed in, and what was a fantasy has now turned into a feasibility study.

Peter is meeting with Dave, and I just had dinner with Peter. Maybe the Rojas player (or the RWC player) could happen. Maybe we can do a short run and pre-sell the first 1,000 signature players–all of them autographed by Peter Rojas himself. I’m will to put the money up for the first run if Dave Winer will match me.”

I love the idea. Especially, if this is trying to be a podcasting device instead of an iPod killer, file management may happen 100% without a PC, getting rid of all the synchronisation hassles. It could even sync stuff from GMail or GCal (hey, it has RSS support already).

Can’t wait to see where this goes. I’d buy one, just to be a part of it.

Attention – RSS feed URL changed!

Dear readers,
I have finally cleaned up my RSS feed URLs. The old URL linked to several different feeds, depending on what you were using (the URL from the META tags or the link in the footer).

If you can be bothered, please change the feed URL to

http://feeds.feedburner.com/gadgetguy

Maybe I will grok how to do the fancy automatic redirect via .htaccess, but I haven’t found the time to do that yet.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Outlook RSS readers

I’m really a big fan of bloglines, but we do have some internal SAP blogs (thanks Jeff, and these I can’t read from outside SAP.

So, as we’re on Exchange and Outlook, this may be the place to integrate. I found this nice post with an overview of Outlook RSS readers, and settled on RSSPopper for now. Works like a charm.

What do you use – any recommendations (freeware preferred)?