As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m rather taken with Planet Planet, the old-skool Python based RSS aggregator that outputs flat HTML.

I used it to build my wonderful Future Manufacturing river. And I want to use it for more things. So I’ve created a small script to make installing Planet ultra-easy on a linux server.

Four steps and you’re rolling :

# clone it
git clone https://github.com/interstar/PlanetBuilder.git  planets

# make the planet
cd planets
./planets.sh MYPLANET

# add feeds
emacs MYPLANET/fancy/config.ini
# defaults have been set-up, just change and add the feed URLs and names at the bottom of the config.ini file and set your name and contact details (earlier in the file)

# edit the crontab
crontab -e
# and add the following line or suitable variant.
53 * * * * /PATH/planets/MYPLANET/refresh.sh
# note that the line with the correct value of PATH will have been given to you when you ran the create script

Your automatically generated aggregate will start being available at MYPLANET/index.html

Apple join the war against RSS.

We need to defend the principle of a platform independent / open feed of news items from all the companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple who have seen the future as feeds insided their own proprietory walled “gardens”.

Not sure if a garden is the right metaphor for a feed routing system, maybe “walled river”?

Something like this? 🙁
 

 
Hat-tip Scribe.

Open rivers of news are wonderful things. Recently I’ve started using the venerable Planet feed agregator to make some public planets (rivers) such as this mind-boggling “Future Manufacturing” one. Glance at that and see exactly how awesome open RSS is. And how it can be way more compelling than the constrained Twitter or your riddiculously cramped Facebook wall. Look at a torrent of exciting information that can actually “breath”, where text can be as long as it needs and where pictures are wide-screen rather than crammed into a cage designed to make you look at adverts.