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RSS Feed Issues

I posted back a couple weeks ago that I changed the RSS feed from FeedBurner to hosting my own. This was supposed to be seamless, but it seems like some readers are not grabbing the new feed url. I know Thunderbird is having trouble with it so if you use it, make sure you update your feed url to the following. Sorry about all this, but FeedBurner wasn’t updating all the time even though I was pinging it. I promise it won’t change again.

http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/rss

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RSS Feed Issues

I posted back a couple weeks ago that I changed the RSS feed from FeedBurner to hosting my own. This was supposed to be seamless, but it seems like some readers are not grabbing the new feed url. I know Thunderbird is having trouble with it so if you use it, make sure you update your feed url to the following. Sorry about all this, but FeedBurner wasn’t updating all the time even though I was pinging it. I promise it won’t change again.

http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/rss

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RSS Feeds Changed

I’m not sure what was happening, but my .htaccess file was all screwed up and some feeds were not updating. I’m sorry for the confusion, but it looks like an update I applied to Movable Type was causing the problems. For most people this isn’t an issue as the vast majority have already been using correct feed, but check your RSS URLs anyway.

For now I’ve removed all of them except for the following which everyone should use from now on.

http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/rss

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Blogroll Updated

UPDATE – Looks like there is a bug with FeedDemon uploading only the RSS feed address into my blogroll. I’m goin to put it back to the RSS feed list so you can at least subscribe to them if you wish. I’ll post back when it is resolved.

I finally got my blogroll updated. Since I use FeedDemon as my RSS Aggregator, I can now take advantage of Newsgator Online to synchronize my feeds. The two blogrolls on the left are dynamically updated as I add or removed GIS feeds from FeedDemon so they should be as up-to-date as I am.

I’m sure I’m missing someones blog so if you see one that you think I should be reading, feel free to either post it here or email me (my address is located under my photo on the upper right of the page).

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Tracking GIS Across the Blogosphere

Trying to find GIS information on the Internet can be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Well lucky for us we have a couple tools that enable us to see what other users are saying about topics we care about. I use my RSS aggregator to read the blogs that I feel keep me up to date the most, but what about the thousands that mention GIS?

Enter Technorati, PubSub and Feedster. These three tools allow me to use keywords or “tags” to find blog postings that match terms that I want to follow. What is ever better about them is you can subscribe to them with your RSS aggregator. I will use the keyword/tag “ESRI” to show you how each of them finds and displays blog entries.

PubSub is a little different than those two as you really need to create the keywords yourself, but I think I get better results with PubSub than Technorati or Feedster.

I’ve got PubSub feeds for ESRI, ArcGIS, PostGIS, Oracle, MapServer, Ka Map, Cartography and Geospatial. I don’t have one for GIS because you get many results for GIs (think Iraq). Any time almost anyone posts about the above terms on their blog, I get to read the post. I know many users know about these services, but if you don’t you should really check them out.

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RSS Feeds for ESRI

Tucked down in a post about Federal Computer Weekly, Brian Goldin wrote (dead-link):

Speaking of RSS – anyone want more RSS reeds at ESRI? How about on the EDN site? If you haven’t noticed Microsoft has just added 100s of knowledgebase rss feeds.

I’ve always thought ESRI has been a little behind the times with their websites. It took forever for them to put the knowlegebase online and they still release news by email. It should be as simple as publishing an RSS feed and letting all of us read is immediately. Hopefully they’ll get on board as it doesn’t take much to publish the feed and we all know ESRI has some pretty bright XML programmers over there.