Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Page design competition

Hmm. It doesn't sound like everyone likes the Topic Exchange stylesheet.

So, here's the deal - open to anyone. Grab your favourite channel (or this one if you don't have a favourite) and make me a better design. Put it on the web somewhere, and drop a link to it in the comments on this post. If I like it, I'll make it (or some derivative) the default style for the Topic Exchange for a while.

In return, you'll get a little link to your blog at the bottom of each page looking something like "Page template courtesy your name here".

Make sure you put a note somewhere to say that you don't mind it being used like this. I don't want to rip off anybody's design without permission.

In future, I might make it so you can select one of a number of templates for your channels.
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RSS to blog

Just got a request for the code that powers the group-forming mailing list blog, so here it is.

It polls an RSS feed and sends all new items up to a blog using the metaWeblog API. You could make a primitive news aggregator out of it if you like -- install one copy per feed, and run them all in turn. They'll fetch the new posts and dump them all in a blog for you.

It should work with either Movable Type or Radio. - GPL-licensed (because it requires Mark Pilgrim's RSS parser).
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