Thursday, April 3, 2003 11:47 PM
Worst Aggregator UI, Ever?
Dave added a feature to Radio to use the Start Menu as the UI to a RSS Aggregator. Is it just me, or does this look like an extremely awkward way to view your RSS feeds?
I mean, there are no item descriptions, no indications of what you have seen before, you'll have to traverse the Start Menu all over again for every item you watch, etc. Am I missing something here or is this one of the worst RSS aggregator UIs ever?
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Luke, You're not missing a thing...that is the worst.
I don't know if you've heard of Syndirella but it works like a champ for any RSS feed. Even has an option for creating your own "web feeds"
You're not the first one that tried (and failed) to embed html in comments on my weblog - To prevent this from happening again, I just changed my weblog setup to now allow for this.
And yes, I have heard of Syndirella, but am using my own aggregator, which I will soon be posting on this site. It doesn't have Syndirella's screen-scraping feature (yet?), but has some other features you may like...
Indeed, these seems like a complete cludge of a way to browse RSS feeds.
The start menu is bad enough as an application launcher, let alone an RSS reader.
This is one of those gimmick features that is easy to code (it's just file manipulation, right?), isn't particularly useful, but makes a nice screenshot.
Screenshot-ware isn't a bad thing in itself, though, especially if it's something like this. 99% of users can happily ignore its existence entirely, and the remaining 1% of strange people who find it useful will be happy.