Find Out When New Wii Games Are Released

Ever since I got the Wii, I have been watching to see what old games would be released for the Virtual Console and I finally decided to check out to see if Nintendo had a feed for all new game releases. Sure enough, they have a RSS feed and it lists all new game releases. (This way I can stay on top of the RC Pro Am release…whenever that might be). The feed also includes news as well – but at least I can passively get the release dates and some general news instead of searching for it.

If you own a Wii, check out the feed so you can stay on top of everything: http://www.nintendo.com/feed

How To Easily Keep Up To Date With Recalls

After having a kid recalls became more important to me, but I felt overwhelmed with trying to stay on top of all the recalls. Do I go to the toy store and spend a few minutes in front of their recall board and try to decipher what big had lead in it? Did I get that bib? My son has a ton of bibs! Yikes!! Luckily, I stumbled upon the U.S. Product Safety Commission Web Site which has a few recall RSS feeds that you can subscribe to. When a new notice is out – it automatically shows up for me. It blows my mind that more people do not use RSS!

yahoo! pipes.

I finally sat down and looked seriously at Yahoo! Pipes to try and figure out how or if it could be useful to me and my clients. I wanted to make something useful so I decided that it would be nice to have a “master Jen feed” which would include the RSS feed from this site, my company’s web site, as well as from my son’s web site. Within five minutes, the master feed was created and in my RSS feeder. While this might not be the most advanced thing Yahoo! Pipes can do, I am definitely considering grouping a number of my RSS feeds together and making more “master feeds”.

For anyone who is interested: Jen’s master feed. If you are not using RSS yet – please…it is 2007, even MS IE 7 supports RSS. Time to get on the bandwagon!

much calmer morning.

Thankfully this morning has been much calmer. By this time yesterday I felt like I ran a marathon and today I feel refreshed. I got caught up on my unread RSS feeds this morning and wanted to mention a few really great feeds I have been reading:

  • Life Hacker. Just a few days ago I learned how to make my garbage disposal nice and clean smelling from this feed.
  • Creating Passionate Users. This is a great read for anyone that interacts with users.
  • Escape from Cubical Nation. This is a great and inspirational blog written by someone who started their own business.
  • 43 Folders. We all could use more organization and efficiency tips…and this is a great resource for both.

Time to sit back and enjoy the rest of my train ride into the big city…and to read more about PHP and MySQL.
[tags]RSS[/tags]

my first wordpress plugin: WP-rssStats.

After talking to Scott I finally have a plugin which I am excited to develop and excited to share with the WordPress community…a plugin that will allow WordPress admins to see exactly how many people are subscribing to your WordPress RSS feed and who these people are. Why would I do this when Feedburner is out there (and I used it currently)? I like Feedburner but I do not like redirecting my RSS feed to a non jappler.com URL because I want to be in control of my own stats.

Why start with this? Scott had mentioned this to me and it sounded very interesting. With this project, I will be able to learn quite a bit about PHP, the WordPress API, MySQL, as well as RSS. This past weekend, between meetings, I read the documentation I blogged about yesterday and I started reading PHP and MySQL Web Development, which Scott recommended. I hope others will find this useful! I plan to really dig into this in the next few days. I am going to set up my test WordPress setup tomorrow so I can begin messing around with project.

For more information on this, check out Scott’s podcast on learning PHP and this project.

[tags]WordPress, rssStats, PHP, MySQL, RSS[/tags]

rss reader recommendations?

I have officially outgrown Safari’s RSS feed reader. I subscribe to around 100 RSS feeds and I need something better than what I have.
My short list of I would ideally like:

  • Mark as read. I use roughly three to four different computers a day and looking through the same news items because Safari cannot tell which I read is a pain
  • Browser independent. After deleting all my bookmarks in Safari (that I used to sync between computers) I am using del.icio.us with all my browsers. I am using Flock more and more and absolutely loving it…but I also use FireFox, Safari, and Camino. I do not want to depend on one browser

I am going to take a look at Alex King’s FeedLounge as I know Alex makes quality products. Any other reader suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

[tags]RSS, Safari,del.icio.us, Flock, FeedLounge[/tags]

troubleshooting rss feed problems in safari.

I now subscribe to almost 100 RSS feeds and use Safari to manage my them. Over the last year, I have run into problems with some of my RSS feeds where there is an error with one RSS feed and the error text seems to leak into other feeds. The blog/news entries still appear correctly, but all the summaries repeat the error. I tried emptying the cache, resetting Safari, deleting all the RSS feeds and re-importing them, but no luck. The solution: Quit Safari and delete ~/Library/Syndication/Database3. (this is the SQLite database that Safari stores all the RSS feeds) Since it is a database, you can also use sqlite3 to clean out the DB, but deleting the database works too.
[tags]RSS, Safari, SQLite[/tags]