The Web is Broken…


I spent a few minutes browsing the content on http://blogs.msdn.com yesterday and noticed that the MSN Direct service had been updated (that’s the service that provides data to “SPOT” watches) – you can now select upto two watch faces to be downloaded to your watch (which is cool).

But… How would I know that this service had been updated without visiting the http://direct.msn.com web site, signing in using my passport and then checking on whether there were new services… The web site doesn’t support RSS, and I didn’t receive an e-mail with a notification of the update – which isn’t surprising, you wouldn’t expect to get an e-mail for every web page update, your inbox would be flooded very quickly.

This is an issue though, there is information out there that I’m interested in, and I want to be informed when there’s something new or interesting, tripping over someone else’s blog posting is one way to get the information, but it’s not ideal – the same issue exists of course with files being dropped onto a server/share – how do I get notification of the change ? – Google is great at searching the web, but do I want to ping Google every day with a host of keywords to see if there’s something new that I’m interested in, probably not… I’m thinking there has got to be a better way, RSS is cool, but is not exposed on all web sites…

I was thinking about writing an RSS feed tool for Windows CE devices – would it be even remotely interesting to get RSS data from a Windows CE device which contained custom status information, memory load, running processes, and any other custom data you wanted to expose from a device ?

– Mike

 


Comments (8)

  1. Stuart says:

    Seems like what you really want is a program that will run daily, use the Google API to run a few queries related to what you’re interested in, get the first few pages of results, and publish an RSS feed of any entries that are in the results that weren’t there the previous day.

    Sounds like an interesting app. Wonder if anyone’s written it…

  2. christine says:

    Yes, a CE RSS feed would be cool!

  3. Jason says:

    This was heavily linked a few months back.. But this sort of seems like what you’re asking for.

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  4. RSS doesn’t notify you either, you still need to "pull" it…

  5. Mike says:

    Yes, Correct, but "pulling" the data from a known location/source is much better than searching for the data by hand, would you agree ? – my RSS Reader polls for updates every 10 minutes, this is certainly often enough for me to get the data I need.

    – Mike

  6. RSS feed of an embedded windows device status? You are a genius! I am slowly trying to feel my way around into doing something useful with embedded windows and eventually developing that into a robot platform. I really only have an old PC as a test bed for now and was trying to think of ways to synch data back and forth, and RSS feed may be just the thing across a Wi-Fi network. I’m not going to get much sleep tonight again…

    BTW, you have a very "distinct" accent in your presentation of XP Embedded (which I vow to get through once I find that amount of free time).

  7. Mike says:

    yes, that’ll be an English accent :O)

    I’ve been working for Microsoft for 10 years, 4 years in Microsoft Developers Support in the UK, 3 years working as an Embedded Systems Engineer for Microsoft Europe, and 3 years in the Embedded product group…

    Before joining Microsoft I worked on embedded software projects for 14 years – I also worked as a Police Officer in the UK for 10 years, which was really interesting – developer by day, "Bobby" by night…

    – Mike