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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:33 am

i just got a new laptop so I have a half-clean desktop but there is one folder there called "Desktop old PC" which cotains my old desktop contents from two weeks back and it has 103 items in it.

The desktop ran out the right bottom corner of the machine.

I will try to keep my new room clean.
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:48 am

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i just got a new laptop so I have a half-clean desktop but there is one folder there called "Desktop old PC" which cotains my old desktop contents from two weeks back and it has 103 items in it.

The desktop ran out the right bottom corner of the machine.

I will try to keep my new room clean.

Is a new machine a bit like a new car ? Promise self to keep it clean - then 3 months later it's a pigsty. Or is that just me ?
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:59 am

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I'm a longtime fan of Newsnow. Tis one of the oldest online aggregators. Here's a site with links to loads of online aggregators and links to software for aggregators for different operating systems. Link.

The searching of the net via email and worprocessor is quite an ordeal. I use it rarely and only when I've lots of time to spare. But it's possibly the most reliable way of searching the net.

I spose it might be possible, in our new home, to customise every member's homepage with their personal choice of newsfeeds?

It'd take a bit of work and some research, but it'd give us an edge. Might hog bandwidth too so we'd have to somewhat limit it.

How old would you say Newsnow is?? And how thorough do you think it would be ? I'd say a lot of the reports come from Reuters or AP or something do they - on the Gaza stuff for example.

Are there news aggregators that get blogs, forums, youtubes, twitters, text twitters and whatever else is out there ? A lot of good content could be generated casually (e.g. the 911 stuff) and it might be good to get that too. Do you know of anything that does that ?
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:00 am

I've used the Newsnow service since the late 90's. I'm not sure how old it is. But it was one of the first as far as I can remember.

Most news services pick up stories from Reuters and the AP. The vast majority of stories we read about the Middle East for example, seldomly come exclusively from our own media. I find that the best way to find out about any particular article is to not rely on the big news service that prints it. Get your stuff of Reuters or whatever and then go to the story's country of origin and scour the local media nearest the source of the story. Tis sometimes a real eye-opener to find how little information our media provides.

With regard to aggregating blogs and stuff: Most Feedreaders will do it. Most decent blogs will have an RSS feed. Even mine, such that it was, had one. If you've got to let people know something, an RSS feed cannot but help. Wink And they're quite easy to incorporate. With most blogs it'd not take more than a minute to set it up. You can set your aggregator to soak up feeds from anywhere (for example youtube offers feeds - here. ) and then have your aggregator filter the results for you. Thus you could easilly get thousands of 911 recent stories and videos and the only thing you'd really have to do is to turn your aggregator on and let it do the work. (Course you'd have to subscribe to the different feeds yourself - but you only ever have to do it once. Though some sites like the youtube link, allow the intrepid explorer to define fields and create their own RSS search fields. Thus it would be very easy to have your feedreader drag each and every 911 video ever put on youtube and probably allow you to get to the newer and sometimes more controversial ones before they're scrubbed from the site.)
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:10 am

I remember a newsreader from years ago, Fedora or something it was called, but it was for the other internet, the alt.news.usa type of stuff, what was that called again ?

Somewhere between bulletin boards and web. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:38 am

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I remember a newsreader from years ago, Fedora or something it was called, but it was for the other internet, the alt.news.usa type of stuff, what was that called again ?

Somewhere between bulletin boards and web. scratch

Usenet, Jaysus, there's a blast from the past. I'd forgotten about the other net. I cannot remember any of the names of the dedicated readers. I remember that you used to be able to subscribe to the various feeds with your email. The good old days, before the pissheads arrived with porn and spam. Haven't looked in in years. Wonder what it's like now?

Now there was a place where one could get involved in a massive and global flame war - no holds barred Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Do you have a Messy Desktop?   Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:08 am

Yes.

Usenet. The internet as it used to be.

I never figured out how to post on those things. Thankfully.

I knew how to read them though . .......YYeee--HHHHaaaaay
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