[aprssig] findU and RSS

Brad McConahay brad at n8qq.com
Sun May 22 23:29:49 EDT 2005

Steve Dimse wrote:
> On May 22, 2005, at 9:09 PM, Brad McConahay wrote:
> > Hmm... I think Linux and Windows RSS users might be wondering
> > what took findU so long to find RSS! ;)
> I'd looked at RSS before, but never really got what made it
> useful until I saw it tightly integrated with the browser. In my
> defense, I'll add that I don't recall anyone ever asking for it.
> Anyway, you are the XML guy, you have the ability to do this, so
> why didn't YOU do it? ;-)

I wish I had now - hindsight is 20/20 :-)  But honestly, that was really
just intended as a comeback to what sounded like a "Mac is superior to
Windows" jab (the Longhorn bit), which I usually feel the need to respond
to.  Iow, I don't honestly think you missed the boat on anything, that was
just a sparring kinda comment.

It did occur to me many times, but I don't really have a good enough vision
of what's truly useful.  It felt like just trying to marry the two things
for no other reason than the sake of doing it.  Not that that's a bad thing,
but I just never came up with any ideas that seemed like a good enough fit
with RSS to spend time on it.  While I have the tools and know-how to build
stuff like that quickly, I don't usually know the best way to fit it
together to make something really useful, at least not without specific

My main personal use of APRS is pretty much limited to a weather station (as
opposed to objects in motion), so that gives me a somewhat limited view on
what might otherwise seem obvious to others.  The only RSS/APRS thing that
really popped out to me as being really interesting was weather bulletins,
and I don't have access to that data with the aprsworld database.  So I left
it at that.

Brad N8QQ

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