RSS Is Wonderful

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  • RSS-Bridge

    The RSS feed for websites missing it

    There are multiple projects that "RSS-ify" websites with no RSS feeds. rss-bridge (https://github.com/rss-bridge/rss-bridge) is one of them.

    I personnally use fraidycat (https://fraidyc.at/), a slightly different "news" reader. Contrary to all other readers it doesn't give you an infinite flow of all posts, but rather a reverse chronological list of who has updates. It's the same paradigm as most IM apps, but instead of people it's sources and instead of messages it's posts.

    Fraidycat can parse a lot of sources and all the ones I care about (including youtube channels, twitch channels, facebook public pages) are properly handled

  • newsboat

    An RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals

    "Newsboat", a command line RSS reader, definitely has keyword searches and a ton of other functionality for complex filtering and grouping: https://newsboat.org/

    I haven't found a good Android based RSS reader that does that, though I haven't really looked.

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  • brook

    A Firefox feed reader (by adamsanderson)

    I don't know your background, but if you're interested hacking on an open source, locally run RSS client, I built a reader that should be able to support this fairly easily.

    https://github.com/adamsanderson/brook

    I could imagine adding a collector feed or folder that just watches for keywords in the title or perhaps content.

    Anyways, if you have an interest or would just like to explore what that might look like, open an issue. It's mostly feature complete for me, but I poke at it every now and then.

  • Tiny-Tiny-RSS

    A PHP and Ajax feed reader

    Clients like Feeder[1] and self-hosted services like Tiny Tiny RSS[2] (through its Readability plugin) can extract the full text from the source URL.

    [1] https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.nononsenseapps.feeder/

    [2] https://tt-rss.org

  • FeedEx

    Flym News Reader is a light Android feed reader (RSS/Atom)

    I used Flym for a while and went to download the source one day, in fear of it suddenly disappearing, and apparently updates are blocked by Google, and the dev gave up? I'm very curious to know more about it: https://github.com/FredJul/Flym

    Since then I've used Feeder, it's similar but is missing a few things that I liked about Feeder. It was easy to export my list of feeds (OMPL file, I think) and import into Feeder: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nononsense...

  • Miniflux

    Minimalist and opinionated feed reader

    > In practice, getting fulltext is rare, and clients for RSS are either POC skeletons of functionality, or they're bloated and include a bunch of shit I'll never use.

    You just need the right tools. Miniflux[1], which I will never get tired of recommending at every occasion, has a scraper built-in, so you just need to enter one or two css selectors and it fetches the text for you, ready to be consumed in its excellent, HN-inspired web interface or in your client of choice.

    If you can't be bothered to self-host there is a hosted option which is only 15$/year.

    Miniflux is the reason I'm a heavy RSS user today (I follow just over 300 feeds at the moment) after years of being intrigued by the possibilities of the standard but ultimately unable to stick to it due to wrong/inadequate tooling. Miniflux was my turning point.

    [1]: https://miniflux.app

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  • lbry-desktop

    A browser and wallet for LBRY, the decentralized, user-controlled content marketplace.

    The context behind why and how the site was created should be in Luke Smith's videos which are linked at the bottom of the page, in case anyone missed it:

    > About this site

    > Founded to provide a simple online cookbook without ads and obese web design. See the story of this site unfold in three videos:

    > https://odysee.com/@Luke:7/a-demonstration-of-modern-web-blo...

    > https://odysee.com/@Luke:7/the-war-against-web-bloat-continu...

    > https://odysee.com/@Luke:7/soydevs-destroyed-epic-style-by-b...

    I'm not sure i agree with Luke on everything, or even that his tone is always conductive to productive discussion, but there is definitely a lot of merit in creating small and fast websites without any unnecessary bloat nowadays.

    The "Website Obesity Crisis" presentation also has stuck with me ever since i ran into it: https://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm

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