I Still Use RSS

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  • rss2email

    Convert RSS feeds to emails (by skx)

    RSS is awesome! I never got the hang of using a read-application, instead I use rss2email to get copies of posts delivered to my inbox.

    There are a few different tools for getting the feeds to email, my own is a pretty simple golang application I run in a docker-container:


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  • full-text-rss-docker

    A debian:buster-slim full-text-rss Docker Container

    I'm a huge fan. Here's my Docker-ized take: https://github.com/alrs/full-text-rss-docker

  • NewsBlur

    NewsBlur is a personal news reader that brings people together to talk about the world. A new sound of an old instrument.

    There's a modest but healthy community at newsblur.com which has the nice property of existing in both hosted and self-hosted forms: https://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur

  • news

    :newspaper: RSS/Atom feed reader

    Some RSS readers implement something similar. I currently use nextcloud news, that does this: https://github.com/nextcloud/news/pull/563

    Basically, for feeds where I have "full text" enabled, it fetches the article page with mozilla's "reader mode" implementation and extracts the full text.

    It isn't really usable with aggregators such as planet kde/gnome, though.

  • crypto_blogs

    Blogs about Cryptography/Security to follow

    I still use RSS daily too, and I keep a list of my cryptography feeds here if this interests anyone: https://github.com/mimoo/crypto_blogs

  • elfeed

    An Emacs web feeds client

    If you're an Emacs user, I'd really recommend checking out elfeed (https://github.com/skeeto/elfeed). You can subscribe to RSS feeds just by adding a line to an org-mode file, and then organize and tag all your feeds with all the usual org-mode features.

    Also, I think the author is being a little pessimistic about the state of RSS. It might not really be "mainstream", but almost every blog I visit has a feed, also Substack offers feeds, YouTube channels, Reddit, etc. I only just started writing my own self-hosted blog, and within a week or so I got an email asking me if I have an RSS feed. RSS is very much alive and well, if niche.

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    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • FeedEx

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

    Using Newsblur on iOS and Flym on Android, a great open source and offline reader https://github.com/FredJul/Flym

  • ttrss_plugin-feediron

    Evolution of ttrss_plugin-af_feedmod

    > I've never open sourced it though because I guess it's a bit of a grey area

    I'm maintaining the TT-RSS plugin feediron https://github.com/feediron/ttrss_plugin-feediron that fetches full-text data, so my thinking is this:

    At the end of the day if it's a openly available website and you are personally (through your own server) fetching the resources I don't think anyone has a right to complain.

    Now if you were offering it as a service it might arguably be a bit more grey, but only if you're ignoring the robots.txt file

  • news2rss

    A lightweight HTTP server that turns NewsAPI data into RSS feeds

  • newsboat-sendmail

    Newsboat Sendmail - A companion script that sends unread RSS items in Newsboat through email

    >As a system administrator, I can use RSS to keep up to date

    Along the same sentiment, I've taken things further and update my RSS feeds on demand. I use a suite of tools that pull entries[1] using Newsboat[2] and send them over SMTP (with a `sendmail` tool), optionally saving the emails[3] that couldn't be sent to disk.

    Combined with a local server[4] relying on NewsAPI[5] that can pull news from sites that don't provide with an RSS feed (AP, RT…), it's a great decentralised and modular setup!

    [1] https://github.com/lenormf/newsboat-sendmail

  • sendmail-tryqueue

    A generic utility that caches/queues emails that couldn't be sent

  • newsboat

    An RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals

  • rss-proxy

    RSS-proxy allows you to do create an RSS or ATOM feed of almost any website, just by analyzing just the static HTML structure.

    For those who require very custom, niche feeds, you might want to try rss-proxy [0] which automatically maps HTML markup to RSS feeds.

    [0] https://github.com/damoeb/rss-proxy/

  • gorss

    Go Terminal Feed Reader (by Lallassu)

    I use RSS daily, and actually wrote my own RSS client for the terminal recently. (https://github.com/lallassu/gorss)

    I used Feedly before, but since I'm usually using the computer then the terminal is good enough for me :)

  • koreader

    An ebook reader application supporting PDF, DjVu, EPUB, FB2 and many more formats, running on Cervantes, Kindle, Kobo, PocketBook and Android devices

    I want to point out excellent koreader[1] program for e-readers, that features RSS client. So you connect, fetch your articles and start reading without distractions.

    For such use cases RSS is god-send and I am glad that substack and many blogs do support that.

    [1] https://github.com/koreader/koreader

  • social_channel_notifier

    Send push notification if a social channel like reddit, hn has an post which outruns a specific upvote threshold

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