Would Planet Thunderbird be useful?

Would readers of this blog be interested in a Planet Thunderbird aggregator that included all posts explicitly about Thunderbird, not just mine or those of Thunderbird engineers, but whatever other regular bloggers on the topic made sense? Or are all those readers already reading Planet Mozilla and happy to deal with that firehose?

MarsEdit, WordPress, Planet, and minor updates

Dear LazyWeb,

I use MarsEdit to author my blog posts, then publish to WordPress 2.2, and see some of my posts aggregated by some Planet sites.

Every now and then I need to make a minor change, and that seems to result in resyndication so that readers of the planet feed get duplicates.

Is there a trick in either MarsEdit or WordPress to identifying minor updates?

Category specific feeds exposed

After a little bit of struggling with PHP (it’s been a while), I’ve exposed category specific feeds. Specifically, if someone wants to keep track of my Mozilla-related posts, here’s the feed (or the browser-oriented archive page). Similarly for ActiveState stuff (feed, archive), etc.

I haven’t yet figured out what tweaks are needed to my WP templates to make the feed exposed in the category-specific archives be the category-specific feed. It doesn’t look simple, as the category archives is really just a specialized search.

Misc software recommendations

I’ve upgraded the software I use for blog-reading & writing. I’m pretty happy with the following so far:

  • I’ve switched to Shrook as my aggregator. It’s the only one I found that could let me quickly reorganize my 300+ RSS feeds into groups. Key word being “quickly”. Most of the others I tried didn’t scale well from a UI point of view (Google Reader and Bloglines in particular). It has groups which can overlap (“Favorites” and “Inspiring” can both contain the same feed), and it has some sort of bayesian learning thing which I haven’t figured out yet. It also has a web-based online reading & synchronizing service, which I haven’t poked at either.
  • I’ve upgraded to MarsEdit 2.0 (well, haven’t paid yet but I will). I’m not sure why.
  • After figuring out the category support in MarsEdit, I upgraded WordPress to 2.2.3. Nothing broke as far as I can tell.

The other piece of software I’m enjoying these days is HiveMinder, after a recommendation from Zak. It’s related to RT, but it fits my brain much better than RT did. I particularly like the Instant Messaging interface. More on that later if I get around to it…

Productivity boost with feeddemon & bloglines

  1. Install feeddemon 1.5 trial (still trying to figure out an alternative to bloglines)
  2. Enable the bloglines synchronization feature
  3. Decide the keyboard navigation still feels awkward, and still don’t like having to read blogs in the websites (not as fast as bloglines’ “everyone looks the same” model).
  4. Go back to bloglines, and notice that feeddemon marked all bloglines feeds as read!
  5. Curse feeddemon
  6. Fewer blogs to read = higher productivity, knowledge be damned,