Rawdog With Plugins…

Chuckle. After a bit of tweaking and browsing I have installed and configured a plugin that makes rawdog feed-reader do what I want, almost. It’s good enough to replace Google Reader.

The plugin that does the trick adds a sidebar index so that I get displayed only the feed upon which I click. I also reordered my feeds so that my early-rising sites are more likely at the top. This works for me:

The plugin that works for me is sidebarfeedwise

It’s pretty cool. rawdog itself is in the Debian repository. It helps to use the stylesheet from the package… which you can copy into your ~/.rawdog directory. Enable plugins and change the template in the config file and we’re all set up.
~/.rawdog$ head config
plugindirs plugins
template sdTemplate.html
feed 3h http://www.digitimes.com/rss/daily.xml
feed 3h http://feeds.feedburner.com/muktware/feeds
feed 3h http://www.h-online.com/grand-atom.xml

I showed how to add in a long list of feeds exported from Google Reader last time. I just put
15 * * * /usr/bin/rawdog -uw with my crontab -e command and point my browser via a bookmark of
file:///home/pogson/.rawdog/output.html and I am in operation.

Cool. I get more or less the behaviour of Google Reader and no chance that some corporation will clean house or jerk my feeds around spoiling my day in July or any month. Rawdog is FLOSS, too, so it can be tweaked infinitely if there’s anything fancier to be done.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. You can make your PC more useful/productive/reliable and compete with the big guys for a fraction of the cost.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Rawdog With Plugins…

  1. dougman says:

    GIMP, kicks ass.

    I saved one company a few thousand dollars, by showing them what GIMP was and how to use it.

    I tend to like VLC for videos and Clementine for music.

  2. George Hostler says:

    I’m glad to see Robert, you were able to find a suitable work around from FOSS, excellent.

    In a similar vein, overall I have been using Gimp to edit photos for posting on the Internet. Some blogs and forums have restrictions to file and pixel sizes, so I am able to easily crop, adjust exposure, correct tonality, downsize to smaller pixel resolutions (i.e., 640×480 and 800×600), and etc.

    Also I find Audacious an excellent tool from my netbooks as portable play systems for downloaded video sound tracks and MP3 files through my Behringer keyboard amp as backing tracks for doing saxophone solo play and improvisation.

    FOSS does certainly fill niches for Linux.

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