rss feeds

This survey over at The RSS Weblog prompted me to take a quick look at my RSS feeds and see what sort of things I subscribe to. I have to say I dont think the survey is that informative of general usage and the numbers of participents is very low compared to the number of options – and of course, only people who are interested in RSS specifically would subscribe to that blog – but nevertheless the numbers of people with 390+ feeds certainly raises an eyebrow..

So my own feeds:

First a background as to how I have chosen these feeds – to date I have not gone out of my way to find feeds that I like, there are too many and I have never got around to it. I have however been recommended several feeds over the last few years and merely by adding feeds that have linked to these I have built up my list – and from places like memeorandum, digg and other news websites.

So looking at the RSS feeds I subscribe to:

RSS feeds by country

This really isnt a surprise but I definitely want to subscribe to more UK orientated websites, and maybe the odd one in Europe and Asia. Maybe I should go and search through britblog!

RSS feeds by industryÂ

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Looking at my categories on this blog, this is not much of a surprise. However, there are two areas that stand out – sport and cooking – both areas I am interested in but completely missing from the list. Something to rectify 🙂 News is also a bit of an oddball as I dont use it inside outlook with my other rss feeds. Instead I subscribe via live.com because news feeds update too rapidly for me to keep up with all the posts, which is unmanageable inside Outlook! This is a good example of where RSS the technology is being used to fulfill 2 different needs.

RSS feeds by company

Now by virtue of the fact that most RSS feeds I subscribe to have come about by cross linking, and Microsoft being busy cross-linking bees they thrash the other companies.. I have ignored all other companies outside the ones above as they all had only one feed. Of course, a lot of the feeds “do not represent their employer” so technically should not be counted – I did anyway 🙂

Service Orientated Architecture

Interesting evening tonight – I went to listen to Andy Mulholland, CTO of Capgemini Group talk about service orientated architecture, defining what they are, what they do and why there is business value in it. It was hosted by the North London Branch of the British Computer Society – thanks to them for organising the event.

I spent the session comparing it to what I know about web based services, which is my area of interest, and how the open architectures he was advocating led to better value (and lower costs) both for the customer, the supplier – and moving further up the chain the supplier’s suppliers. The latter especially gaining from being able to access a greater number of customers whilst giving the middle man increased value. What is created is one big ecosystem which is scalable.

Whilst the talk about services was interesting, one thing in the Q&A session after intrigued me. It was the data. The piece that “feeds” the services is something that is yet to be standardised. The inefficiencies of centrally storing large amounts of data in xml type formats and other custom formats by Oracle are not perfected yet and is still being worked on. I will have to look into it further 🙂

One other item that arose was how someone connected to Microsoft came up with the name “Vista” – not that I have been able to confirm this anywhere on the web as yet – Windows Vista uses virtual folders and an integrated search functionalty to give you views through Windows. ie. a vista. 🙂 (Not as well written as in the presentation but I think the point is probably made).

mobile data

I remember the days when connecting to the internet meant telephone bills of thousands of pounds. I wonder how long it will be before the same occurs in the mobile space? Ben is right when he says it is extortionate right now. I wonder if 3G will ever have the capacity though to bring down the prices to a level that is as usable as the internet was even a few years ago – my understanding whilst vague is that the more data you push through a handset the greater the number of channels available in a cell are taken up – and I don’t think there is enough capacity to be able to bring the rates down. After all if its cheap, everyone would be downloading data and suddenly there is no capacity for those phone calls we all want to make. So they need to invest more which costs more money short term.

I think there is another solution. I think the next generation phones will integrate Wifi Max into them so you can use those networks. Obviously unless its your own network, there will be a subscription – I wonder if there will be enough competition that the cost will come down quickly and not be charged by the byte! That would make the most sense – whenever it finally launches – it seems like I have been waiting years for it to come out – oh wait. I have.[update] links didn’t follow across for some reason. fonts were messed up and a few typos 🙂