I like newsfeeds (rss, atom, the stuff that is linked to by the “subscribe” button on blogs and such). But I’ve never taken to newsreaders. So I’ve been using various rss to email gateways. They monitor my blogs and such (newsfeeds) for me, and when there’s something new, they email me with the details.
Except, they keep going belly up. My latest didn’t do that, but they did start charging moola, dollaroes, hard currency. No.
So I thought, damn, how hard would it be to write one myself? It needs a way to register feeds, to manage them (especially unsubscribe), and it needs a back end that will monitor the feeds and send the emails.
Long story short, I wrote one on the Australia Day public holiday, in Python, to run on google app engine. It’s bare bones, but it works.
I continue to tinker, but I’ve started asking people to start using it. Free forever people (although I might accept donations at some point, but really, who’s gonna donate?)
Anyway, it’s presently here: http://www.productx.net (it’s a funny domain name I’ve had for a while)
Please try it out if this idea makes sense to you and/or intrigues you or whatever.