RSS Feeds For Useful* Things
Until the website folk get their collective minds into gear and produce RSS feeds, I've taken to scripting my own.
All care taken, no responsibility accepted.
There's nothing like the tiny dose of repetitive strain injury caused by having to click through a few sites daily - just looking for updates - to spur you into action.
The idea is that you use an RSS feed reader that identifies when a particular RSS item has changed. With these feeds, this will usually signify one of two things:
- The site changed and broke the feed
- The site changed and didn't break the feed
If it's the former, well, I tried. If it's the latter, you'll know something's been updated.
Built from the tattered skeleton of my last foray into the dark and wretched existence of late night Internet scripting (see: experiments with Xmlhttp and Winhttp), I dissected a page or two, and present for my personal amusement my own little driver feeds:
Because I Love Drivers:
- The Nvidia X64 Drivers RSS Feed (one item for Graphics, one for Nforce4 AMD Platform Drivers) - just in time for an imagined-and-really-really-hoped-for Battlefield 2 driver drop.
Because it was easy to fiddle the existing script:
- Nvidia x86 32-bit version (all the interesting stuff I could spot - the filename convention changes at one point, so the NF4AMD one might not work reliably).
And the only faintly ironic:
- Punkbuster Current Client Versions
This page is going to be my master list for the forseeable future - the other place to check the current feed list is here, but I'm not promising to keep it up to date, see, cos I get stats more simply from here.