Thursday, December 29, 2005
RSS Bandit!

I've been looking for a "good" feed aggregator [aka feed reader] software for quite a while. There are a lot of online aggregatorz and some of them seem to do a good job, but somehow I feel more comfortable with the onez that I can have on my desktop. It'z probably because there'z more u can do with desktop aggregatorz than online onez, plus they're simply faster and easier to use. However, obviously not all the available desktop aggregators are so great! I've used THIS RssReader for quite a while but I've never really been happy with it.
- It'z not compatible with all versionz of RSS/Atom
- For some reason it finds errors in feed formats that really contain no errors (!!)
- It exports the feeds in an XML file that's not compatible with any other aggregators [seemz to contain errorz!] and no OPML outputs whatsoever [so what'z the point of having an export feature like this anywayz??]
- Worst of all, somehow it managez to jump up to about 106MB mem usage in no more than 2 secondz after it'z run!
And these are only a few of it'z problems, but since I couldn't' find any better desktop aggregators I kept using it until today....yes... today I finally found THIS. It'z called RSS Bandit and so far it seemz to be the best one I've seen. It'z:
- Light
- Fast
- Easy to use
- Compatible with all sortz of feed formatz
- Low in mem usage
- Got OPML import & export
And so many other kool features. Plus, I gotta admit, the little bandit smiley face tray icon is cute! So if u're looking for a good feed aggregator too, make sure to give this one a shot.

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Monday, December 26, 2005
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone and happy holidayz! :D Wishing all the best for EVERYONE....

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Friday, December 23, 2005
Self-Aware Robot / Greek In Progress

I) I got this pretty kool article yesterday in my RSS'z from Apparently there'z this new robot that can tell the difference between a mirror image of itself, and another robot looking exactly like it. It is said that this breakthrough can lead to creation of robots that are capable of emotion. Interesting eh? Somehow I can't stop thinking about this....

II) Last night I started up on Greek grammar. [So far I know the alphabet, I've developed an understanding of the pronunciations and how things are supposed to sound like, and I know a bunch of words and short sentences.] U know what's interesting? The grammar actually seems to be not so difficult. Then again this could be only the beginning.....
I'm also having so much fun with the Greek vocabulary. I don't know how to put this in words...things "sound nice" in Greek! Also a lot of Greek words seem to have found their way into other languages, including Spanish and Persian. [In case of Persian I still don't quite know which one has found its way into the other, although I've been doing a lot of "history" homework!] As a result, a lot of these new words are not so new to me!

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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Back Here @ Last...

Back when I started "blogging" there were no such thingz as "blogs" in existence yet. My first online journal was a plain simple HTML page which would take forever to load since it contained kilometers of text. Later on I tried using a database...creating my own elementary "blog system"... wasn't too bad. But then came blogger which I didn't find out about till 2002. That'z when I got this blog. It just made life easier. I wrote here for a short while but then "Persian Blog" happened and since it seemed a little bit easier to use @ that time, I moved there. Plus I'm Persian... well.... "Persian Blog" sounded kind of kool. Little did I know that was the biggest mistake I could make. It'z almost 2006 now and Persian Blog has somehow managed to only go backwards through time, meaning that the service has only gotten worse. It takes forever to publish and [ok forget it I'm not even gonna start...] and hey, the biggest online Persian society does not even offer any kind of Syndication System. Still, I was trying to be faithful to the Persian Blog so I stayed there for as long as I could... but it finally managed to drive me out. It'z been months now that my blog has had a publishing problem, it shows some FTP error that is impossible for me to solve and the people in charge don't seem to have any interest in solving it either, no matter how many emailz I've sent them. So... I ended up moving back here. It seemz that blogger has actually became a lot kooler since the last time I checked.... so I think I'm gonna be here for quite a while this time.

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