Milestone: Posting from RSS Aggregator to Blog

Just achieved a breakthrough with my previous post. It was done via our RSS Aggregator directly to this weblog through the MovableType API (actually, the Blogger API). This is what I’ve been wanting to do for long! Be able to scan a lot of entries in the RSS Aggregator (having subscribed to many feeds) and then a 1-click (well, almost) post directly to my blog. No cutting and pasting URLs and titles.

Our RSS Aggregator still needs some work, but we’ll clean that up in the next few days. The part before the RSS Aggregator is also interesting – we are maing a blog directory and neighbourhood analyser (using blogrolls and bloglinks). So, when I come across a blog I like, I can do a 1-click addition of that feed directly into my personal RSS Aggregator. (Currently, it shows the RSS feed link for various blogs, but we’ll get the rest of it working soon.)

This is the flow I’ve been waiting for [see: Blog Enhancements].

Mozilla opens up Microsoft’s closed Outlook PST format – Udell

Writes Jon Udell: “In no time flat I had my Outlook mail sitting in MBOX (i.e., plain text) files under Mozilla’s mail tree. Importing my Outlook contacts was equally successful…As a bonus, I tried again to establish signing/encryption capability in Mozilla’s mail client, something I’d failed to achieve with the pre-1.0 code. Got that working too. For the moment, since Outlook is a better PIM than Mozilla, I’ll probably continue using it. But it’s great to know that Mozilla’s mail client can now work with my Thawte freemail certificate. And knowing that it can also readily force Outlook to regurgitate mail and contacts as usable text files really sets my mind at ease.”

Points to keep in mind for us, because we are going to face this challenge in enterprises if people decide to migrate from Windows to Linux. One of the biggest barriers is Mail which is in Outlook Express or Outlook. Looks like this is a barrier no more.

Rising China – NYT

Writes the New York Times in an article entitled China Races to Replace U.S. as Economic Power in Asia: “As it buys up goods, parts and raw materials from its neighbors as never before, China has accompanied its new heft with diplomatic efforts to assure them that it wants to offer cooperation, not competition. Many have rushed to China’s embrace and are nimbly shifting their economic alliances, particularly as the United States makes its way through only a tentative economic recovery….Mr. Lardy says China’s trade is now growing at a faster rate than Japan’s growth during its boom years in the 1960’s and 1970’s.”