Roaming web-based RSS aggregation from Bloglines
I think I may have found my solution to RSS aggregation. I have tried a couple of software solutions, but none have done the trick for me. This is not least because I work across a variety of physical machines and networks. I have a PC at home. I have had, until the other week, a PC at work. And I have a laptop which I use at work connected to the LAN. Or at home connected to the work network via dial-up and a firewall. Or at home, using a different profile, connected to my home dial-up ISP.
That gave me five combinations of computer / network connection, and no piece of installed software was going to sort that out. Even if you had your preferences hosted in a central location, the software would still have to guess which firewall and network I was currently using in order to reach the preferences. So I've made do with making a custom offline homepage with links through to the sites I want to visit often, which I regularly migrated across all the profiles.
Then in my referrers I noticed Bloglines, and a marriage was made in web-service-based heaven. The interface is simple and uncluttered [though admittedly unattractive and frame based. euuuewww]. It isn't feature-rich. But the effortlessness of just logging in once and making sure the cookies get set on each of my different machine/network profiles is going to make things so much easier.....
...and most importantly, it has prevented me writing my own very hacky solution.