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Static RSS Reader

Ever since the certificate on Kouio expired, I’ve been looking for a replacement RSS reader without fiddly swipping or distracting sticky elements.

Hosting my own application and database seemed like too much work to just to display some text in a column until I saw osmosfeed this weekend. It’s essentially a script that pulls down RSS feeds and bakes them out into a static page once a day—much less maintenance!

osmosfeed’s UI wasn’t quite what I was looking for either, but the idea of working with static files made things simple enough to bang out a prototype, shown below, in 200 lines of code.

No database imposes significant limitations (read status doesn’t sync 😔), but as a home-cooked app it’s possible to explore new features* until everything is just right and then trust it won’t change for years.

* One here that I wish twitter had: only showing the most recent five or ten items per feed so less frequent posters don’t get drowned out.