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i have had SlashDock running in my dock for a while telling me when MacSlash and Slashdot update and i havn't been visiting MacOS X Hints as quickly as it updates (unlike Slashdot and MacSlash!).

that all changes now! :) SlashDock has a config file that tells it where to get its headlines. the file is located at:

~/Library/Preferences/SlashDock.config.plist.

[Editor's note: This file was not installed by default when I loaded Slashdock the first time. I had to open the SlashDock package (control-click on the app and Show Package Contents), then navigate to Contents -> Resources, and then drag a copy of SlashDock.config.plist to the prefs folder.

And it turns out it's just as easy to add content from www.macosxapps.com for the latest Mac OS X Application releases -- just read the rest of this article for the instructions for both.]


Panther proven!


To add MacOSXHints, just open that file and add the following XML between the and the first tag, or between any - or - pair:


<dict>
  <key>fetchIntervalInSeconds</key>
  <integer>2400</integer>
  <key>headlineDescriptor</key>
  <string>MacOS X Hints - Get the most from X!</string>
  <key>headlineSiteUrl</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxhints.com/</string>
  <key>headlineUrl</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxhints.com/backend/geeklog.rdf</string>
  <key>imageUrlPrefix</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxhints.com/images/topics/</string>
  <key>name</key>
  <string>macosxhints.com</string>
</dict>
And for macosxapps, you'd insert the following code:

<dict>
  <key>fetchIntervalInSeconds</key>
  <integer>2400</integer>
  <key>headlineDescriptor</key>
  <string>The Source For MacOS X Software</string>
  <key>headlineSiteUrl</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxapps.com/</string>
  <key>headlineUrl</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxapps.com/backend/macosxapps.rdf</string>
  <key>imageUrlPrefix</key>
  <string>http://www.macosxapps.com/images/topics/</string>
  <key>name</key>
  <string>macosxapps.com</string>
</dict>
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Excellent! Gimme more! :)
Authored by: babbage on Nov 08, '01 10:23:20AM

I just installed SlashDock a couple weeks ago, and was pleased to see that it was XML extensible. This set it apart from MacReporter, which does more or less the same thing (headlines in your dock), which offers many more sites but you're stuck with the ones that it offers. SlashDock has a smaller default set available, but if you're comfortable with a little light XML editing and know where to find the site RDF sources, you can easily extend it.

So now the next question is, where are other RDF sites? I like that it can monitor a few tech news sites like this, but being able to monitor some real news sites would be good too. Anyone know if Reuters / CNN / BBC / etc offers an RDF feed somewhere? SlashDock could be a framework for monitoring any of them, provided we know where to look...



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Added macosxapps :-)
Authored by: robg on Nov 08, '01 10:29:21AM

Since macosxapps also runs on Geeklog, it was simple to tweak the RDF for their site as well -- now you can have hints and apps one click away in your dock!

-rob.



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Added macosxapps :-)
Authored by: evands on Nov 08, '01 06:11:30PM

copy-pasting the xml code above, I have macosxhints working perfectly.. but macosxapps's headlines (which are listed fine) all link to a blank macosxapps page with no text, posted by anonymous, with 0 comments. Any ideas?



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BUG FIX READ THIS!!
Authored by: robg on Nov 08, '01 08:20:45PM

If you copy/pasted the code for macosxapps earlier, you need to change the line which reads ".../backend/geeklog.rdf" to ".../backend/macosxapps.rdf". It will then work as expected. If you have not already applied this hack, just copy/past the info above; it will work fine now.

Sorry for the confusion; forgot to double-check the RDF source name on macosxapps!

-rob.



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Excellent! Gimme more! :)
Authored by: scrod on Nov 09, '01 05:55:48PM

Well, here's MacNN:
http://www.macnn.com/macnn.rdf

and here's Arstechnica:
http://arstechnica.com/etc/rdf/ars.rdf



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Excellent! Gimme more! :)
Authored by: lboudreau on Nov 09, '01 06:18:23PM

Thanks for the ArsTechnica info!

Here's The Register's:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/tonys/slashdot.rdf



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Excellent! Gimme more! :)
Authored by: efoivx on Nov 10, '01 03:45:13AM

Sorry if I am missing something obviouse....

How do you find these .rdf files?

thanks



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Excellent! Gimme more! :)
Authored by: lboudreau on Nov 11, '01 01:47:39PM

The MacNN ones (MacNN's OSX site is almost identical) were easy to guess (I figured out those before I had seen the post from Scrod). The Register's .rdf file I found by doing a search through Sherlock for RDF and theregister -- it turns out that they have a page that links to their RDF file for people wanting to use it. As to how Scrod found ArsTechnica's RDF file, I would love to know that too! I'm having a hard time tracking them down for the nytimes.com, washingtonpost.com, idg.net, and new.com (C|Net). I would love to have a few non-tech news sites to add to SlashDock!



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Unable to View beyond Comments
Authored by: jhollowe on Nov 08, '01 12:37:19PM

I was able to control+click on the dockling, but was unable to view beyond the content folder, and i have not found the preference file mentioned. am i doing soething wrong?



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Unable to View beyond Comments
Authored by: robg on Nov 08, '01 01:08:05PM

I had this happen on my work machine, but not my home machine, and I can't figure out why. However, the Terminal provided a handy workaround. Assuming you have the application sitting in the Dock Extras folder, try this:

% cp "/Applications/Dock Extras/SlashDock.dock/Contents/Resources/SlashDock.config.plist" ~/Library/Preferences

This will copy the file out to your Prefs folder; you can now return to the GUI to edit it.

Quite odd to have this problem with the same downloaded disk image, both downloaded with Mozilla, and only have it on one of my two machines. I checked the Permissions in the Terminal, and everything looks good with the file, so I'm not sure what's up.

-rob.



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The Mothership
Authored by: boboeltoto on Nov 10, '01 08:34:07AM

Hope you're not planning to get a life soon :

http://www.syndic8.com/feedlist.php



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VT
Authored by: bhines on Nov 10, '01 07:09:20PM
I reccomend Versiontracker for App releases. cleaner, and no popup window. -B

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Also Available: AmphetaDesk
Authored by: morbus on Nov 19, '01 11:09:19PM
You can also check out AmphetaDesk at http://www.disobey.com/amphetadesk/. It's a crossplatform news reader (not dock based, however) that's open sourced, and the display is templated (so you can customize to your heart's content). It comes with about 1000 feeds built in, and more can be found at Syndic8.com.

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SlashDock 1.7 released!
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Dec 02, '01 05:23:09AM

SlashDock 1.7 has been released! among its new features are enable/diable options and Mac OS X Hints being included in the default config file! (though disabled)

i had to rename my existing config file for the new sites to load and as soon as i enabled Mac OS X Hints, i got a new config file that encluded a new XML tag:

<key>enabled</key>
<string>YES</string>

and

<key>enabled</key>
<string>NO</string>

i think it's pretty self explanery :)



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BBC
Authored by: shreddiez on May 27, '02 05:52:14PM

The above tip is kinda outdated with slashdoc 1.8, you just add URLs now.
However, if you want bbc headlines, you need to run this script on a webserver.


http://husk.org/perl/bbcnews.pl



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Panther Experiacnes
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Oct 28, '03 12:20:35AM

yeah, slashdock still works with panther, and you don't even need to dive into the plist. you can even add sites, and enable them etc... i don't think this hint needs to be there anymore :)

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