Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Clogged Pipes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Apparently there's quite a few people who make use of the "Humboldt Blogs" Yahoo Pipe that I put together a few months ago. That's really gratifying, because I love dinking around with software and this is the first time I've actually built anything that the general public has found useful.

For the uninitiated, the "Humboldt Blogs" pipe is a feed of feeds. It gathers together all the work of 15 or 20 Humboldt County bloggers and publishes a precis on a single page, or in a single RSS feed. It's updated in real time. You can find an example of it over on the sidebar of this blog, under the "Around Humboldt" heading.

But there's a problem. In the last couple of days, the Wordpress bloggers have completely destroyed the Pipe. Anytime anyone on Wordpress post a picture, the whole system explodes. Yahoo Pipes comes to a screeching halt. It's Yahoo's fault, not Wordpress's.

Smart people are apparently working on the problem right now, and a fix is expected in the next couple of days. Until then, Heraldo, House of Sand and Fog, Humboldt Review and this here new NCJ blog are banished from the Pipe. Pipe fans -- you'll have to check those blogs manually for the time being. Capdiamont is exempt because he hasn't posted any photos.

Seems like I'm missing at least one other Wordpress blog. Did erase someone and then forget about them?

Just like this NCJ Daily blog, the Pipe is intended to be an interim solution. Soon we'll have a new and mindblowing way of doing things.

When the Yahoo team fixes the Pipe, I'll let y'all know. Also -- if you have any blog favorites that are missing from the Pipe, please do suggest them.

UPDATE: And as soon as I write this, Capdiamont posts a photo and borks the system. Capdiamont, you're benched.

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