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Latest Blog Entry In Signatures

Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by digitalpoint, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. #1
    I did a quick 5 minute hack this morning that shows my latest blog entry in my signature.
    SEMrush
    Right now, it's limited to just me, since the blog is on the same sub-net as the forum. Going out and grabbing everyone's blog entries dynamically would slow the forum down unnecessarily.

    But I'm curious what everyone thinks about it... With a little work, I could set it up so others could use it (maybe instead of the signature, show it under the username when viewing a post or something).

    Allowing others to do it would not be "realtime", as I would setup a cron job to run every few hours to grab everyone's latest entries so they can be cached on the server-side and not slow down the forum.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 23, 2004 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Sorvoja

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    #2
    It is a nice idea Shawn.

    I would like to have my latest blog entries in my signature instead of the normal signature.
     
    Sorvoja, Aug 23, 2004 IP
  3. l0cke

    l0cke Active Member

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    Nice work! I like the idea of placing it under the username. Are you parsing atom.xml?
     
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  4. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #4
    Yep... getting it via the XML feed.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    I love it. As soon as I get my blog online I definately want to use it.
     
    mxlabs, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    #6
    That'd be pretty neat.
     
    Kings, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    #7
    Even better.
     
    Sorvoja, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    NewComputer Well-Known Member

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    I think it is a great idea. What kind ofload would that put on your server(s) if we all had a blog?
     
    NewComputer, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    There are 1,345 members, fetching 1345 xml files a few times every day would not put any noteworthy stress on any server.
     
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  10. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #10
    Wouldn't be much load because would just setup a cron job to run every few hours to grab the XML feeds.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    hmm wouldnt it be possible to just make 1 cronjob and run a script which calculates how likely it is that there is a new post to blogABC based on the latest x posts?
    a blog which is updated several times daily could have a "refresh rate" of 2 hours while a nearly inactive blog could be refreshed every 2 days.

    if we're talking about up to 1300 blogs, it'd be less stress for your server and a bit less transfer for ours this way ;)
     
    mxlabs, Aug 23, 2004 IP
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    The blog idea is kind of neat, considering I just created a few myself. It took forever to get the ftp issues resolved (it was a firewall problem preventing passive ftp). I say go for it (and I like mxlabs idea too) :)
     
    mopacfan, Aug 23, 2004 IP
  13. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    digitalpoint, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    #14
    Great work again Shawn.
     
    NewComputer, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    Hi Shawn,

    It doesn't seem it be working properly. I did the change in the forum options and wrote a new entry in my blog some hours ago, and I do not see any changes. What can I have done wrongly?
     
    Sorvoja, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    l0cke Active Member

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    #16
    View your profile, it is there.
     
    l0cke, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    Thanks Will.
     
    Sorvoja, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    #18
    It checks once an hour for new entries.
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 24, 2004 IP
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    On the hour? Half hour?

    ...ducking.....
     
    flawebworks, Aug 24, 2004 IP
  20. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Overlord of no one Staff

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    15th minute (for now). :)
     
    digitalpoint, Aug 24, 2004 IP