• My ideea was a pure raw thought. Therefore it can’t be lame because it hasn’t had the time to develop into something more rafined. But I do have some questions regarding your technique:

    what do you do in case you want to exclude some posts from your feed?

    if you set the cron job to run every 5 minutes, wouldn’t it be lame to load the exact same feed from 5 to 5 minutes?

    I must admit that using Python you have a lot more space for customizing the idea, but the intelligent approach would be to build a file to hold your entries for some time rather than querying the feed whenever you want your status to be changed.

  • The feed contains the latest info from your blog and since I choose a random item from the feed each time, if you run cron every 5 minutes, you will have a different item every time in your status.

    And dude…that’s why we have RSS feeds, to query them whenever necessary. Feed readers query feeds all the time to see if you they contain new information. And it’s easier and more logical this way, rather than exporting a new SQL dump file after each post. What if you post 3 or 4 times a day? Will you go to all that trouble every time? I’m sure that you can make an automation script, but still…

    Does it hurt to say that I was right this time? After all, it’s written in python, a language you evangelised to me for so long and in the beginning I was refering to it as gaython 😛

  • Thanks for the script. Instead of using cron, I added it to the launcher so that I have a different status every time I go online.

  • scribu> is it better than Radu’s? Is it…come on 😛 I need this 😀

  • It’s easier, I’ll give you that. 😛

  • I used your script to change my Pidgin’s status. It’s a bit slow (because of the time spent on querying the feed) but it’s more easy to use than mine. One alteration though:

    This one is needed if you have ‘ (apostrophes) in your post’s title.

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