One of my new years resolutions is to get a decent news reader.
I've been using Radio's news agregator for some time; its OK and does the job. It aggregates the 141 blogs I'm currently subscribed to and I can zap the messages when I've read them . However it uses a web UI which is a bit clunky - especially the 'mark as read' feature and not being able to easily search, sort & query old entries
To read RSS feeds I'd far prefer to just use a single UI, that I already use much of the day already, an email client.
So what I'd like is an RSS to email gateway such that there is 1 email per post on each blog, coming from a spoofed email address named after the name of the blog.
Then I can read blog entries like I read email. I can do efficient mark-as-read or deletes on lots of emails easily. I can easily search & sort posts. I can use email rules to group feeds by topic etc. Keep around old posts even after I've read them. Sort by date, subject, sender. You get the idea.
Then when I hit reply on any mail, I want that to post to my blog. I'd like to be able to search across all blog posts I've made or read too.
Surely someone else has attempted such a thing by now?
I've found bloglet which looks interesting - though what I'd like though is for it to read my OPML file to create my subscriptions for me.
I started thinking of something using Jakarta James to spoof being a mail server or gateway then drop in some Java RSS news reader code.
After much googling I stumbled on Hep which looks promising. I must give it a go...
Update. Hep rocks! After 30 minutes of following the install instructions, I can now read blogs via Hep. Now I just need to write some python to add all my 141 subscriptions to Hep and I'm all set...