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The best way to read the NY Times

Saturday, February 14, 2009 by Dave Winer.

It's amazing how people keep trying to come up with better ways to read news by throwing lots of "new ideas" out there, ones that harken back to the way the news was read when it was printed on paper. Permalink to this paragraph

Imho there's a much much simpler way, that uses another ancient model that just happens to work better on today's computer screens -- the teletypePermalink to this paragraph

And of course what I'm talking about, as always (I must sound like a broken record) is the River Of News.  Permalink to this paragraph

And the NY TImes, because they have excellent RSS 2.0 support, makes it possible for a programmer like myself to cobble it together, which I have of course done. Permalink to this paragraph

http://nytimesriver.com/  Permalink to this paragraph

As it says -- it works great on mobile devices, but I like it on desktops too.  Permalink to this paragraph

It's plain and simple -- new stories come in on the top, old ones scroll off the bottom. Scan down with the scrollbar till you see something you like and click on the link. You already know how to use it. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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