Teaching Firefox to Find RSS

A net friend recently asked:

In Firefox 1.0, your blog displays the little Firefox RSS livebook mark icon in the lower right hand corner. My blog also has an RSS feed but the icon doesn’t display on my blog.

How does Firefox know about your RSS feed?

Great question! Your page simply needs to have a line such as this in the header:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://yoursite.com/path/to/myrssfile.xml" />

And now Firefox will know where to look for your RSS file. Also, many RSS readers will recognize this and allow the user to subscribe to the URL of your home page, rather than having to find the link directly to the RSS feed in question.

Death of a Ring

Yesterday Yingwen placed her wedding rings on her finger. During her pregnancy, they became a bit tight and uncomfortable, as most things do, so she took them off.

Well putting them back on was apparently a big mistake. She realized when it was too late that the rings were still way too tight. We tried everything – soap, cold water, even the trick of threading dental floss under the ring and spooled around her finger (which was the closest we got to getting the damn things off her finger – cool trick!) But in the end, this morning I went down to the hardware store and bought a nice heavy duty pair of wire cutters and snipped those bad boys off her hand. Had to cut them in two to get them off. Her poor finger is still red and bruised from those things. Jewelry is evil.

But it was pretty funny at the same time – she had this hilarious I’m-so-sorry-to-make-you-do-this-to-your-rings look on her face when I was cutting them to pieces and getting ready to throw them back into the Fires of Mordor. It’s no matter, since those rings were crap that was basically all a student could afford during college, and we’re getting new rings made next year for our 10-year anniversary anyway. Nice ones this time. Bling. But you can bet the replacement set will be a notch or two larger than needed, since given the amount of money I plan to spend on these puppies we’d probably rather lose a chunk of flesh than cut these things in half.

New Treo Soon?

Rumor is that the long-awaited next-generation Treo is on it’s way: PalmInfocenter.com: Rumor: Treo 650 Production Started

A new report out of Taiwan claims that the contract manufacturer for the upcoming Treo 650 Smartphone has stated volume shipments of the new model.

Digitimes, is reporting that High Tech Computer (HTC) began volume shipments of a new PDA phone model to PalmOne this month and is slated to enter mass shipments in October, according to market sources. It was reported in May, that HTC had won a contract for the next upgrade of the Treo 600.

According to current speculation, the next Treo will retain the same basic form factor and layout with a number of refinements and improvements, most notably a new high resolution 320×320 pixel 65k color TFT display and integrated Bluetooth. It will be powered by Palm OS 5.x, have 32MB of RAM and run on a 312 MHz ARM processor.

The upcoming smartphone will also have a improved 1.3 Megapixel camera with digital zoom and video capture, new dedicated answer and disconnect phone buttons and a SD/MMC expansion slot with SD I/O.

OK nice – we have our Bluetooth for syncing to my PowerBook and for a potential headset. We have our upgraded camera that might actually be useful. The bonus features of video capture, a higher-resolution display, and a faster processor are nice. If the rumors are correct, then I’m in. This is likely the smartphone I’m looking for. But 32 MB RAM seems a bit shy. I would have hoped for at least 64 MB RAM on the default. But I suppose the SD card expansion slot permits a few gigabytes of memory storage, so perhaps this isn’t such a big deal.