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I have upgraded the news collector engine on my primary webserver from WebFetch to NewsClipper. WebFetch hasn't been updated in the last few years, and several of the modules are broken. NewsClipper provides an API for developing your own handlers, which makes the development of new ones quite easy.

I haven't yet found a single, comprehensive source of up to the minute robotics news. Several sites like robots.net, and Robots and Robotics News on Yahoo do a decent job of pruning through the mess of news from AP, and print news sources, but the the results are all done by hand. I am willing to put up with semi-unrelated news, if it lets me see robotics-related news faster. As such, I wrote a handler for NewsClipper that uses Yahoo's news search engine to troll for up to the minute robotics news (my test page is here). Sometime in the next few weeks I'll be transforming my main robotics page into a robotics information portal so that others may take advantage of this information resource.

I finally got a chance to update the Zaza info page for this month's developments.

I have made a great deal of progress on Zaza's 'reaction' module in the last two weeks. This module should provide a much greater level of interactivity between Zaza and the museum visitors. I am currently planning another public test next Thursday (May 31st) to evaluate the new features.

16 May 2001 (updated 16 May 2001 at 21:04 UTC) »

I posted a few new pictures of Zaza chatting with the Girlscouts during the 5/4 camp-in at the Tech on the main Zaza website. SFRSA member Cliff Thompson posted a few on the events section of his club's website after the HBRC/SFRSA 'Meet Zaza' get together. I was able to get a few pics of HBRC member Camp Peavey's Springy Thingy after the event.

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