29 May 2001 rudybrian   » (Master)

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.

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