Thunderbird RSS Feed Fix
I love Thunderbird for reading emails, and keeping track of my RSS feeds.
But for some reason RSS tends to become corrupted. I don’t believe it’s necessarily Thunderbird’s fault, although it seems a bit pickier about feeds that are correctly crafted then other RSS readers.
A clue that there is a problem is RSS feeds simply stop receiving any new messages. When looking at the feed it appears that it is no longer subscribed. Deleting the feed and resubscribing fails with a message stating that the feed is already subscribed.
In cases like this the only fix seems to be to manually delete the feed.
In Windows do this by going to: C:Documents and SettingsUserNameApplication DataThunderbirdProfileswsfdfsgb.defaultMailFeeds
The part after profiles, in this case wsgjbxgb.default, will be different on each machine. In some cases there might even be two files that both have .default in them. If so, the newest one is usually correct.
On Macintosh, these files are located in /Users/username/Library/Thunderbird/profiles/wsfdfsgb.default/Mail/News & Blogs/
Once in the correct folder, simply delete all files with the name of the site that you’re pulling feeds from. Note that this will also delete any saved articles you might have kept, so be sure to back those up within Thunderbird.
After deleting the files, restart Thunderbird and re-add the feeds. Everything should be working now!
Web Comics to read
Here is a list of my favorite Web Comics to read. Split into those “with an RSS feed” and those “without an RSS feed (that I can find)”
With RSS Feed:
Air Force Blues
The Rainbow Orchid
Order of the Stick
Least I Could Do (Not safe for work!)
Legend of Bill
Lovecraft is Missing
Shi Long Pang
Something Positive (Not safe for work!)
The Super Fogeys
VG Cats(Not safe for work!) (Sometimes)
Without an RSS Feed (that I can find):
Tales from the White Pony
Dungeons and Denizens
8 Bit Theater
Realm of Atland
Girls with Slingshots
Good Ship Chronicles
Menage a 3 (Not work safe!!!!)
The Zombie Hunters
Looking For Group
Full Frontal Nerdity
How to: Add RSS to Blogspot
Really Simple Syndication feeds or RSS is one of those technologies that makes sense when you think about it, but just isn’t as widely used as it should be.
As a blogger, I too at one time went with Blogspot/Google/Blogger to do my thing. One of the things that made me move to WordPress, and an independent site, was the lack of a simple way to create RSS feeds.
Since then, Blogspot has seen the problem and fixed it. Take the address of the site you want to use and add /atom.xml to the end of the address.
So http://ricksawesomeblog.blogspost.com becomes http://ricksawesomeblog.blogspost.com/atom.xml
Take the new line, insert into your RSS reader and you’re good to go!
The feed for this humble blog is a tiny bit more complicated http://hamell.net/?feed=rss2, but readers are welcomed, and hopefully informed.