Monday, March 27, 2006

Introducing RSS Star

Microsoft is running a development competition at Made in Express Contest. The competition will run over the summer and the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.

I decided to sign up my new project RSS Star for the competition. Although the deadline is kind of tight, I plan to get v1.0 out the door by the time the competition closes on August 6, 2006.

So what is RSS Star you ask? Well, it's loosely based on the idea of RSS aggregators. Yeah, yeah, I know, there are 2,000 of them out there already... But this is not your average run-of-the-mill news reader. While I don't want to give away too much of the project details at this early stage, the basic idea is to use some advanced content filtering rules and in the end deliver a newspaper in PDF format which will be read just like your printed morning paper. The main advantages of using RSS Star over a normal newspaper will be the content customization, an the fact that you control the press deadlines yourself. I will post more news about this project as it progresses.

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