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Subscribing To RSS Cloud Feeds Via .TEL Domains

Post by Clever on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:49 am

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not so savvy to the world of domains and DNS. I can configure standard CNAME, A, MX stuff as need be, but I don’t go much beyond that. It was intriguing then to get a request from @plaggypig asking if I could resolve feeds from .TEL lookups. One of my favorite things to do is to try stuff I don’t know anything about.

@jeremyfelt Can you resolve feed URLs from .tel names? It’s just a simple DNS lookup: dig +short davewiner.tel NAPTR|cut -d ‘ ‘ -f 4-5
From what I do know of .TEL and the surface stuff I’ve read, this didn’t seem like such a bad idea. And it took only less than an hour to implement, so here goes.

You can now subscribe to rssCloud enabled feeds in My Status Cloud by entering in a TEL Domain. Once you have submitted the domain, I grab the DNS records, get the feed data attached to it, attempt to grab the feeds, verify that they are cloud enabled, and continue accordingly.

If a feed is cloud enabled, it will be subscribed to automatically and show up on the subscriptions list. Possible error messages will return when the feed already exists, has no cloud element, or causes some other unknown error.

I was admittedly hurried in pushing up the code, so the return error handling isn’t the best. Right now the message will show above the subscribe box as “Feed 1 – result”, “Feed 2 – result”. That will get better shortly.

Part 2 of the admittedly hurried part (notice a trend?) is that I am not storing the TEL information at this time. I lookup DNS, parse the results, and play with the feeds. Soon, I will store the TEL URLs that are added and use them as part of the regular subscription process. The huge benefit in this is that you could move your feed around from client to client and not have to work too much at it.

http://jeremyfelt.com/educer/2009/09/10/subscribing-to-rss-cloud-feeds-via-tel-domains/
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Easy .Tel images with RSS feeds

Post by Clever on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:59 am

Searching for an easy way to add images to your .tel domains? Look no further. Our Feed My Tel tool lets you feed images from any image-based RSS feed. This includes eBay, Flickr, Zazzle and news feeds like CBC. Here are some sample sites with live content:

Zazzle Product Images are found over all the pages on this site: www.ZazzleStores.tel

Flickr Images on main pages: www.Frankfurt-Fotograf.tel

News Feeds from Canada: www.canada.newsalerts.tel

eBay Feeds with images: www.canada.diecastvehicles.tel

Clicking an image takes you to a related page (from the RSS feed).

In addition to providing images, links from the RSS feed are inserted into the page. On a predetermined cycle, these links and images are replaced with new content.

Here’s an interesting bonus: When you add more than two images, your site displays random images from a pool of images. This is due to the random nature of the DNS (internet backbone) that .Tel uses. So when you refresh the page or visitors see the site, the images will be shown randomly. You can place a maximum of 100 images per page minus the number of records already present. So its easy to create a gallery of 50 or more images, shown two at a time.

To start using this feature, you can either use the free Quick Update tool for static images, or the Feed My Tel tool (still only $2.88 per year) to feed multiple images daily or weekly.

http://www.telmasters.com/Blog/?p=215
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