Randy Charles Morin blogs about Really Simple Syndication, RDF, FOAF, The Semantic Web and Social Software.
Copyright 2003-5 Randy Charles Morin
Brad Fitzpatrick: An increasing number of companies (large and small) are really insistent that we ping them with all blog updates, for reasons I won't rant about. Just to prove a point, I flooded a couple of them and found that sure enough, nobody can really keep up. It's even more annoying when they don't even support persistent HTTP connections. So --- I decided to turn things on their head and make them get data from us. If they can't keep up, it's their loss.
Prototype: (not its final home)
$ telnet danga.com 8081
GET /atom-stream.xml HTTP/1.0<enter>
And enjoy the never ending XML stream of Atom feeds, each containing one entry. And if you get more than 256k behind (not including your TCP window size), then we start dropping entries to you and you see:
<sorryTooSlow youMissed="23" />
Randy: Wow! Sorry to repost almost the entire entry, but I hung on every word myself. Ping servers go away! This is the future of blog notification services.