I’ve been hampered from keeping up with news by a really terrible adsl problem at home, my connection to the net has been down for hours at a time every day this week, often in the early evening when I do most browsing.

Will limited time I’ve been mostly Flagging interesting stuff in Vienna, then to avoid actually reading and thinking about this I wrote a wee appleScript to produce a set of links from the posts in Vienna’s currently selected folder. you can’t set the folder via appleScript so I need to select the Marked Articles folder manually and then run the script, this is the result today this:

Becomes this:

Daily Update — January 4, 2006 Wednesday, January 4, 2006 13:34:14

Ewan @ Jordanhill Saturday, January 14, 2006 14:36:55

A good blogging day! Friday, January 6, 2006 00:59:51

The quest continues Wednesday, January 4, 2006 21:17:26

Education Session at PodcasterCon Tuesday, January 3, 2006 11:32:59

easy wikis for educators – pbwiki Friday, December 2, 2005 20:26:04

Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn?t Live Without Friday, December 30, 2005 08:48:40

A Fantastic Conference Saturday, January 14, 2006 14:30:55

Online Games in Education — This Year Could be the Big One Tuesday, January 3, 2006 17:02:33

2006 Online Edublogger Conference: Learning Is Conversation Thursday, January 12, 2006 22:05:41

Jordanhill University of Strathclyde Gig Friday, January 13, 2006 14:00:10

AbiWord Tuesday, October 11, 2005 04:12:15

Hillary Meeler featured in Education World! Wednesday, January 4, 2006 22:39:43

Some great posts in there, locally David and Ewan have been increasing the numbr of Scots Education bloggers, in some cases by offering a mars bar.

If you use vienna you might find a use for this applescript: (or be able to improve it, I would like it sorted by date)

tell application "Vienna"
set quote to ASCII character 34
set theLinks to ""
set theFolder to the current folder
set max to count of articles of theFolder
repeat with i from max to 0 by -1
set theLinks to theLinks & return & "<a href=" & quote & the link of article i of theFolder & quote & ">" & the title of article i of theFolder & "</a> " & the date of article i of theFolder

end repeat
end tell
tell application "Tex-Edit Plus"
make new document
set the contents of window 1 to theLinks
end tell

Or you might be able to improve it, as my appleScript is very much self taught, I would be nice to post it automatically to the blog rather than open in Tex-edit plus first, although it could go straight to the clipboard.

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