NetNewsWire Strawpoll…

03/27/2003

Inspired by a terrifying conversation with Dan Hon in which he revealed that he had 135 subscriptions strapped to his groaning copy of NetNewsWire, I decided to do a bit of a straw-poll. Not enough people were available online for me to do it properly though, and I’d had quite a lot of caffeine so I got quite impatient, so here are some unsubstantiated rumours glued together with some implausible guff

Spies situated on the shiny pinacle of nearby Trump Towers have spotted Meg Hourihan striding through “The Internet” with roughly thirty subscriptions in NetNewsWire yapping after her like tiny dalmation puppies. But our insiders think that more is going on here than meets they eye… Could she be reading many more sites via bookmarks?

The mysterious shadowy figure of Anil Dash is said – shockingly – to have rejected the one true church of NetNewsWire and to have narry a subscription at all. Indeed, he’s recently seen cavorting with old-style “browsers” in a down-town speakeasy filled with cookies and bookmarks.

Your humble editor can only confess to around forty subscriptions – several of which are also not strictly ‘read’ as such, while several other people… {blah blah blah… time passes} … with a stoat where the sun don’t shine. But enough about that particular mystery weblogger…

Back to the issue at hand, the quest for the Ultimate Subscriptions Champion was proceeding apace. Throughout my investigations, the great mythical moon monster of Captain “Zeitgeist” Doctorow kept cropping up. Could this silver surfer of the cyberspaceways be an RSS man-mountain? One of our sources claimed he had in his secret underground lair a massive installation of NetNewsWire linked by thick fibrous cables to three hundred or even more subscriptions, each of which would be downloaded freshly each day! Such dastardly decadence! Sadly, the truth is a little more prosaic – after e-mail contact, Cory has confirmed that he’s only attached to around 120/130 sites… Our winner therefore remains – undefeated – Dan “Bandwidth” Hon – whose every crippling refresh breaks the very fibre of the internet underfoot. All hail him, for he is the geek of all geeks…