Headlines on Your Desktop
Headline Viewer rethinks the news browser.
There’s more news on the Internet than there is in your morning
paper, even if you live in a major world capital city. But it’s generally harder
to process the news on the Internet. Imagine how hard it would be to get the
news out of your morning paper if you first had to walk all over the city collecting
pages, and then had to read every word. If you’re like me, you scan the headlines
over breakfast and then only read the articles you care about.
Using a browser to read the news on the Internet is a similarly
inefficient use of your time. That’s where Headline Viewer (HV for short) comes
in. More and more news sites are making their headlines available in RSS or
another XML-based syndication format. HV collects these headlines and displays
them in a separate window, flipping from one provider to the next at a user-defined
interval. When a headline catches your eye, double-click on it and HV will load
the whole thing into your regular browser. HV is multithreaded and will collect
headlines in the background, making efficient use of your Internet connection.
Headline Viewer helps you organize the news in your life.
I’ve been working with a beta copy of HV for several months
now (the current version is 0.9.1, and it’s very stable), and it’s become an
indispensable part of my Windows desktop, tracking everything from national
political news to the latest SQL Server press preleases. By including links
to sites that track syndicated content, HV already has access to over 800 different
headline providers (of course, you can choose the ones you want to see). Besides
being useful, HV is also pretty, with the ability to use “skins” to quickly
change the graphical appearance of its window.
If you find yourself reading the news on the Internet on
a regular basis, take a few minutes to download this tool and see if it will
ease your life as much as it did mine.
Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.