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Rael Dornfest

Rael Dornfest
Mar. 22, 2001 03:58 AM

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Beginning back in November 2000, I devoted a smidge of my copious free time to learning Python via a project I called Peerkat, a P2P version of Meerkat, the O'Reilly Network's Open Wire Service. About 95% to completion, work stalled around January due to lack of bandwidth :-\ I hope to pick it back up again and release it as Open Source shortly.

Peerkat's features:

  • Simple
  • Small Footprint
  • Lightweight
  • Local
  • Extensible
  • Powered by RSS 1.0
  • Flavourful: HTML, RSS 0.9, 0.9x, and 1.0, AvantGo Optimised, JavaScript (.js) source, ...
  • Open Source
  • 100% Python
  • Cross-Platform (Peerkat should run wherever Python does)
  • Browser-Independent
  • Built on top of a lightweight database
  • Uses "off-the-shelf" Open Source components

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few screen snaps:

Rael Dornfest is Founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Values of n. Rael leads the Values of n charge with passion, unearthly creativity, and a repertoire of puns and jokes — some of which are actually good. Prior to founding Values of n, he was O'Reilly's Chief Technical Officer, program chair for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (which he continues to chair), series editor of the bestselling Hacks book series, and instigator of O'Reilly's Rough Cuts early access program. He built Meerkat, the first web-based feed aggregator, was champion and co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, and has written and contributed to six O'Reilly books. Rael's programmatic pride and joy is the nimble, open source blogging application Blosxom, the principles of which you'll find in the Values of n philosophy and embodied in Stikkit: Little yellow notes that think.