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I’ve been using Spyonit a lot in the last couple weeks.

I really love it.

I’ve also been playing around with the aggregator in Radio Userland, and despite myself, I actually sort of like that too. Between the both of them, I sort of get a little misty-eyed for PointCast. Remember when the world was shouting “push?” Remember when money was free in the new economy? Oh, those were the days.

But I digress.

Anyway, Spyonit is great unless the page has server-generated dynamic content on it - like ads or random quotes or something. Then the easy default spies don’t really work.

This bugged me enough to actually go to their developer site and read the docs on how to create spies that are smart enough to ignore ad banners and stuff.

This is actally pretty easy, you just add some filters and blah blah blah tada - the spy just looks at the relevant part of the page.

Spyonit should have some super-simple wizard that helps you do this. The developer site has a little “preview filters” thing so you can see what the filters are taking out. But you can’t actually just hit a button and create the spy descriptor from that, which is lame.

Anyway, the point is, I made a few super spies this weekend, and wrote a super cheezy spy generator to help me do it. Play with it if you are so inclined, but it’s pretty lame and umm, yeah.

Here are some spies I made this weekend, none of them are that interesting, except that I needed to do some filtering to get them to work right:

CPS2Shock Retrogames bryanboyer haughey

Also, I should be studying and working and looking for a job and looking for housing instead of doing stupid web shit. I know.

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