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Is there a way to "subscribe" to individual topics? im currently
getting bombarded with daily digests and i wish to only receive a mail
when there is activity in a topic that interests me. Can this be done?

Thanks in advance.
Feb 4 '07 #1
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hg
Mizipzor wrote:
Is there a way to "subscribe" to individual topics? im currently
getting bombarded with daily digests and i wish to only receive a mail
when there is activity in a topic that interests me. Can this be done?

Thanks in advance.
Use a news reader and leave the mailing list

hg

Feb 4 '07 #2
Mizipzor wrote:
Is there a way to "subscribe" to individual topics? im currently
getting bombarded with daily digests and i wish to only receive a mail
when there is activity in a topic that interests me. Can this be done?

Thanks in advance.
I'm relative new (couple of months),
and although there seems already to be a few different categories,
I see a lot of posts of experienced users,
that completely ignore these differences
(or perhaps I don't understand a bit of it ;-).

[ANN] is this group, I thought we had:
py************* @python.org
py************@ python.org
Scipy questions, I thought we had:
sc********@scip y.org
Delphi, I thought we had:
py************* @yahoogroups.co m
Probably there are a number of other groups
(would be nice to have a list of these)

here is the description list that I'm subscribed for many years,
that uses good defined topics
http://www.piclist.com/techref/piclist/index.htm
It has one major disadvantage for newbies,
if a message without the proper tag arrives,
it is blocked and can be manual added to the list by the moderator.

cheers,
(and sorry for all the stupid newbie posts,
which probably is not of your interest ;-)
Stef Mientki
Feb 4 '07 #3
On Feb 4, 10:51 am, hg <h...@nospam.or gwrote:
Mizipzor wrote:
Is there a way to "subscribe" to individual topics? im currently
getting bombarded with daily digests and i wish to only receive a mail
when there is activity in a topic that interests me. Can this be done?
Thanks in advance.

Use a news reader and leave the mailing list

hg
I searhed around a little and it seems that not only do i need a
newsreader, i need a newsserver to. To fetch all the messages from
here. I learned that sometimes the ISP provides one, however, mine do
not. But then I discovered that Google has a free newsserver, so I
joined this group from there. Sadly, I cant see a feature here that
lets me subscribe to an individual topic, so if anyone else is using
Google groups and know how to do something like this, please tell
me. :)

Feb 4 '07 #4
Mizipzor wrote:
I discovered that Google has a free newsserver, so I
joined this group from there. Sadly, I cant see a feature here that
lets me subscribe to an individual topic, so if anyone else is using
Google groups and know how to do something like this, please tell
me.
I don't know about Google Groups, but you may be able to accomplish what you
want to do with "filters" provided by your newsreader software.
Jeffrey
Feb 4 '07 #5
Mizipzor wrote:
I searhed around a little and it seems that not only do i need a
newsreader, i need a newsserver to. To fetch all the messages from
here. I learned that sometimes the ISP provides one, however, mine do
not. But then I discovered that Google has a free newsserver, so I
joined this group from there.
You discovered wrong -- Google does not provide a free newsserver. They no
doubt *have* several newsservers, but don't provide direct access to them
either free, or for a fee. They only provide a web interface to access the
contents of their newsservers, with a fraction of the features that a real
newsreader would.

You seem to already have a newsreader -- you're using Opera, which
includes a fairly good one, hidden away in the Hotlist/Panels/whatever-
they're-calling-it-today. Other newsreaders I'd recommend are PAN and
Forte Agent.

So you just need a server. "pubnews.gradwe ll.net" still seems to exist --
it's free. Alternatively, "news.individua l.net" offers a good service for
a fairly low yearly cost.

--
Toby A Inkster BSc (Hons) ARCS
Contact Me ~ http://tobyinkster.co.uk/contact
Geek of ~ HTML/CSS/Javascript/SQL/Perl/PHP/Python*/Apache/Linux

* = I'm getting there!
Feb 4 '07 #6
On Feb 4, 9:55 pm, Toby A Inkster <usenet200...@t obyinkster.co.u k>
wrote:
You discovered wrong -- Google does not provide a free newsserver. They no
doubt *have* several newsservers, but don't provide direct access to them
either free, or for a fee. They only provide a web interface to access the
contents of their newsservers, with a fraction of the features that a real
newsreader would.
Hehe, it has all the features I knew existed in a newsreader, except
this "subscribe to topic" thing Im looking for.
You seem to already have a newsreader -- you're using Opera, which
includes a fairly good one, hidden away in the Hotlist/Panels/whatever-
they're-calling-it-today. Other newsreaders I'd recommend are PAN and
Forte Agent.
Did I mention I use Opera? I do anyway, it was just days ago I made
the switch from Firefox. I found their mail-/newsreader client but
since I didnt know what to type in the server settings of the
newsreader, my search continued.
So you just need a server. "pubnews.gradwe ll.net" still seems to exist --
it's free. Alternatively, "news.individua l.net" offers a good service for
a fairly low yearly cost.
So should "pubnews.gradwe ll.net" go in both Incoming and Outgoing
server fields?

Feb 4 '07 #7
I'm running a website page through BeautifulSoup. It parses OK
with Python 2.4, but Python 2.5 fails with an exception:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./sitetruth/InfoSitePage.py ", line 268, in httpfetch
self.pagetree = BeautifulSoup.B eautifulSoup(si tetext) # parse into tree form
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 1326, in __init__
BeautifulStoneS oup.__init__(se lf, *args, **kwargs)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 973, in __init__
self._feed()
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 998, in _feed
SGMLParser.feed (self, markup or "")
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 99, in feed
self.goahead(0)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 133, in goahead
k = self.parse_star ttag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 291, in parse_starttag
self.finish_sta rttag(tag, attrs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 340, in finish_starttag
self.handle_sta rttag(tag, method, attrs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 376, in handle_starttag
method(attrs)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 1416, in start_meta
self._feed(self .declaredHTMLEn coding)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 998, in _feed
SGMLParser.feed (self, markup or "")
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 99, in feed
self.goahead(0)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 133, in goahead
k = self.parse_star ttag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 285, in parse_starttag
self._convert_r ef, attrvalue)
UnicodeDecodeEr ror: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal
not in range(128)

The code that's failing is in "_convert_r ef", which is new in Python 2.5.
That function wasn't present in 2.4. I think the code is trying to
handle single quotes inside of double quotes, or something like that.

To replicate, run

http://www.bankofamerica.com
or
http://www.gm.com

through BeautifulSoup.

Something about this code doesn't like big companies. Web sites of smaller
companies are going through OK.

Also reported as a bug:

[ 1651995 ] sgmllib _convert_ref UnicodeDecodeEr ror exception, new in 2.5
John Nagle
Feb 4 '07 #8
On Feb 4, 11:39 pm, John Nagle <n...@animats.c omwrote:
I'm running a website page through BeautifulSoup. It parses OK
with Python 2.4, but Python 2.5 fails with an exception:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./sitetruth/InfoSitePage.py ", line 268, in httpfetch
self.pagetree = BeautifulSoup.B eautifulSoup(si tetext) # parse into tree form
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 1326, in __init__
BeautifulStoneS oup.__init__(se lf, *args, **kwargs)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 973, in __init__
self._feed()
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 998, in _feed
SGMLParser.feed (self, markup or "")
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 99, in feed
self.goahead(0)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 133, in goahead
k = self.parse_star ttag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 291, in parse_starttag
self.finish_sta rttag(tag, attrs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 340, in finish_starttag
self.handle_sta rttag(tag, method, attrs)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 376, in handle_starttag
method(attrs)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 1416, in start_meta
self._feed(self .declaredHTMLEn coding)
File "./sitetruth/BeautifulSoup.p y", line 998, in _feed
SGMLParser.feed (self, markup or "")
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 99, in feed
self.goahead(0)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 133, in goahead
k = self.parse_star ttag(i)
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/sgmllib.py", line 285, in parse_starttag
self._convert_r ef, attrvalue)
UnicodeDecodeEr ror: 'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xa7 in position 0: ordinal
not in range(128)

The code that's failing is in "_convert_r ef", which is new in Python 2.5.
That function wasn't present in 2.4. I think the code is trying to
handle single quotes inside of double quotes, or something like that.

To replicate, run

http://www.bankofamerica.com
or
http://www.gm.com

through BeautifulSoup.

Something about this code doesn't like big companies. Web sites of smaller
companies are going through OK.

Also reported as a bug:

[ 1651995 ] sgmllib _convert_ref UnicodeDecodeEr ror exception, new in 2.5

John Nagle
I think this post got rather missplaced, hehe.

Feb 4 '07 #9
In article <11************ **********@m58g 2000cwm.googleg roups.com>,
"Mizipzor" <mi******@gmail .comwrote:
On Feb 4, 9:55 pm, Toby A Inkster <usenet200...@t obyinkster.co.u k>
wrote:
You discovered wrong -- Google does not provide a free newsserver. They no
doubt *have* several newsservers, but don't provide direct access to them
either free, or for a fee. They only provide a web interface to access the
contents of their newsservers, with a fraction of the features that a real
newsreader would.

Hehe, it has all the features I knew existed in a newsreader, except
this "subscribe to topic" thing Im looking for.
If you have My Groups enabled, you can highlight a topic as a
favorite. When reading a thread, click on the star near the upper
left corner of the screen under the subject header. This will add
that subject to your favorites. Then to see your favorite topics,
click "favorites" at the top of the page, toward the right-hand side.

In an email client, you can set a filter that dumps messages from a
list that don't match specific keywords into the trash or an archive
folder.
Feb 5 '07 #10

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