Curate to See Broader Information Set

FIlter bubbles can cause information pros to miss important or relevant information. This is how I use a mixture of apps, web sites, and filtering tools to get both focused results and some sense of serendipity in my current awareness and news gathering.

Color Paper by cohdra17 at

Plone 4: Updating Portlet Templates

I don’t recall my first Plone version but since at least Plone 2 I have been using customized portlets. Initially, I started by using the News portlet and customizing it to show other types of content. When I started to try to use Plone for blogging and created a new content type based on News, the News portlet was easily copied to create a Blog portlet. Then I tweaked it a bit to show the new blog content type. When I migrated to Plone 3, I had to update the portlet but it was mostly just additional tweaking. Plone 4 appears to have changed the portlet scheme further, so the numerous portlet templates that I have customized no longer work. Here’s how I recreated the blog portlet using the built-in portlet framework.

Abstract Electronics by penywise at

Convert Excel to RSS

I am a long time fan of macros, first in WordPerfect and then in the Microsoft suite. But I don’t use them as often as I should, nor do I know as much as I should about them. So when I began to look for a way to create RSS-compliant XML files using Microsoft Excel, I figured there had to be some fancy footwork involved. There was – thanks to – but once you get under the hood, it’s a pretty straightforward macro you can hack to your own needs.