Syndication feeds

Feeds and syndication is an importent component of the open web. I blog about the technology and its adoption, as well as ways to optimize feeds.

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A screenshot of the main window of the Pocket Cast app shown on the macOS desktop. The list of podcasts lists different technology podcasts.

Pocket Casts’ desktop apps are okay

I listen to podcasts at my desk, and Pocket Casts’ new desktop apps (based on their web apps) means I don’t need my smartphone to enjoy them comfortably.

A web server log with dozens of identical requests coming in at the exact same time. The log entries are for a file called “/robots.txt” and from a User-Agent called “AppleNewsBot”. A glowing Apple logo can be seen through the log file.

Attack of the AppleNewsBot

A bug in the Apple News crawler caused it to get stuck in a loop sending 100+ requests/second to websites with HTTPS certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.