With Google Reader being discontinued and everyone looking for alternatives I’ve decided to look for a little less “standard” solution, and hey, it turns out Emacs can be a pretty powerful RSS reader.
News Ticker is a built-in Emacs feed reader that doesn’t get much attention for some reason. It is feature-rich, handles both RSS 2.0 and Atom feeds and has quite a bunch of tweakable options.
Here’s a simple setup to start with:
(require 'newsticker) ; W3M HTML renderer isn't essential, but it's pretty useful. (require 'w3m) (setq newsticker-html-renderer 'w3m-region) ; We want our feeds pulled every 10 minutes. (setq newsticker-retrieval-interval 600) ; Setup the feeds. We'll have a look at these in just a second. (setq newsticker-url-list-defaults nil) (setq newsticker-url-list '("...")) ; Optionally bind a shortcut for your new RSS reader. (global-set-key (kbd "C-c r") 'newsticker-treeview) ; Don't forget to start it! (newsticker-start)