RSS Bandwidth

Scoble reports that Bandwidth usage was growing faster than MSDN’s ability to pay for, or keep up with, the bandwidth [referring to MSDN’s decision to switch to excerpts in its RSS feeds]. This is yet another item in my list before moving to TextPattern.

TextPattern is completely dynamic. Unfortunately, its 403 Not Modified behavior isn’t quite up to stuff. Because it is retrieved via query parameters, some aggregators do not supply an if-modified-since header. This is a bad [albeit arguably correct] design choice in those aggregators. So I need a parameter free url.

While I’m in there, I plan to modify the if-modified-since behavior so that only changed entries are returned in the feed. And perhaps add a snarky, one-item feed for requests that do not include an if-modified-since header (with an appropriately early last-modified time).