Catching up and paring down

I am slowly but surely wading through the thousands of posts that have accumulated in Outlook since Kathleen gave me a list of blogs that I loaded into NewsGator. For me RSS is the fastest way to information overload. The problem is I'm interested in everything. For the Otter Group this has served us pretty well. Clients like us (and use us again and again) because we know elearning and create successful programs, but clients love us because we're usually already conversant in their business whether it's US Treasury trading, skyscraper design, or computer networking.
But the breadth of interests and experience that is so impressive to clients is not so efficient when it comes to reading RSS feeds. When everything is interesting, even the Wired News excerpts can take much more time than you have, let alone Smart Mobs or Scripting News. I've set a goal for myself of pruning my feed subscriptions to what I can comfortably scan each day and still get my work done and have a life.

Broadcast Builder

“The ultimate idea is that you should get the information you want when you want it,” – Bill Gates. What is Broadcast Builder? Broadcast Builder allows you to create RSS (Really Simple Syndication [or Rich Site Summary, whichever you prefer]) channels & weblogs (blogs) quickly and easily. You can build a channel from scratch or import an existing one from either your own local computer or from a remote resource, and then edit that channel. Broadcast Builder will parse, export, and save the channel for you.

Blogs as Filing Cabinets

Kathleen just wrote about blogs as filing cabinets and I'd like to use mine like that but, as she mentions, Movable Type doesn't have a UI for the filing system so I have to use the one provided by the hosting service. I can use Windows Explorer to view, upload and download files on the host but can't move files around on the host. Plus it's clunky and there's no search
What I really want is integrated search across everything on my computer – email, documents of all types, and RSS feeds. And I think I've found it.
There was an article in the Boston Globe last week about new tools to replace the rather poor file search capability built into Windows XP. I downloaded HotBot Desktop Edition from www.hotbot. com/tools/desktop and so far it works beautifully. It finds search terms in email and documents instantaneously (unlike XP which cranks and cranks and often doesn't find what you know is there).
I still haven't got it searching my RSS feeds yet. I thought it would just do that automatically as part of searching email since I use NewsGator and have the feeds showing up in Outlook. But I think the problem is that HotBot only indexes and searches Outlook's Outlook.pst file and I set up a separate .pst file specifically for RSS feeds so that when I backup I could choose not to backup the tons of unread feeds. I haven't yet found any setting to control which .pst files get indexed.