Aero RSS-Reader
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Aero RSS-Reader

Updated Oct 24, 2004 by Frugus

Comment #1 Monday, March 07, 2005 6:08 AM
Hello. Is it possible to customize this widget to read the news from other feeds other than wincustomize? If so, how can I do it? Thanx
Comment #2 Sunday, October 09, 2005 11:44 PM
It's very easy to modify the widget to read feeds from other sites.

In DesktopX Builder mode, import the Internet Explorer Aero RSS-Reader widget. Right click on the main widget border and choose "Edit Script".
The script editor will appear, and you should see the following on line 9:

http.Open "GET", "h t t p://", False

I've deliberately inserted spaces within the h t t p tag so that the forum doesn't convert it into a link. Just omit those spaces when editing the code.

Comment this line out by putting a single ' at the start of the line so it now reads:

'http.Open "GET", "h t t p://", False

The font should be green and italicised. This is standard VB formatting for commented-out code.
Or instead of commenting-out the line, you could always delete it.

Regardless, add a new line with the following:

http.Open "GET", "h t t p://", False

Leave everything else the same. Click File > Save and Apply and close the script editor.
All being well, the RSS feed should change immediately to that of Google News' top stories.
You can change the feeds from Google, or even have multiple news widgets running with different feeds by changing the topic parameter in the URL to one of the following:

Top News - topic=h
World - topic=w
US - topic=n
Business - topic=b
Sci/Tech - topic=t
Health - topic=m
Sports - topic=s
Entertainment - topic=e

Hope this helps.
Comment #3 Friday, March 24, 2006 9:28 AM
Anyone have any idea how to make it display more than 6 items?

I guess I'm an RSS junkie
Comment #4 Monday, October 23, 2006 2:04 PM
DX builder crash on export at work. No help right now, sorry.
Comment #5 Tuesday, October 31, 2006 12:32 PM
This is a great simple RSS feeder! Thanks.

Re #3
I was tweaking around in the script and you can

Change the amount of stories in this line:

If storycount > 6 Then storycount = 6

You would need to clone one of the text objects for each additional headline. You'd also need to extend the size of the background object.

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