Headlines Plugin


This plugin displays RSS and ATOM feeds from news sites. Use it to build news portals that show headline news.

Note: Syndic8.com ( http://www.syndic8.com/ ) is a good site listing many RSS feeds.

Syntax Rules


Parameter Explanation Default
"..." source of RSS feed; this can be an url (starting with http) or a web.topic location for internal feeds None; is required
href="..." (Alternative to above) N/A
refresh="60" Refresh rate in minutes for caching feed; "0" for no caching Global REFRESH setting
limit="12" Maximum number of items shown Global LIMIT setting
header Header. Can include these variables: - $channeltitle, $title: title of channel (channel.title)
- $channellink, $link: link of channel (channel.link)
- $channeldescription, $description: description (channel.description)
- $channeldate, $date: publication date of the channel (channel.pubDate)
- $rights: copyrights of the channel (channel.copyright)
- $imagetitle: title text for site (image.title)
- $imagelink: link for site (image.link)
- $imageurl: URL of image (image.url)
- $imagedescription: description of image (image.description)
Global HEADER setting
format Format of one item. Can include these variables:
- $title: news item title (item.title)
- $link: news item link (item.link)
- $description: news item description (item.description)
- $date: the publication date (item.pubDate, item.date)
- $category: the article category (item.category)
Global FORMAT setting

The header and format parameters might also use variables rendering the dc, image and content namespace information. Note, that only bits of interest have been implemented so far and those namespaces might not be implemented fully yet.

Rendering the dc namespace

The following variables are extracting the dc namespace info, that could be used in header and format. Nnote, that some of the variables are already used above. This is done by purpose to use different feeds with the same formating parameters. If there's a conflict the non-dc tags have higher precedence, i.e. a <title> content </title> is prefered over <dc:title> content </dc:title> .

  • $title: channel/article title (dc:title)
  • $creator: channel creator (dc:creator)
  • $subject: subject text; this will also add an image according to the subject hash list, see above (dc:subject)
  • $description: ... (dc:description)
  • $publisher: the channel/article publisher (dc:publisher)
  • $contributor: ... (dc:contributor)
  • $date: ... (dc:date)
  • $type: ... (dc:type)
  • $format: ... (dc:format)
  • $identifier: ... (dc:identifier)
  • $source: ... (dc:source)
  • $language: ... (dc:language)
  • $relation: ... (dc:relation)
  • $coverage: ... (dc: coverage)
  • $rights: ... (dc: rights)

Rendering the image namespace

An image:item is converted into an <img> tag using the following mappings:

  • src: image url (rdf:about attribute of the image.item tag)
  • alt: image title (title)
  • width: image width (image:width)
  • height: image height image:height)

Rendering the content namespace

The variable $content is refering to the <content:encoding> content </content:encoding>.


Slashdot News


  header="*[[$link][$title]]:* $description" 
  format="$t* [[$link][$title]]"
to get the latest Slashdot news as a bullet list format:

Business Opportunities Weblog


%HEADLINES{"http://www.business-opportunities.biz/feed" limit="3"}%

to get the latest postings on the "Business Opportunities" weblog:

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:16:31 +0000
The original blog about business opportunities and business ideas for small business entrepreneurs
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:16:31 +0000 Bizop Team

Cryptocurrency: What It Is and How It Can Help Your Business

Cryptocurrency is digital currency that operates independently of governments or a central bank. It is encrypted so as to regulate the generation of coins and verify transfers of funds.

You’ve likely heard of the most important ones: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. There are also Litecoin, Dash, Ripple, and IOTA, as well as others.

If you have been struggling to raise funds for your startup, trading in cryptocurrency could provide a solution for you. If you’d like to know more, keep reading.




How Does It Work?

Cryptocurrencies are based on what is called “blockchain” technology, Bitcoin’s major contribution to the field. Blockchain technology minimizes the risk of hacking. That’s because multiple servers continuously record every transaction that has ever been executed.

However, while some cryptocurrencies operate with integrity, others are little more than Ponzi schemes.  If you choose to trade in cryptocurrency, therefore, do your homework first, and make sure you understand the risks.


Minimize Your Initial Risks by Starting Small

With most brokers these days, trading in Bitcoin is limited to large sums, excluding small traders from the market. One of the reasons for this is that the price of Bitcoin has shot up since its inception, hovering now around $4,000 for one coin. Compare this to its price at the end of 2013, when it traded for around $650 to $800, and you’ll understand the current excitement around it.

These days, however, some brokers are making it possible for almost anyone to start trading in Bitcoin, sometimes with as little as $10. Keep in mind that with small sums you’re not likely to reap huge gains with your initial outings. However, with only a small amount invested, you’ll be able to cautiously gauge the market while you ramp up your activities toward greater profits.

Then, too, unlike with trading in foreign currencies, you can trade cryptocurrencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This allows you to trade them whenever you have a spare moment.


Where Is the Market Going from Here?

The price of Bitcoin continues to rise, and some investors and traders predict it will go as high as $5,000 per coin by 2018.

As a matter of fact, Ronnie Moas of Standpoint Research is quoted as having said: “It would not shock me to see cryptocurrencies go to 4%” of global investment assets.

He continues, “Before anyone laughs at me for suggesting that something like that could happen-just look at what happened [in bitcoin] in the last five years. People who put in $10,000 made $1 million already. It happened already and I think it will happen one more time. We are in the 15th minute of a 90-minute soccer game-and it could go to overtime.”


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Manage Your Position

Most brokers charge only for the spread. That is, they charge on the difference between the asking price and the bid price.

Some brokers even allow you to trade with no overnight fee. This means that you can keep your position with Bitcoin for however long you like. You can even speculate for long-term growth if you want to.

Be sure to set up your account so that you have negative balance protection, too. This will limit your risks to the amount you invest in the trade.



More About How to Control Your Risks

When you trade in cryptocurrencies, there is no expiry time. Therefore, it is your decision when you will get out of the trade. If you are not comfortable with monitoring your trade all the time, however, you can use the “position auto closing” function. This feature will close your trade whenever it reaches certain profit or loss that you specify.

For example, you can set your trade to close when it reaches a specified percentage of profit or loss. Or you can set it to close at a certain dollar amount, either profit or loss. You can mix and match these functions, as well. For instance, you could set to your trade to close when it reaches a profit of $60 or if the price of an asset drops below 30%.


Boon or Bane?

Depending on who’s talking, cryptocurrency is either the herald of a Utopian future or a financial bubble that’s sure to crash. But if you’re looking to achieve some quick returns to fund your startup and you’re not too risk-averse, trading in the cryptocurrency market may well be the answer to your prayers.

The post Cryptocurrency: What It Is and How It Can Help Your Business appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:54:55 +0000 Bizop Team

How to Ensure Compliance and Constant Improvement in Your Business

Making sure your employees are doing what you’re paying them to do can be a problem. Of course you hire the very best people you can find. And then you hope they will comply with your company’s guidelines. However, you can’t watch their every keystroke to ensure their compliance. Or can you?

Interested? Read on.


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Where Can You Find Solutions?

Mobile and offline compliance management systems, software, and tools will help you to ensure compliance and continuous improvement inside your organization.

Typically, this kind of monitoring is done through a business network and allows you to easily centralize the log control through a separate system. This can be a PC, mobile, or any other device with software running on it.

With the help of compliance tracking software, you will control all the processes inside the IT infrastructure. An added benefit for employers is that you will also know if employees use computers for their work or spend most of their time playing games, watching movies, and surfing the Internet.

Nonetheless, the main function of the software is to identify and fix issues quickly, process audits and site visits, and make incident reports. Therefore, both workflows and corporate behavior inside the organization are bound to improve.




Financial Benefits of Compliance Tracking Software

These controls can be used not only to monitor the safety and productivity of company employees but also as a means of managing the financial profitability of a firm. After all, an inefficient worker who continually uses intellectual corporate resources for personal purposes costs your business both time and money. In this case, using a tracker can help in the production process as well as protect the quality of the services provided.


Digital Work Logs

Logging of work activities is another great feature of compliance tracking software. The journal registers all the actions the employee has performed. This information helps managers to better organize effective workflow. Because they can identify idle times, whether these times are due to the incompetence of a specialist or to the inappropriate distribution of tasks. In other words, compliance tracking software can greatly improve workflows and working processes.


Improved Security

On the top of that, you can monitor all Internet activities performed on a particular PC. With the help of modern software, it is possible to track all the activities of employees. In this case, the tool monitors popular browsers, registers all visited websites, the duration of visits, as well as correspondence in any messengers. This function can help you prevent all possible security-related risks and create action plans to remedy security issues. The program also eases the process of incident report creation and automatically sends route reports to the right people.



The Verdict

All in all, compliance tracking software is a useful tool. It can assist many organizations in elaborating the most effective workflows, preventing risks and issues from the very beginning. No matter how big your company is, it will benefit from using such systems.

The post How to Ensure Compliance and Constant Improvement in Your Business appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:52:43 +0000 Bizop Team

5 Problems with Scheduling Meetings (and How to Fix Them)

Few people get excited at the prospect of hosting or attending meetings, but they're a necessary institution for business success. With everyone's schedules packed and the number of participants sometimes in the double digits, scheduling meetings can become a real ordeal.




The Biggest Scheduling Problems

So what are the specific problems that make scheduling meetings such a headache, and how can you fix them?


1. Negotiating the Time and Date

By far the biggest problem is working with your other participants to choose a date and time that works for everyone. You can recommend a day, but find out Johnny's out that day. Or you can recommend a time, then get a flurry of confused emails asking you what time zone that time is meant to be for.

The typical approach to scheduling meetings is to use trial and error, making repeated suggestions for a meeting time until one is finally settled on. However, this wastes significant time and may not leave you with the optimal choice. Instead, it's better to use a calendar app like Calendly, which allows you to select your availability, then display it for others to select their own meeting times.


2. Finding the Right Participants

Next, you may have trouble pinpointing and recruiting the right participants for your meeting. Each new person you add is going to spend the length of the meeting participating, which can quickly escalate the man-hour costs of the meeting if you invite others indiscriminately.

On the other hand, if you invite too few people, you may miss out on some important perspectives and ideas. There's no clear decision-making rubric for success here. Instead, focus on the absolute necessities for participation, and only invite others if you predict the meeting will become substantially better with their participation.


3. Choosing the Right Length

The go-to length for a meeting is usually an hour, but there's evidence to suggest that long meetings only take more time because more time is allotted for them. If you condense a would-be hour-long meeting down to 15 minutes, you'll likely see the same breadth of topics covered, in a similar amount of depth. However, you'll cut out significant filler, delays, and other interruptions.

When setting the meeting time, always choose less than you think you'll need. Choosing more may artificially inflate the meeting length, wasting time.


4. Establishing a Location

How busy is your office? Do you need to book conference rooms in advance? Do you even have an office to host the meeting in?

Scheduling a time for a location is another challenge, but you can improve it by blocking out regular chunks of time, or scheduling meetings to be short enough so that they can be done without a formally designated space.

You might even consider doing ''walking meetings'' for small groups of people, especially internally.


5. Guaranteeing Attendance

You might have to reschedule a meeting if not everyone can attend-but how can you guarantee attendance?

Obviously, you can't, but you can encourage more accurate RSVPs and higher follow-throughs on commitments by giving your attendants more reminders and opportunities to update their responses. For example, you can use Google Calendar to prompt your meeting attendants that the meeting is coming up. This will give them a chance to change their RSVP if necessary.


Other Tips for Successful Meetings

Just because you got your meeting on everyone's calendar and plan on them all showing up doesn't mean you're going to have a successful meeting. You can increase your chances of success with these additional tips:


Have an Agenda

Don't start a meeting unless you have a formal agenda prepared. What's the main goal of the meeting? How are you going to achieve that?


Designate a Leader to Stay on Point

One person at the meeting should be in charge of keeping the meeting on task and ensuring that you eventually get to your final goal.


Encourage Participation from All Sides

You invited these attendants because they have something valuable to provide. If nobody ends up talking, your meeting could be a waste, so make sure everyone participates.


Summarize and Distribute

At the end of the meeting, recap the most important points and distribute those points however you see fit. Usually this takes the form of a follow-up email to all meeting attendees.


Get Feedback

Don't assume your meetings are effective because they work for you. Ask everyone for feedback so you can improve.



A Final Word

Meetings don't have to be a waste of time, nor do they have to be a pain to set up. If you use these tips to organize and execute your meetings, you'll see a near-instant increase in both participation and effectiveness.

The post 5 Problems with Scheduling Meetings (and How to Fix Them) appeared first on Business Opportunities.

Plugin Settings

Plugin settings are stored as preferences variables. To reference a plugin setting write %<plugin>_<setting>%, for example, %HEADLINESPLUGIN_SHORTDESCRIPTION%. Note: Don't modify the settings here; copy and customize the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences. For example, to customize the USERAGENTNAME setting, create a HEADLINESPLUGIN_USERAGENTNAME setting in Main.TWikiPreferences.

  • One line description, shown in the TextFormattingRules topic:
    • Set SHORTDESCRIPTION = Show headline news in TWiki pages based on RSS and ATOM news feeds from external sites

  • Refresh rate in minutes for cached feeds. Disable caching: 0, default: 60
    • Set REFRESH = 60

  • Maximum number of items shown. Default: 100
    • Set LIMIT = 100

  • Use LWP::UserAgent, or fallback to TWiki's internal getUrl() method. Default: yes

  • Timeout fetching a feed using the LWP::UserAgent. Default: 20

  • Name of user agent. Default: TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21
      * Set USERAGENTNAME = TWikiHeadlinesPlugin/2.21

  • Default header: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set HEADER = <div class="headlinesChannel"><div class="headlinesLogo"><img src="$imageurl" alt="$imagetitle" border="0" />%BR%</div><div class="headlinesTitle">$n---+!! <a href="$link">$title</a></div><div class="headlinesDate">$date</div><div class="headlinesDescription">$description</div><div class="headlinesRight">$rights</div></div>

  • Default format of one item: (variables are explained in the syntax rules)
      * Set FORMAT = <div class="headlinesArticle"><div class="headlinesTitle"><a href="$link">$title</a></div>$n<span class="headlinesDate">$date</span> <span class="headlinesCreator"> $creator</span> <span class="headlinesSubject"> $subject </span>$n<div class="headlinesText"> $description</div></div>

  • Values taken from configure: (only supported if CPAN:LWP is installed)
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{HOST} - proxy host, such as "proxy.example.com";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{PORT} - proxy port, such as "8080";
    • $TWiki::cfg{PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} - domains excluded from proxy, such as "intra.example.com, bugs.example.com";

Style sheets

The default HEADER and FORMAT settings use the following styles. See the style.css file defining the default CSS properties (indentation illustrates enclosure).

  • headlinesRss: output of the HeadlinesPlugin (div)
    • headlinesChannel: channel header (div)
      • headlinesLogo: channel logo (div)
      • headlinesTitle: channel title (div)
      • headlinesDate: channel date (div)
      • headlinesDescription: channel description (div)
      • headlinesRight: channel copyright (div)
    • headlinesArticle: one news item (div)
      • headlinesTitle: article title (div)
      • headlinesDate: article date (span)
      • headlinesCreator: author of article (span)
      • headlinesSubject: subect category of the article (span)
      • headlinesText: article text (div)

Plugin Installation Instructions

  • Download the ZIP file
  • Unzip it in your twiki installation directory. Content:
    File: Description:
    data/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.txt plugin topic
    pub/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/style.css default css
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin.pm plugin perl module
    lib/TWiki/HeadlinesPlugin/Core.pm plugin core
    Check if above examples show a news feed instead of variable.
  • Optionally, run HeadlinesPlugin_installer.pl to automatically check and install other TWiki modules that this module depends on. You can also do this step manually.
  • Alternatively, manually make sure the dependencies listed in the table below are resolved.
    Digest::MD5>=2.33Required. Download from CPAN:Digest::MD5
    LWP::UserAgent>=5.803Optional. Download from CPAN:LWP::UserAgent

Plugin Info

Plugin Author: TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny, TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum
Copyright: © 2002-2009, Peter Thoeny, TWIKI.NET; 2005-2007, Michael Daum http://wikiring.de
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Plugin Version: v2.21 - 12 Feb 2009
Change History:  
12 Feb 2009: {PROXY}{HOST} supports domain with and without protocol -- Peter Thoeny
06 Feb 2009: added {PROXY}{SkipProxyForDomains} configure setting, added USERAGENTNAME plugin setting -- Peter Thoeny
11 Dec 2008: added {PROXY}{HOST} and {PROXY}{PORT} configure settings -- Peter Thoeny
13 Sep 2007: fixed parsing of content:encoded
23 Jul 2006: improved atom parser; if a posting has no title default to 'Untitled'
26 Apr 2006: added lazy compilation
10 Feb 2006: packaged using the TWiki:Plugins/BuildContrib; minor fixes
03 Feb 2006: off-by-one: limit="n" returned n+1 articles; make FORMAT and HEADER format strings more robust
23 Jan 2006: released v2.00
05 Dec 2005: internal feed urls must be absolute
02 Dec 2005: added web.topic shorthand for internal feeds
29 Nov 2005: fixed CDATA handling
21 Nov 2005: added ATOM support; extended RSS support; added dublin core support; added content support; optionally using LWP to fetch feeds to follow redirections; corrected CPAN dependencies ; recoding special chars from html integer to entity encoding to increase browser compatibility; added css support; use getWorkArea() if available
11 May 2005: TWiki:Main.WillNorris: added DevelopBranch compatability
31 Oct 2004: Fixed taint issue by TWiki:Main.AdrianWeiler; small performance improvement
29 Oct 2004: Fixed issue of external caching if mod_perl or SpeedyCGI is used
02 Aug 2002: Implemented caching of feeds, thanks to TWiki:Main/RobDuarte
11 Jun 2002: Initial version (V1.000)
Perl Version: 5.8
TWiki:Plugins/Benchmark: GoodStyle 100%, FormattedSearch 99.5%, HeadlinesPlugin 94%
Plugin Home: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPlugin
Feedback: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginDev
Appraisal: TWiki:Plugins/HeadlinesPluginAppraisal

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 12 Jan 2009
-- TWiki:Main.MichaelDaum - 13 Sep 2007

Topic revision: r1 - 2009-02-13 - 03:55:45 - TWikiContributor
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