Posted by: Anonymous
on September 03, 2007 03:36 PM
I agree with the comments about ads. Somehow I left the last paragraph off the copy I submitted to Linux.com. It should have read:
From the good citizen department - many cartoonists make a living from the cartoons you will enjoy using this method, but this cuts off their methods of revenue. Several of them offer memberships on their website. If a paid membership is available for the cartoons you enjoy, I would encourage you to take advantage of this method of giving back to the artists who provide this entertainment for you. Also, do not give access to your web server to the outside world. Most cartoonists have strict rules against distributing their comics without permission. Normally this is not a problem if your computer is behind a router.
IANAL, but I don't think there would be a problem with making the comics available on a private intranet in your own home. I download the comics on my mythtv backend server, which is on all the time, but I read them from my laptop.
As far as the rss output, I had never tried that. From first glance it appears that you would still need to do some processing to get the actual comics on one page. Also, I have not found an rss reader that will read the file directly from the hard drive - they all want an http address. Maybe somebody can provide more details if I am wrong. On the other hand, if you don't want to run a full web server and have the convenient calendar access to archives, you can access the raw html files directly with any browser.