My RSS problem is solved I think. The class I was using had a reference to a dictionary that was not longer available, so I modified it to not try to link it and voila it works reasonably well.
On a lighter side, Oracle announced the availablity of Oracle XE, their answer to Microsoft SQL Server Express and Developer editions (edition comparison. So what! The big problem is that it only supports 4GB of data(FAQ)! For 2006, that's small. Maybe 5-years ago that would have been adequate, but now....so what. One county's worth of parcel data is 500GB. We cover 75% of the state and those data lifts happen anually, quarterly, and sometimes monthly.