How about you come to visit sometime soon and teach me all of this geeky RSS stuff?
I’d love to go to Horsepoo Haven and train you, but can’t right now, so I’ll give a thirty-second intro. For all of you.
You think to yourself, “There are all these updated resources, but there’s no way I can look them up every day.” RSS feeds come to you rather than you going to the sites. You need a RSS reader: some are free-standing and others are incorporated into browsers. If you’re new to RSS, you’re probably only keeping up with a few. In that case, get a feed reader that’s a part of something you already use: a web browser. The Firefox 1.5 browser — apart from being more secure than Microsoft Internet Explorer — identifies feeds, makes subscribing to them easy, and allows you to see the resource (say, blog entries, but also things like news stories)
Go here to get and install Firefox (Firefox users, add your praise in the comments.)
Once you have it, and you visit a site with a feed — apart from favorite blogs, uua.org and news.bbc.co.uk are good choices; plus see the prior article on emergency weather information — just click the orange symbol, select the kind of feed you want (I’m partial to RSS 2.0 if available) if there’s a choice, and add the bookmark. I add my top favorites to the Toolbar. Pull down the feed, and you will see the recent titles as links. (The image is of my desktop; the blog, PeaceBang’s.) To read an article of interest, select it and it will pull up in its own tab. For news sources, this is an ultra-quick way to sweep the headlines. Neeto.