Tag Archives | RSS Reader

…Today is RSS Awareness Day?

RSS Awareness Day

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is “a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts”.

The main reason people use RSS is that it allows them to subscribe to sites that they like, and then view that site’s content without actually viewing the site itself. This can be a huge time saver when you’re following a large number of different sites, and allows you to automatically receive new content when it’s available.

For an impressively clear explanation, check out the following video:

To get started with RSS, you’ll need an RSS reader. Many people either use Google’s free online reader, Google Reader, or any of the NewsGator products.

Next, you’ll need to find RSS feeds to subscribe to. Most of your favorite sites probably already have them, so just keep an eye out for the RSS symbol:

RSS Icons

If you’re using Firefox, check the address bar, as Firefox automatically looks for an RSS feed and places the RSS logo in the address bar if it finds one.

Once you click on that symbol, you’ll typically be taken to a site that allows you to select your subscription options. It shouldn’t take more than a few clicks, and then you should be all configured and ready to go.

(If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the DYH RSS Feed for all of the latest and greatest DYH content.)

[RSS Day]

[Wikipedia – RSS]

[Google Reader]


[Feed Icons]

…NewsFire is now free?


After NetNewsWire decided to stop selling its program and to instead just give it away, NewsFire must have gotten jealous, because they’ve just announced that their program will be free as well.

Since NewsFire has no online component, and thus, cannot use your data in any way (NNW went free in exchange for your attention data) I’m not exactly sure how NF plans to make money, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?

Either way, there are now two fantastic players in the free desktop RSS reader game, and that’s fantastic!


…You can fix unresponsive scripts?

Firefox Unresponsive Script

Whenever I use my RSS reader (NetNewsWire) to read Digg and then open tabs for the interesting sounding stories in the background in Firefox, I’m always greeted with an “Unresponsive Script” warning.

Fortunately, the error is just a timing issue, and if you’ve been receiving the same error, then the fix is an easy one:

  1. Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar.
  2. Filter down to the value for dom.max_script_run_time.
  3. Change the value to something higher than the default.

Yes, it’s that easy; and you’ll soon have uninterrupted browsing of your favorite social bookmarking site.

[Via: Lifehacker]

…Rex Sorgatz knows the best blogs?

Best Blogs

Power up that RSS reader and prepare to feed it some new material, because Rex Sorgatz has just released his list of the Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading.

It’s filled with undiscovered gems of the blogosphere, and features sites that are about to explode, so get in on the ground floor and prepare to say, “I told you so.”

[Fimoculous – Best Blogs Of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading]