RSS Reader - a faster and easier way to read feeds and forums...
Perhaps your have seen this:
and have wondered what these
icons mean. They are the RSS Feed icons, more commonly known as a blog.
RSS we see it on web pages, people talk about it. But what is it? RSS stands for
Really Simple Syndication. This is what the Bloggers use to get their message
out. You can use your web browser to read the blogs by subscribing to them when
you see the RSS icon.
Or you can use a news reader and have all your favorite
blogs in one place. The advantage to the Really Simple Syndication Reader (see link to download this
fine program) is you can set a schedule to get all the blogs in one hour, one
day, on week, or one month. Any rss feed will work with the RSS Reader, from ABC
news to Wall Street, there are hundreds of categories you can chose from. Your favorite web site may have a blog, you can keep up
with changes as the webmaster adds new pages or features. You can subscribe to
articles with a rss feed, maybe you follow a certain author and he/she has a
blog, catch their latest article as it is published.
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The Reader is fairly simple to setup, then subscribe to the feeds. Once you
subscribe to your feeds the you can schedule the retrieval of the articles. Set
back an read about what is going on with your feeds.
How it works, once you have your reader installed, go to your favorite web
site, find the xml or rss icon, right click on the icon and select "Copy Shotcut"
then in the program you click on the "+" sign or "Add" button, the reader
will paste the xml code into the text box, you click on next, if the feed is a
"valid" feed it will ask you where you want to put the feed name, once it is
there then you can schedule how often it updates the feed. Happy blogging!
Link: RSS Reader home page
I am rating this program 9 out of 10.
It is a
program that works with almost
but not all feeds, I have came across a couple of feeds that the reader will not
log on to. Also it has crashed a couple of times on me, this may be me or my
system because at times I have a lot of open windows. So if you are a blog
reader or even a poster to blogs this is a fine program with all the features of
the high cost programs, I recommend it not because it is free, but because it is
a well designed and fairly comprehensive rss reader.
Note: The same publisher has a
Publisher, this program
will publish your blog, you should research how to publish and have a site to
publish to before downloading and setting this program up.
Update 08/25/14 - This fine program is still available and does work however the number
of web sites it can access and download articles is diminishing (publisher web
site last up dated in 2011), that is too bad because this is a handy program
that takes up very little space and uses very little memory...
Update 02/24/20 - I don't know why but when there is an exceptional idea
that is nice/easy to use on the web when it becomes popular it seems to get
stiffeled or killed off. The RSS is one of these ideas, other types of small.
fast, easy to use have readers have given way to large, more "features", harder
to use, readers that has had the effect that the RSS feed to read a blog has all
but disappeared from the web. The blog "www.fix-it-blog.net" has a feed but I am
not enabling it, hackers have found a way to get into a blog through the port
that the feed uses... to bad.
Note 02/24/20 This document is still available on this web site for
historical purposes, it shows how far we have came with our digital technology.