Thursday, November 19, 2009

How to Subscribe

You don't need to keep coming back here to check if there's anything new. Let your computer do the walking...

RSS stands for a number of acronyms, but think of it as the headline gatherer. You can use a specialised program to read the headlines, or use your existing web browser [Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox]

Here's how to subscribe
Subscribe to the RSS feed [or Atom]
Mac OSX10.5 and later
Mail [click]
OSX 10.4 users - use Safari

Macs and PCs
Firefox [click]
Safari [click] - see "Using RSS Feeds"

PCs only
Internet Explorer [click]
Outlook pre-2007 [click]
Outlook 2007 [click]

icons - Use these icons to subscribe in your web-browser

On the Mozilla group you can also install RSS plugins - mini add-ons which enhance the functionality and allow you to subscribe and view the feeds in your browser. Too many to go into here. They all work the same way. Locate the feed address, bookmark it and then the computer checks for updates on a regular basis. I've tried a couple an Sage works pretty well, if you think you need to something other than the built-in options.
Plug-ins for Firefox are available [here]. Follow the instructions to install.

Still Looking?
Search Google for "RSS reader" sites for the lists of RSS aggregators. Take your pick!
Good thing about the Mozilla based ones - they're ranked by popularity and other factors.

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