||[Aug. 1st, 2005|01:45 pm]
Into every life a few tipping points must fall. The whole RSS craze has been going for some time now. At my advanced age I've spent sweat learning stuff only to have it become obsolete so many times that I've learned to just ignore stuff until they're on my own personal critical path, or they become so blindingly easy to use that I can use them without thinking hard.|
Well, thanks to Google, anyone can use RSS feeds. If you have a google account (e.g. you have a GMail account) you have a customized home page. In the upper left hand corner is a link labeled 'Add Content.' One of the things you can add is the URL of any RSS feed. Then you can drag a box with the RSS feed around until you have things arranged the way you like them.
So it's an easy, straightforward way to have an RSS feed you can access anywhere there's a browser and web access, and you can get other crap like the local weather as well. The only moderately heavy lifting involved is finding the RSS feed URLS -- a lot of sites have RSS feeds but don't really advertise them. Luckily google search generally finds these for you if you search on 'site:somesite.com rss"
Once again I have to say Google comes up with cool stuff that's very easy to use. When was the last time Microsoft did that?