November 3, 2006

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Posted by Stephen Judd at November 3, 2006 10:08 AM
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And thus we come full circle to how many of us started here...

Posted by: Will at November 3, 2006 1:33 PM

Will, So you remember those days? Orrin starting the blog cut my emails in half!

I really did this because many people don't (nor want to) use RSS.

Posted by: The Other Brother at November 3, 2006 3:28 PM

I remember bickering with Orrin via e-mail when he was sitting literally two feet from me.
I don't use RSS because, frankly, it baffles me. Some new technology that the kids are using.

Posted by: Bryan at November 3, 2006 5:18 PM

Isn't RSS an audio feed?

Posted by: erp at November 3, 2006 6:31 PM

erp,

RSS is simply an XML document that lists items, like blog postings. Aggregators, like Bloglines, Google feed reader, Firefox Live Bookmarks, IE7 Feeds, Newsgator, etc. can then "subscribe" to the feeds. The aggregators periodically check the RSS file and see if it contains any new items, which can then be presented to the user.

The advantage of RSS is that an aggregator can be used to monitor hundreds of sites for new material, as opposed to checking each individually.

RSS does support enclosures, which are essentially pointers to files, typically MP3 or videos. Hence, podcasting and video blogging.

I use RSS quite a bit, but I know that many people don't, so I thought we'd make the email subscription available. Incidentally, it just takes the RSS feed from the blog and turns it into an email.

Posted by: The Other Brother at November 3, 2006 7:19 PM

It's how Karl Rove beams the super secret marching orders directly into your brain. I'm not high up enough in the pecking order so I still get mine faxed to me.

Posted by: Bryan at November 3, 2006 7:19 PM

Bryan: It's the other way around; The higher up you go, the lower-tech the communication medium. You'll know you've arrived when you get on Rove's smoke-signal list.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at November 3, 2006 8:35 PM

TOB - Thanks for explanation. I recognize the individual words as being in the English language, but I'm not clear on what they mean as they are gathered together in your post.

If one subscribes to an RSS feed (or all those other examples) where does it appear? Must we have our own blog to receive an RSS feed? I'd have more questions if I understood it better. Can you point to a RSS Feed for Dummies website where this is explained?

In meanwhile, I've subscribed to receive the email and see how that goes.

Posted by: erp at November 4, 2006 9:10 AM

erp,

When you subscribe to an rss feed, it will appear in whichever "aggregator" you subscribe to it from. Aggregator is simply a term for software that is capable of checking rss feeds and identifying what's been updated. They can be part of the browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer 7), web based (Bloglines, Google Feed Reader), or standalone applications (Newsgator).

No, you don't need a blog to use a feed reader, you just need something to keep track of the feeds (see aggregator, above).

Here's an indepth look: http://blog.contentious.com/archives/2003/10/18/what-are-webfeeds-rss-and-why-should-you-care

Posted by: The Other Brother at November 4, 2006 9:35 AM

Thanks. I'll try reading it, but don't promise to understand it.

Posted by: erp at November 4, 2006 10:53 AM
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