RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a standard based on XML for "syndicating" information.
This means that publishers can create a file that conforms to this format, containing headlines and links to them.
An RSS-aware program can then "subscribe" to these files, so you can pick and choose which channels you get news from.
I use Wildgrape on Windows - the drawback is that it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework installed, but I have that anyway.
Q: What is an RSS feed, what does it do, and where can I get an RSS aware newsreader? /b[/quote]
Found this great site: [url="http://www.bloglines.com/"]BlogLines[/url]
Bloglines is a free service that makes it easy to keep up with your favorite blogs and newsfeeds. With Bloglines, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, and Bloglines will monitor updates to those sites. You can read the latest entries easily within Bloglines.
Unlike other aggregators which require you to download and install software, Bloglines runs on our servers and requires no installation. Because your Bloglines account is accessible through a web browser, you can access your account from any Internet-connected machine.
You can think of RSS as a "smart person's personal web portal." I say "smart" not "poor" because it is easy for an organization to spend scads of money on a portal and become "poor"! [img]smile.gif[/img] With RSS you can get links to news and other content you want along with a brief description of the link, and notify you of new links. An "RSS feed" is required, and you need an RSS reader. I downloaded a free one called FeedReader - see [url="http://www.feedreader.com/"]http://www.feedreader.com/[/url] - and there are quite a few others.
Here is an excellent overview of what RSS is and the value it offers:
Using the RSS feed for this forum site, you can see the last 5 posts made to the Forum, no matter what thread they were posted to. Well done, Gareth. :cool:
[size="1"][ August 15, 2003, 04:07 PM: Message edited by: Mike Urbonas ][/size]