RSS (Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary, depending on who you ask) is a method of delivering up to date news right to your desktop, with minimum hassle. You no longer have to visit this site to check for updates or subscribe to an email based service. Instead you tell your RSS reader (more about that later) to check my site for updates and let you know if there is anything new. You will not be deluged with dozens of messages a day, but every time I add something to the site, or revise an existing page, you will get a short message telling you of the update and presenting you with a link which you can click to view the updated page. All completely free of charge!
So, how do you subscribe...?
Some browsers allow you to subscribe to a newsfeed directly. Simply click the button and follow the instructions:
In Opera, you will be taken to a page of (apparent) gibberish. Just ignore this and click "yes" when you are asked if you wish to subscribe. I assume that other browsers work similarly.
There are a whole bunch of dedicated newsreaders that allow you to subscribe to newsfeeds and manage your subscriptions in various ways. Here is a list of available newsreaders courtesy of Google Directory. To subscribe to the www.patmissin.com newsfeed, simply copy and paste this url into your newsreader:
If you use a personalised home page such as My Yahoo, My Google, etc. you can have newsfeeds delivered right to your home page. Just click the appropriate button and follow the instructions:
Check out this tutorial from CNet.
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