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    Anyone know what an RSS feed is? If you do, read this!

    RSS is a live feed of information via the web. What does it do for you? Well, it allows you to have "live bookmarks" or the ability to port the information to your own web site.

    Here's a quick and dirty explanation of RSS from "http://www.rssfeeds.com/".

    What is RSS?
    RSS is a mechanism used to distribute news content without depending on the browser or email client. Not everyone agrees precisely what RSS stands for, but “Really Simple Syndication” is a popular choice.

    What are the advantages of RSS?

    In general it means time savings because, thanks to RSS, you stay ahead of what’s new without having to browse every site you normaly visit. An RSS reader aggregates the content for you to view in one place, this saves time and brings you the content like when you're reading a newspaper with the advantage to view only headlines. You're in control of which articles you want to read.

    RSS enabled sites

    The following type of sites are typically now RSS-enabled;
    - News services
    - Databases
    - many web logs (commonly called "blogs")

    More info on RSS feeds here:


    TOOLandFAB.com now has this feature available. What you'll need is a compatible browser or a RSS reader. I'm still new to this feature, but have managed to set up a live bookmark through Firefox 1.5, so we'll start there...

    To add a live bookmark by hand in FF, do this:

    * Go to Bookmarks | Manage bookmarks
    * In the left pane, single click on the folder you want the bookmark to show up in ("Bookmarks Toolbar Folder" will put it on the toolbar)
    * In the Right pane, single click on the bookmark you want the live feed to be ABOVE
    * From the top menu, click "File | New Live Bookmark"
    * Fill in the Name, then for feed, enter (copy/paste without the "") - "http://www.toolandfab.com/forum/external.php?type=rss2"
    * Click OK
    * Close the bookmark manager

    You should now see the bookmark as an "RSS" symbol (the orange box) where you placed it. Click on it, and you'll get a drop list of the latest threads.

    A free reader is available here: http://www.feedreader.com/ I haven't tried this reader, but it is supposed to be a good one.

    I'm working on adding a RSS icon somewhere on the mainpage to make this easier to use.
    Last edited by Cebby; 03-24-2006 at 11:45 AM.

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    Re: Anyone know what an RSS feed is? If you do, read this!

    OK - for Firefox users only at this point, but I was able to add an icon for the live feed to the URL address bar. Orange square with white lines at the right side of the URL address bar.

    IE folks won't see anything in the URL until version 7.0 comes out. I'm still working on the icon...

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