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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
To RSS, or Not to RSS
Like podcasting and
RSS is a technology that is taking the
Internet by storm. Literally every day dozens or even hundreds of new RSS feeds are being created to serve news to
subscribers. What is RSS? Depending on whom you ask, it stands either for Really Simple Syndication (most
popular), or Rich Site Summary. RSS is a technology that allows a piece of software called an aggregator to
collect content from across the Internet that originates on websites selected by the user. Rather than making the
rounds of all your favorite websites to see what, if anything, is new, the user relies on the publishers to
generate an ".rss" file (called an RSS feed) for the aggregator (or RSS reader) to collect and display in a
In this manner, if you have, say, three news websites, two financial websites, and a
couple sports websites that you surf to a couple times each day to get the latest scoop, rather than spending the
time to actually go to each website, you simply take a look at your aggregator to see if there is anything worth
investigating further. The website publishers are responsible for keeping your RSS feed current.
There are many RSS aggregator programs available - some for free and some for a price. Although generally the
for-a-price aggregators have more features, there the free ones do a pretty good job if you can do without the
fluff. "RSS Reader," for instance, is a Freeware aggregator and handles the basic collection of RSS feeds well. A
screenshot of "RSS Reader" with a few useful electronics websites is provided below to demonstrate the format.
Just copy and paste the URLs into any RSS reader. A Google search for "rss electronics," "rss technology," "rss
finance," etc., will yield hundreds of useful topics, in many languages.
Beginning today, October 2, 2005, RF Cafe will be publishing an RSS feed that everyone in the world should
subscribe to ;-) To begin with, we will include daily headlines and all of the items that make their way into the
Recent Additions column. Those two features are often cited as the most useful features on the RF Cafe homepage.
Additionally, whenever there is a new Factoid or Notable Quote, etc., we will try to remember to include those,
If you have not indulged in the RSS world, then now might as well be your excuse to try it. Give the link
below the screen shot a click and download and install the "RSS Reader," then populate its list with some of the
electronics website RSS feeds listed to the right of the screen shot to get you started. A couple RSS feed locator
sites hyperlinks are also given to provide you with a source for other topics (underneath the screenshot).