I keep telling you…

…that in order to thrive, not just survive, on the internet, you’ve got to master RSS feeds! Perhaps if someone else explains it this time, it will start to sink in…

“RSS or “Really Simple Syndication” is a term used to explain how, instead of you having to chase all over the Web to find the latest stories and news items you are interested in, you get the Web to bring them to you.

This can save you hours. I call it designing your own news service, delivered to you every day or as often as you want.

The “syndication” part of it is like when a comic strip is “syndicated”, that is, licensed to be used in newspapers all over the world. Bloggers and others who provide stories and articles online want more people to read them, so they “syndicate” them – that is, give permission for them to be read where you want to read them.

Blogs (and some other websites) have code in them to make this happen – it’s called a “feed” because it feeds the information to you that you want. How you usually know where that code is to be found is the orange (or whatever colored) icon. And sometimes words like “subscribe to my feed” or “subscribe to this blog”.

“Subscribe” just means that you get the feed and put it into a tool called a “feed reader” – most of these are free.” Source: What’s RSS? — Des Walsh dot Com

Do go to the source and read the rest of the article, but only if you’re wanting to gain a competitive advantage that will help you crush the competition!

Then, if you’re inspired, go back and read all the posts I’ve done on the topic! Hmmm. Sounds a little cranky — maybe I need more coffee [or, I’ve had too much!]… 😉

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Does Vista leave you cold? Try Ubuntu…

Me? I’m tired of poor performance and high licensing fees. Every day, I’m able to accomplish more and more with Ubuntu and you can too…

“This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!” Source: The Perfect Desktop – Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) | HowtoForge – Linux Howtos and Tutorials

Go to the source and read the entire article — it’s worth it. It’s good to know that there are viable alternatives to upgrading to Windows 7…

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Keep an eye out…

…for ‘Cyber Monday’ sales. In case you haven’t heard, Cyber Monday is the internet equivalent of Black Friday. I’m seeing a lot of special offers hitting my inbox like 50% off all software from Zone Alarm [security software which I use and recommend] — you might be able to snap up some great deals today from the comfort of your home or office. Here’s a Google Search to get you started…

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Collaboration with Google Docs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA

Hmmm. I think I may need to rethink Posterous…

I’ve been a fan of tumblr for a long time, but the fact that Guy Kawasaki chose Posterous for his ‘Holy Kaw‘ blog got me thinking and testing this morning. My jury’s still out, but I’m curious. Here’s a video tour from the ‘digitalchiropractor’ on YouTube — forget the doctor content and follow along. I think you’ll see why I’m intrigued — Posterous may just be the perfect social media front-end…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxeFOD5lZ4k
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Are You Jotting Yet?

This free tool is amazing, especially if you’re a busy person who spends a lot of time in the car with your cell phone…

“At its most basic level, webapp Jott is a voice to text transcription service: you call Jott, leave a message, and Jott transcribes it and emails you or your contacts the text. That alone can capture the big idea that pops into your head on the drive to the office, but Jott can do a whole lot more than send you email. With Jott’s built-in links and tools that capitalize on its email-sending abilities, it can give nearly any personal organization system a go-anywhere, add-anything boost. Today we’ve got a quick primer on how to turn your phone into a ubiquitous capture tool that zaps info into all your favorite organization apps by voice.” Feature: Get Things Done Over the Phone with Jott

David Allen of ‘Getting Things Done’ fame says that your mind is a terrible place to store things — Jott can help get things out of your mind and into a system where you can deal with them, but that’s just the start. Read the whole article…

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