Whilst the Cape Point Peninsula may be in sight of the end of the world this is no reason not to keep up with world wide technology. If you visit a lot of information web sites (of which Cape Point Chronicle is one) you may find yourself clicking between a lot of different places on the web. You can let the technology do this work for you by using an RSS feed reader, and taking advantage of RSS feeds like the one on this site.
So what is RSS and why should you use it?
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it, as do I.
The beauty of RSS is that the articles are all collated in one place, so rather than visiting the sites, the sites visit you, all you have to do is tell the site that you want to receive the feed and it happens automatically.
The even better thing is that it is completely free! All you need to do is subscribe to a reader, tell it which sites to update you on and off you go.
So how do you get started?
First you will need a feed reading program.
There are a number of programs that allow you to do this; some are completely web based, such as Google Reader and some are downloaded onto your computer.
If you have a windows operating system then I recommend using FeedReader. It is free to download and has the added bonus of opening when you start your computer (you can turn this off if you like).
This means that when I start my computer the first thing I get is an update of news, weather and anything else that interests me, in the form of a list of articles. You simply browse the list and choose the things that grab your attention, the articles then down load in another window (which is the big advantage over Google Reader which downloads articles in its own format.) FeedReader even updates you with a pop up box every so often with what new content is available.
Once you are signed up all you need to do is tell the sites you visit that you want to receive their feeds as an RSS. Not all sites offer the service (which is odd, because again it is free to do); you will be able to tell because somewhere on the site is an icon, usually orange, of a square with a dot in the bottom left corner, and lines radiating out from it (a radio signal supposedly). You can see this icon on the right of the page here- in grey at the top and under the sponsors in orange. Just click the icon and follow the prompts- it’s as simple as that. Cape point Chronicle also allows you to subscribe to feeds through Google Fusion, which is the same sort of thing, however it works exclusively through your Google account, which you will have if you have Google Mail.
Subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking the icon on right of the screen, just below the sponsors’ links.