July 13, 2007

Subscribing to chicobandido

To subscribe to the chicobandido blog, copy/paste one of the following addresses into your news reader:

Atom: http://chicobandido.blogspot.com/atom.xml

RSS: http://chicobandido.blogspot.com/atom.xml?alt=rss

Subscribing is a term for using a news reader (also called an RSS/Atom reader or a feed reader) that will regularly and frequently check blogs, news websites, etc, and show you their most recent articles, all in one place, so you don't have to go to each site individually, every day.

Internet Explorer 7 (Windows XP/Vista only) already has a feedreader built into it. A number of online websites such as Google and Yahoo will give you a "home page" on which you can put your most important feeds.

If you want to have a program installed on your computer that collects feeds from all over the Internet and puts them in one spot, one example is FeedReader from www.feedreader.com. I like it and used it a lot in the past, but now I'm using a Google home page with a number of blog and news sites feeding into it.

Once you have determined (and perhaps installed) your preferred news reader, you must set up the various feeds that you want to read.

Each blog or news site in which you're interested should have an Atom or RSS address (URL) that you simply copy/paste into your news reader setup.

So, on each blog or news site, look for any of the following terminologies:

Atom Feed
News Feed
RDF Feed
RSS Feed
Subscribe
XML Feed

Whatever the address/shortcut/URL is for that phrase, that's what you're going to copy/paste into your news reader.

The address will usually end in the letters "xml", but not always. Better to depend on the terminology used to describe it, such as RSS.

For example, as mentioned at the beginning of this page, to subscribe to the chicobandido blog, copy/paste one of the following addresses into your news reader:

Atom: http://chicobandido.blogspot.com/atom.xml

RSS: http://chicobandido.blogspot.com/atom.xml?alt=rss

Note that, if you simply click on the link, without right-clicking and copying the shortcut or without copy/pasting the shortcut, you may end up with what looks like a lot of garbage. These pages are not designed to be readable in your average web browser and, even if you can read them (as in Windows XP), they won't send you new information each and every day unless you actually set them up in your news reader.

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