what are RSS feeds? taken from wikipedia
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. An RSS document, which is called a "feed," "web feed," or "channel," contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually.
RSS content can be read using software called an "RSS reader," "feed reader" or an "aggregator." The user subscribes to a feed by entering the feed's link into the reader or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new content, downloading any updates that it finds.
more simply, it's like an email address which only receives articles/blogs. it makes reading lots of blogs very easy because you never need to go to the blog page (except for peterdot. you must still come to peterdot).
i don't get all of the peterdot posts / photos through my RSS. wtf?
for security purposes, you will only receive messages intended for the general public via RSS. if you are a peterdot user, you still must visit peterdot to read posts / see photos intended for users only. i apologize for the inconvenience, but that's just one thing that makes you peterdot users so special!
what can i use to read these magical "feeds"?
there are gazillions or RSS readers out there, popular ones being NetNewsWire or even apple mail (which comes natively on any mac). personally, however, i prefer the wonders of universiality by using google reader, which will work on any computer using any web broswer. all you need is a google user name and some know-how to set it up.
how do i set it up?
i don't particularly want to explain how to set up RSS feeds, because set-up is different for every progam. essentially, though, you'll need only to copy/paste the following addresses into some part of your RSS reader, and the reader will do the rest for you.
note: if you use your browser as an RSS reader (safari, firefox, camino, etc), you can hit that orange box and it will automatically add the related rss feed to your safari RSS reader.
wow. this stuff sounds cool. what can i subscribe to on peterdot?
on peterdot, you can currently subscribe to three things:
peterdot blogs, "the endless rants of a lowly peon":
peterdot top five lists:
as time passes and i grow to be less lazy, i also intend to write RSS feeds for comments and wall posts. but why put off til tomorrow what you can put off til the day after tomorrow?