For many of us the first exposure to new technology is during the Holiday advertising blitz. Whether it’s some new game console, PC device or household appliance, the first time we hear about this technological achievement is when the product comes to market. The technologies behind these new products are really not new, and in some cases, have been in development for years, and there’s really no trick to staying on top of them.
It used to be that you had to subscribe to many trade publications to keep current, but now you can use technology to stay abreast of technology. By using a relatively simple method, you can have the latest articles and opinions delivered to you for free. The method I’m referring to is called RSS which stands for Real Simple Syndication. In its basic form, RSS allows a user to subscribe to a website’s “feed” which makes the content available to a RSS reader. Many national news sites, mainstream online journals and most Blogs have RSS feeds available that anyone can subscribe to. The hardest part for you is to pick a reader and the feeds you want.
I have tried all of them. I use Google Reader because it is very simple and integrates into my other Google online applications. When I fire up my browser, it automatically loads in a tab as part of my Home Page Tab settings in Internet Explorer 8, so all I have to do is click on the tab and I have new content ready to read.
The best technology-related feeds are:
- EETimes at http://www.eetimes.com/rss/rss-all.jhtml
- CNET at http://news.com.com/2547-1_3-0-5.xml
- MajorGeeks.com at http://www.majorgeeks.com/news.xml
- The How-To Geek at http://feeds.feedburner.com/HowToGeek
- And of course, The PC User Clinic at http://pcuserclinic.com/feed/rss2/
Once you get up and running with a RSS reader, you can search out feeds in your other interest area. You will be surprised at how much content is available.