Read the feeds

When I first heard people talking about syndication, my mind turned to criminals. G-Men. The Untouchables. The Syndicate. This is something else. On the web, syndication is a way to scan headlines and news stories selectively, and to see more at the push of a button if you are so inclined.

Until recently, setting up syndicatation (RSS, for short) was funky enough to turn off non-geek citizens. These days you download and install a free file from the web, tell it what you want to look at, and it will keep you informed of new items, stories, and blog entries from that point on.

Go to the BlogExpress site. Download and install .NET (if you haven't already) and the BlogExpress install file. Install.

You've probably noticed those little boxes on various sites. That's what BlogExpress feeds on.

Here's the main BlogExpress screen. It's like a simplified browser.

Here's how to subscribe to free content.

  1. Click on the two little guys on the left of BlogExpress's top icon bar.
  2. Then right-click on a and copy the link address.
  3. Copy the address into the space provided. Click "Check." Click "Okay."
  4. Repeat as often as you like. You're "subscribing" to these services.
Here are some samples to get you started:

Select one of your subscriptions. You can read what's there as you would in a browser. Click the green button up top to load the most recent items. Click the orange button when you've read them to clear out the "New" tags.

You're in business! This ten-minute exercise will cut your browsing time in half, if not more.

Not a blog person? Try these:

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