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Some things I'd like to recommend February 3, 2007

Posted by truthspew in iPod, iTunes, Marijuana, RSS, Zune.

First is RSS or Really Simple Syndication. I got introduced to RSS about three years ago. For you IE users, there’s an aggregator called Pluck and for those using Firefox there are a plethora of aggregators, but my favorite is Sage because of it’s simplicity and power.

By now you’re asking, why the hell would you want an aggregator? First you have to answer a simple question, do you look at a lot of blogs and news sites every day? If you answered yes, then aggregation is for you.

For example – every blog on blogspot.com has an RSS feed built into it. For example, the feed for my blog is http://truthspew.blogspot.com/atom.xml – you may have noticed I appended atom.xml to the end of my blog URL. Just place a bookmark to your favorite blogs to the Sage Feeds folder in your Firefox bookmarks. Sorry IE users, been quite a while since I used it or Pluck so just follow the documentation though if I recall correctly it’s pretty easy.

Some of the other goodies in my feeds are to all my friends blogs, how my congressmen voted, digg feeds for tech, science and videos, fark.com, among many others. It’s one place I can go and when a feed is bolded under Sage it means there’s new items to read. Clicking on the title gives you a listing of the article titles and a first paragraph preview. You can then click the article and read the entire thing.

That’s my brief take on RSS.

Next up are podcasts. I know I’ve mentioned Mr. Deity here before and that’s one of the podcasts I listen to in iTunes. Others are most NPR programs (Science, Environment, law, etc.)and even language lessons (like learnitalianpod.com). And if you have an iPod you can sync the podcasts to it. Right now I have approximately one gig of podcasts. The other benefit of iTunes is the shared libraries – no you don’t download the tunes per se (Unless of course you’ve figured out myTunes Redux) you just connect to another persons library on your local network and can listen to their music.

As far as players, all I can say is that I’ve had the chance to play with an iPod and a Zune and I do not like the Zune for multiple reasons, first of which is Microsoft caving to the RIAA and crippling the unit with horrible DRM, second it feels cheap in my hand. The interface of the Zune is pretty easy to use though so that may be its saving grace now that they’re popping up in clearance bins for



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