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RSS Screensavers

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
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RSS Screensavers

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge RSS fan and I’m so excited to tell you about RSS screensavers today!

If you don’t know what RSS is, here’s a quick refresher for you! RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s a type of feed that’s updated when a publisher posts a new blog or article on a Web site. With RSS, you can be notified every time something new happens on your favorite sites. You’ll know whether a site has an RSS feed or not by the RSS logo (the one pictured above). Most Web sites have RSS feeds these days, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a few you enjoy!

Now, to view a feed, all you have to do is click on the logo and select which one you’d like to subscribe to. Pretty easy, huh? Now, let’s move on to our feature presentation!

If you love RSS feeds, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to make one your screensaver, right? Well, it is possible to do that and it’s very easy! Some Mac computers come with RSS Visualizer software pre-installed, but if you’re using Windows, you’re going to need to download a program that allows you to set your screensaver as an RSS feed. It’s called RSS Screensaver and you can download it right here. Click on the Free Download button and simply follow the directions to install the program.

Not surprisingly, I like the WorldStart Computer Tips newsletter. So, for my example, I’m going to use the WorldStart RSS feed.

1.) Go to your desktop and right click.

2.) From the menu, click on Personalize (in Windows Vista).

3.) From that menu, choose Screen Saver.

4.) From the drop down menu, click on RSS Screensaver.

5.) Now, click on Settings.

6.) The WorldStart Computer Tips newsletter’s RSS feed URL is http://www.worldstart.com/feeds/cthtml.xml, so just click on the plus sign (+) and enter in the feed’s URL. Press OK twice and you’re done!

Of course, Web sites with more detailed RSS feed headers will have more detailed screensavers, but you can always click on the Preview button to make sure it’s one you’re going to like.

Now, here’s the best part! You can press the up and down arrow keys to navigate through the listings and if you’re subscribed to more than one feed, just press the left and right arrow keys to move between them. If you like what you see, all you have to do to open the WorldStart newsletter is press the spacebar on your keyboard. The newsletter you selected will open in a new browser window. How cool is that?!

Here’s another great idea: you can use RSS Screensaver to check up on the latest news or the most recent posts from your favorite bloggers. The possibilities are endless when it comes to your screensaver!

~ Brandon Zubek

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