Webmaster Mary Ann Clark has posted an informative piece on cookies by John Clark on the www.pmug.us site. Go to Benefits > Tips 'N Tricks to find this new article and nine other helpful pieces.
To keep up to date, click on RSS on the PMUG home page menu. It will set you up with PMUG listing on NetNewsWire. When that opens click to Refresh All, so the latest comes up. On this blog you scroll down to Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) and click.
An article http://www.zdnet.com/google-reader-its-not-you-its-us-7000012626/ mentioned that Google Reader is to close down on July 1, 2013. Another article lists some alternatives http://www.zdnet.com/goodbye-google-reader-here-are-five-rss-alternatives-7000012604/. How important is that?
Querying Jim Hamm brought this, "If I had something constructive to say, I would. Some time ago I used to use an RSS feed quite often -- it may have been Google Reader, but I don't remember for sure. For some reason -- and I don't recall why -- I got away from using an RSS feed, and haven't used one for some time. It may have been when I upgraded my OS the RSS feed didn't carry over, I didn't notice, and slowly forgot about an RSS feed altogether.
Prez Art Gorski suggests you try this:
Mountain Lion no longer supports RSS feeds in either Mail or Safari, but John Carter to the rescue. He offers this description and solution: "If you are currently subscribed to either the PMUG website RSS or the Newsletter RSS, you should consider one of the many alternatives for receiving RSS feeds.
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Changes? Oh, yes. Jim Hamm must be frowning as he sends us this: "Here are a couple of articles: One and the other one, describing changes coming in Mountain Lion. I'm gonna miss the RSS feed into Mail, which I presently use quite a bit. He quotes this part, "Look to the right, and you may notice Safari’s first major missing feature: RSS. It looks as though Really Simple Syndication was just not simple enough for Apple; the company has excised RSS entirely from Safari (and from Mail as well), leaving feed-parsing to external applications such as NetNewsWire or Reeder. If you have such a program installed and attempt to type in or click on a 'feed://' address, Safari will automatically punt you to your respective program;
otherwise, it displays an error."
Jim has two comments, "Darn! I liked having the RSS feed available in Mail. This is 'progress'?" However, he goes on to say, "A new feature in Mail is the ability to designate an email from a particular sender--such as 'Moi'--as a VIP...(grin)."
What? you say as you read the title here. Yes, we need to consider the possibilities of Google+ and RSS and Twitter. Jim Hamm provides this article with simple instructions. Go to MakeUseOf newsletter and scroll down to to learn the latest. Jim explains, "I'm not much of a user of Google+ yet, but it might be interesting to see if posts to Google+ would appear via RSS in Google Reader, which I use a lot."
Here's a Computerworld look at the many features of the new Google+ which declares it will replace email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, blogging, RSS, Gmail and email newsletters. The writer says that spammers can't copy, retain and sell your email address. He says the term "social networking" is not an adequate term for Google+. Jim Hamm sent us this info. Just now (7-12) this PCWorld article tells about security risk issues involving an app that allows Firefox and Chrome users to view Facebook data within Google+.
If it's logical, easy, and fun --- then it's Mac! You want to keep up with the latest. When you click on RSS you will be notified in your list of email. Here's where you select RSS for the newsblog. Click to enlarge the screen shot.
Here's where you select RSS to get John Carter's posting to www.pmug.us
And this is how it comes up in my email list in Mail. Try it for yourself, and keep up with your PMUG.
Can RSS make life easier for you? De Prez Allen Laudenslager to the rescue! He says, "For those of us that want to keep up with some blogs (like the PMUG blog!) regularly, an RSS reader, (standing for Really Simple Syndication) makes life so much easier. I use NetNewsWire which is free (click to see download page with screen shots), but Google has a browser based RSS reader and there are others.
"I usually find a blog as a link from an article or a different blog and it opens in my browser. Once I decide I want to add it to NetNewsWire I just highlight the web address and then open NetNewsWire and from the File tool, select New Subscription and that auto-loads the web address into the selection tool, and I can either press OK or change the display name and then press OK."
Updating what we posted on this blog on February 24:Have you solved RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to keep current with your favorite websites? You can set RSS for the PMUG site.
John Carter started us off on Monday with an email saying the RSS feed for the PMUG website appears to be working the way it should now. “After making two updates this morning, one in About Us and the other in Specials, I now see the update in my RSS feed as soon as I refresh the feed.”
I found his earlier email where John offers to help, "If you have any questions about how to subscribe to the PMUG RSS feed or whatever news reader to use, please send your questions." email@example.com
Now, about using NetNewsWire as your RSS feed, http://www.newsgator.com/individuals/netnewswire/ Note that it’s a free Mac download.
Allen Laudenslager tells us, “In response to reports that the RSS button on the blog doesn’t work with NetNewsWire I found that if I open the PMUG blog in my web browser (Firefox) and highlight and copy the URL, then open NetNewsWire (my RSS reader) and lastly click on File and New Subscription a window opens that lets me paste the PMUG blog URL into NetNewsWire. Done this way, my reader automatically updates when something new is posted to the blog.”
Then to further clarify using NetNewsWire when it's open, Allen writes, “Click the Refresh All button on the top tool bar; that should bring in all the unread posts. You may have to highlight the oldest post and then move the cursor up to list them as read.”
Anybody else have comments about this?
The RSS feed in the PMUG website is now working.
(Safari, Opera and Firefox use different symbols)
The next time you log in to PMUG.us, look in the right corner of the address bar. John Carter makes it easy to keep up with the latest info. He explains,
"Please note that sometimes a page will be updated and you won't be able to see any change. That's because the changes may be in the code structure itself and not a visible change. I don't know yet if I can keep that kind of update from showing up."
Perhaps you’re puzzled with RSS, but you’d like to simplify getting news, weather, sports, and the latest stuff.
RSS means Really Simple Syndication, and now a free app, NetNewsWire, aggregates news from sources you choose. And you can link the RSS content on your computer with your iPhone or other mobile reader.
De Prez Jim Hamm alerts us to this very useful app he’s started up with. To get a quick overview of NetNewsWire view a short video at http://www.newsgator.com/individuals/default.aspx Click on “Video” near the top on the right hand side of the “Welcome” page.
Look at the RSS Learning Center, http://www.newsgator.com/rsslearningcenter/default.aspx and you’ll see why this might be helpful to both individuals and businesses. The link you’ll go to to download this free app is http://www.newsgator.com/INDIVIDUALS/NETNEWSWIRE/
You can subscribe to our PMUG newsletter while our page here is open and then opening NetNewsWire and choosing New Subscription from their menu. Our URL comes up, and there you are!
This is a reminder from "De Prez" about PMUG's Newsletter and Blog: http://pmugnews.blogspot.com/ If you have news, tips, tricks or suggestions relating to Apple, Macs, OS X, your travels, or other items of interest, please send them to Elaine at: firstname.lastname@example.org so she can post them to the blog.
Also, it's convenient and handy to set it up as an RSS feed into Mail so that you are automatically notified when a new item is posted to the blog. Just scroll down to the bottom of the blog website and click "Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)." This blog is a handy way for PMUG members to communicate with other members with items of interest. -- Jim Hamm