Archive for October, 2010

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

You may have heard of the acronym RSS, or XML, or RDF, or something similar. You, possibly, more likely have seen logos like these to the right, scattered around webpages. But do you know exactly what they mean? RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. What does that mean?

Well, it’s simple… Imagine that you have a list of various places that you visit on the Internet every day. For example, let’s say MSN News Technology page, Chuck Norris’s twitter page, and… your formspring page! Instead of spending the time to go to every website and click your way through to get to what you want to see, you can use a program called an RSS reader to get all of your favorite news in one place. All you have to do is click on that RSS symbol anywhere you see it on a webpage, and copy the link. Then, add it to your RSS reader by pasting the link. If you have Internet Explorer 7, you’re in luck… all you have to do is click on the RSS symbol, and follow the instructions to subscribe to the RSS “feed.”

There are also RSS feed readers for iPhone, Android phones… If you have a Google account, Google Reader is a RSS feed reader which integrates with your Google account!

So, once again, RSS feeds are a way for you to get all of your favorite information and news in one place, without having to go to 50 million websites to get it! I dare you to take the effort and give it a try… Heck, even add the MaxKelley.com RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/maxkelleydotcom) so you can keep up with the latest tech tips!

If you’re still confused, try “RSS for Total Newbies,” by Waldo Jaquith.

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a big world out there, and there’s always new and exciting things being discovered, created, and the like. A massive amount of information, to be sure! If you’re not a fan of conventional news services, and you’re looking for something that appeals more to your interests, digg might be the thing for you. digg has been around for a while, but there’s still some people who don’t know about it, or just haven’t jumped on the digg bandwagon yet. The way it works is fairly simple: people (that means possibly you!) submit links to stories or webpages to digg, where people then vote on them. If you “dig” the link, and think it’s pretty groovy, go ahead and click “digg.” The stories that get the most diggs get promoted to the front page, where everyone can view them. What this means to you is that you can select a specific category (or categories) of news, such as sports, entertainment, technology, world news, and plenty of others, so you can hear about the latest news about things that you actually care about! Give it a try at digg.com.

Facebook ha hecho un Ups!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

This is why I love having my Facebook account in Spanish…

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

As you may or may not know, I love my music! I also love websites like last.fm and Pandora that help me find new music. But suppose you already know what you want to listen to… just need someplace or something to listen to it from? Sure, Youtube works OK for this purpose a lot of the time, but sometimes the quality is sort of iffy. Last.fm sometimes has the full tracks, and Pandora plays full tracks with good quality, but only when it wants to! What is one to do? Well, an avid tech tip fan who calls himself “Emperor Mengsk” sent an email to me suggesting that I try Grooveshark.com. So, with nothing else to do last night, I loaded up the site and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s awesome! Just put in the name of the song or artist you want to listen to, and it just works. You can create custom playlists of songs to listen to, and it just works. No commercials or anything of the sort. Try it, and thank you Emperor!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Are you a TV fanatic? Just can’t get enough of Glee, or maybe South Park, or Jersey Shore, or whatever show it is you watch? If you’re one of those people who will stop breathing if they miss an episode, hope has I arrived! Sidereel.com is a website which has links to full video episodes of your favorite shows, movies, etc. Just type in the name of a show you want to watch, and Sidereel will give you a list of episodes, and then various links to videos of that episode. No longer do you have to mess around with each television network’s website or anything of the sort… Just go to Sidereel.com and watch all your favorites in one place! If you’re a diehard TV fan, Sidereel even has TV listings so you can know when your shows are aired.

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