What is RSS? (answer: something which will save you time)

sharpreaderRSS is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs.
They are used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content.
This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel.

What do I use it for?
To save time, it used to take me two hours to scan assorted websites, and blogs. Now it takes me 15 minutes.

An example of this is say if I wanted to see if HillBilly Mansion had a new post. In the past, I’d surf to hillbillymansion.blogspot.com and have a look.
Now SharpReader does this for me automagically.
(the post in the screenshot is HillBilly Mom talking about HH’s New Pillow, and yes, it is more interesting than it sounds)

What “work use” do I use it for?
Well I review these feeds each day:

Microsoft Security Centre Response Blog
http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/rss.aspx
SANS Internet Storm Centre
http://images.dshield.org/rssfeed.xml
Are there problems with it?
Yep, if the feed is broken, you need to visit the website manually *sigh*
On a positive note, only ever found one of those.

SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities (includes BugTraq)
http://www.securityfocus.com/rss/vulnerabilities.xml

You can get SharpReader here.

Update: 100 Cool Things You Can Do With RSS

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