Blogs offer you a great way to find out what’s happening in the world of technology. You can view a blog through your Internet browser, or subscribe to a RSS feed using a reader (a feed keeps you up to date on new additions to a blog). The advantage of RSS feeds is that you can subscribe to a blog and when a new entry is posted, it shows up on your computer in your reader program. It takes no effort on your part to seek it out. In addition to blogs, you can subscribe to news feeds from all the major newspapers and magazines and even select which topic areas (Politics, Style, Metro etc.) you want to keep up with regularly.
There are two ways to access RSS feeds—online or on your desktop. Online readers, like GoogleReader, offer the flexibility of access from any computer while desktop readers, like FeedDemon (Windows®) NetNewsWire (Mac®), or a Firefox add-on allow for more complex organizing of RSS feeds. With desktop readers you aren’t dependent on your Internet connection to view the feeds.
NewsGator® syncs its online reader with its desktop reader giving you the best of both worlds. When using my Mac desktop I read feeds using NetNewsWire and when reading feeds on my Windows laptop I use NewsGator Online.
To subscribe to a feed you just click the “RSS Feed” link or look for the RSS feed icon that you see in the top left-hand of this post, and follow the steps on the window that opens up. On our blog you can find the link at the top of our sidebar on the right. Finding the correct link is often more challenging on a newspaper or magazine website so looking for the icon can save you time.
Three of my favorite technology blogs are:
Lifehacker. A hodgepodge of tips, download links, and software reviews make your life easier on a daily basis. The bloggers at Lifehacker are prolific so it is easiest to start by subscribing to their weekly summary post on Fridays that collects “This Week’s Best Posts” so you don’t have to wade through a great many others.
David Pogue, technology columnist for the New York Times has a blog called Pogue’s Posts where writes about software, tech tips, gadgets, and technologies that annoy him in addition to his regular column.
You can check out Walt Mossberg’s posts on All Things Digital. As a long time technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, he reviews new technology, points out interesting pages on the Internet, and answers reader’s questions.
Keeping up with technology can be a daunting task for anyone. These blogs will help you learn what’s new while giving you tips and tricks to help you survive in a digital world.