Category Archives: Feeds

How to Extract Links from Download Sites

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Links are pieces of text that make a web browser useful. Some pages have a lot of links sitting on there. You might want to extract the link, and not all the other garbage. There’s an easy way to do this, you know. You can grab all of the links quickly and easily.

Easy Extract Me frees you from having to extract links one by one on a page. Grab them all at the same time! Copying links one-by-one into your download manager or viewing the source code of the page (and thus deleting unnecessary junk to leave the links there) is a huge time-waste. Save yourself the hassle, and just use Easy Extract Me.

Simply copy the URL of any web page onto the site. The free service will go and extract all of the links for you. All you have to do is sit there and let it do the work. It doesn’t get any easier than this! Given that most of my audience loves to download things – you’re going to love this recommendation!

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The Best Free Desktop News Ticker

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I don’t really watch the news anymore, unless someone sends me a clip of something. I snack on news headlines, and dive deeper into whatever interests me. I like to just get a taste of what’s going on. I don’t know how you digest your news. One suggestion is to use a news aggregator. I also have another suggestion to make, potentially something that can augment your ability to digest the news as it comes in through RSS feeds.

This solution is cross-platform, and runs on Adobe Air. Snackr is an RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window. Currently it checks all feeds on startup, and after that it waits at least 45 minutes between checks of a given feed. This way, you aren’t overwhelmed with items every couple of minutes! You have time to snack on them in between having new ones brought to you.

Snackr sits on any edge of your screen (top, bottom or sides). It scrolls the latest headlines across your screen, much like any news or stock ticker. It tells you how long ago they were published, and where. It also comes with a default set of feeds. You can, however, easily configure it. Remove ones that are there you may not want, and add whatever it is you DO want.

The exciting part is watching the headlines as they scroll by. It only takes a moment to do, and you can then dive deeper into anything you may need or want to know more about. It’s easy, and it’s free! Add to that how configurable it is, and you have something excellent to add to your desktop – and your day!

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How to Get RSS Feeds via Email

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Wicket is one who believes RSS is dead. He thinks that Twitter has replaced RSS as a means of receiving information. Just about every site out there has an RSS feed, which can be delivered to you via your Email if you choose. Did you know that every Twitter user has their own RSS feed? At one point, I swore that Email was dead, and was being replaced by RSS feeds. So it’s funny that Wicket claims RSS is now dead!

Let’s get back to the whole receiving RSS feeds via your Email. There’s a service out there that will easily allow you to add and manage your feeds, and have them delivered right to your inbox. Feed My Inbox is a free service that allows blogs, feeds and news to magically show up in your inbox.

Find the site you would like to track, such as a blog, a news site, twitter feed, or even craigslist search results. Most browsers will display whether there is a feed on the page or not. Find the RSS icon on the right side of your browser. Once you find a feed you would like to subscribe to, simply type in the URL for that site on Feed My Inbox. The service will locate feeds available on that site, and allow you to choose what you want to subscribe to.

After you verify your email address, you’re set. You’ll receive an email each time the feed is updated – but not more than once in a 24-hour period. This cuts down on clutter in your inbox. So, if there’s one update or twenty, you’ll receive only one email with everything inside.

You can also easily unsubscribe to any or all of your feeds whenever you choose. At the bottom of each new update/email, there will be an unsubscribe link. Click it once, and you’ll never receive updates from that particular site again.

Feed My Inbox is a great way to stay connected, and stay on top of the news, without having to go searching for it.

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How to Map the Daily News

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This screen saver is called MappedUp. If you’re using either Windows or OS X, you can use it, just like I do. It will not only alert you to news as it’s happening – it will also show you where it’s happening!

MappedUp continuously tracks several RSS news feeds. These are shown on the World map as either red or yellow dots. A red dot means that the feed was very recently updated. A yellow dot means it hasnt’ been updated for awhile. By hovering your mouse over a dot, you can read the title of an article. By clicking the title, you can go to the website to read the full story.

MappedUp is free to use, and you don’t have to sign up. However, if you sign up (still free), you can customize which feeds you want to have displayed on your map… and even choose specific tags you want the feeds to look for.

This isn’t just another boring news source. It’s interactive, cool and fun! It’s a great way to get all of the latest news delivered to your desktop without boring you to tears. You are in control of what news you get, and when (or if!) you choose to read it.

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