Shared RSS - Syndication for the Rest of UsWritten by Andrew J. Morris
RSS Syndication or RSS Newsfeeds (RSS Feeds for short) all refer to same thing. There are two parts to process, publisher, and consumer. The publisher produces a small text file in a special format that lists title and address of an article or resource published on World Wide Web. The consumer uses a program, usually called an aggregator to read and display contents of that simple text file, with links to web page. Or consumer may visit a website that includes an aggregator program, and view results as a web page. Members of Yahoo.com, for example, can set their personal 'My Yahoo' pages to display contents of any RSS feeds they select.
That is all there is to it. Simple. That's why some people say RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication.'
Some confusion has arisen because an RSS feed may be used in several ways. Calling it a 'newsfeed' is first mistake, since RSS is used for much more than news. The most common situation is for RSS items listed to have a short title, link to original web page referred to, and a short description of contents of that web page. But other people are including complete contents of their resource directly in RSS feed. So feed may contain a graphic image of a cartoon, an entire post to a weblog (or blog), or complete contents of a newsletter, rather than just a link back to those resources on a web site. Other sites leave out description, and just list titles linked back to their website. And some versions of RSS allow you to leave out title, so long as you have a description.
Speaking of 'versions' of RSS, that is source of even more confusion. RSS began with version 0.90, and was called 'RDF Site Summary' -- RDF refers to 'Resource Description Framework,' method of labeling different parts of file. This early version was updated and changed through various incarnations, including 0.91, 0.92, 0.93 and 0.94, and they began to call RSS 'Really Simple Syndication.' Then someone came along with a different format, slightly more complicated, and called it RSS version 1.0. Supporters of version 0.94 didn't like implication that 1.0 was somehow an advance on 0.94 when in actuality it was a completely different format, so they came up with version 2.0 which was an improved version of 0.94, but still unlike 1.0. Rather than take sides in all this squabbling, someone else came up with their own version and called it Atom, to distance themselves from RSS battles. Someone else developed Blogrolls that use OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language). Most of these formats are either loosely or strictly based on XML, parent mark-up scheme.
Spy Scanners Ė Donít Compromise your PrivacyWritten by Gina Marie Capatar
Spies, spyware, internet parasites are among what they are usually called. These are scouts that monitor your web activities. The work undercover to check on your surfing patterns, spending habits, items bought, they extract email addresses, hijack browsers, steal credit card information. These are just some of things a spyware is capable of.
A spyware is mainly an information hungry parasite determined to gather data from a user or surfer without him knowing it.
The information gathered by these parasites are then sent to originator without users consent. Most often, information gathered by spyware are used to generate ads and pop-ups on userís PC.
Spywares and Adwares aside from being a nuisance and an invasion of privacy can also jeopardize optimal performance of your PC. They can eat up unused disk spaces and position themselves in an inconspicuous location in your hard drive. They can also eat bandwidth, crash your system and oftentimes inflict themselves in Registry or in memory of your computer.
Spyware and Adwares have become very rampant nowadays. Prevent yourself from being a victim of these by:
Being careful of Freeware and Shareware Downloads - Some of these downloads are tagged with spywares which may be unknown to user. Refrain from downloading sharewares and freewares from unknown sources.