Should You Say Yes to RSS?

Written by John Calder


2004, John Calder http://www.TheEzine.net

You've seenrepparttar posts on allrepparttar 126388 marketing forums - what is RSS? Should I be using it? What can it do for me? Let's take a look at some basics of RSS, which stands for, alternatively, Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, or RDF Site Summary (Rich Document Format Site Summary). Whatever term used, they all meanrepparttar 126389 same thing.

RSS is used to easily and automatically allow information from one web site to be displayed either in a newsreader, or on another web site. A newsreader is a piece of software that resides on your home computer, and that is programmed to display RSS formatted data, known as feeds, in a format that is easy for humans to read. Other software, including some popular web page generation programs, can display RSS feeds onrepparttar 126390 pages of another web site. Either way,repparttar 126391 feeds are usually updated automatically wheneverrepparttar 126392 content onrepparttar 126393 originating site is updated.

RSS is nothing more than a standard way of formatting data - for example,repparttar 126394 content of your web page or blog - in a certain way. Formatting is done according to a certain accepted standard or specification. For example, there is general agreement as torepparttar 126395 formatting of RSS .91, RSS 2.0, and so on. (Yes, there are unfortunately several versions of what standard means). RSS isrepparttar 126396 name ofrepparttar 126397 standard for formatting, butrepparttar 126398 language used is XML - Extensible Markup Language. XML is a superset of HTML, and is very commonly used for exchanging data between computer systems.

Data formatted as RSS may be stored in a static file, just like an HTML page. But more often,repparttar 126399 formatting is generated by a program when requested. For example, you may make blog entries that are stored into a database on your server. When a human visitor comes to your site, your entries are retrieved fromrepparttar 126400 database and displayed inrepparttar 126401 form of a web page, using HTML. But when a newsreader or remote web site wants to access your RSS feed,repparttar 126402 same entries fromrepparttar 126403 same database are retrieved, but they are displayed in RSS format, using XML.

Making a Career of Sharing

Written by Thomas Yoon


After battlingrepparttar sea for nine years, it's time to move on. That's what I told myself when I first stepped ashore to search for a land job. The decision was not made onrepparttar 126387 spur of a moment but after much thought and soul searching.

While I was working aboard ship, many of us talked about working ashore some day. I heard people saying they were quitting and then much later, I would find them on another ship. My conclusion -- many have tried to quit, but very few have succeeded.

Whenever I see older seamen on my ship, I feel a bit of pity for them. I can feel their frustrations. And I know exactly what they will face overrepparttar 126388 coming six to nine months.

They will facerepparttar 126389 rigors ofrepparttar 126390 sea and extreme climatic conditions, such as huge waves, strong winds, icy cold and hot weather,repparttar 126391 boredom and loneliness when nothing much happens, seasickness and insomnia when encountering heavy weather for weeks on end, and of course, missingrepparttar 126392 home andrepparttar 126393 family as well as missing out onrepparttar 126394 many other things that a normal life can offer.

But it's not really a bad life at all if you are still young. It's a life that can offer many exciting experiences and adventures, a lot of traveling, and sightseeing in places that can be far off repparttar 126395 normal tourist routes. It can be a very satisfying experience. I still have fond memories of my experiences while working on board ship.

When I first started sailing, I collected souvenirs from allrepparttar 126396 countries that I visited. After a while, these started collecting dust and I had to get rid of them. Furthermore, I found that some of these souvenirs were actually made in other countries.

That made me decide to take photographs as my souvenirs. I now have almost 3,000 colour slides of my travels.

What can I do with these? Well, some ofrepparttar 126397 images have been accepted by a stock photo agency, but this is just a small portion of my collection.

I was seriously into photography at that time and even bought an expensive SLR camera with a set of interchangeable lenses so that I could take good quality photographs. I even sold a few photographs to some magazines during that time.

When I realised that my photographs were being published to support articles inrepparttar 126398 magazines, I started to take up writing.

After that my articles were published inrepparttar 126399 local newspapers and magazines. But that was a very long time ago when computers were practically unknown.

Even after I quitrepparttar 126400 sea, my experiencees on board ship made a lasting impression on me. I still wanted to explore new places. I was fascinated by computers when they made their debut in 1987. These hadrepparttar 126401 80286 processor, I remember.

A colleague taught me how to userepparttar 126402 Lotus 1-2-3 software and I was delighted with what I could do with it. I was able to created graphs with this WYSIWYG program.

But computers were expensive and not very affordable at that time. I still had to hammer onrepparttar 126403 keys of my trusty portable typewriter to produce any work.

I moved on to other jobs later, but my fascination with computers continued. Being an engineer, I was very much interested in creating engineering piping diagrams. I learned to do AutoCAD drawings that were very much better thanrepparttar 126404 ones I had to do during my college days with pencil, T-square, eraser and paper.

Later on when I was introduced torepparttar 126405 Internet, my interest practically shot right throughrepparttar 126406 ceiling. There was so much information available. At about that time, I decided to build a boat for myself. (It was a dream that I had been keeping in my head since repparttar 126407 time I took up sailing during my college days.) So I began to searchrepparttar 126408 Internet and discovered how other people built boats. The whole project took about three months of research and manual labour.

The result was a custom-built kayak that was carefully crafted for speed, manoeuvrability, portability, and durability. And specially built to suit my weight andrepparttar 126409 length of my legs.

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