Geekin’ It: BOTW, How do I RSS?

Last week, I covered what an RSS feed was. Now, we are going to take a look at some creative ways to use them in this week’s “Best of the Week” (BOTW).

Photo illustration by Colin McGann.

Miro is an open-source piece of software created to capture video and sound RSS feeds by the Particpatory Culture Foundation. Think about Miro like a TiVo for the internet, a content catcher that plays shows based on your interests. Two great sources of content are the independent television network Revision3 and the seminal TED talks. To get started, take a look at the Miro starter guide.

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Keeping up with deals and special offers is time consuming, so why not automate it? The websites Slick Deals, Woot, and Amazon Daily Deals all have RSS feeds that are refreshed hourly. On top of that, sites like Cheap Ass Gamer and Tech Deal Digger will make sure that you’ll never have to pay full price for your geeky goods again.

Podcasts are syndicated audio files, like radio shows, that are distributed through RSS feeds. iTunes has an incorporated podcast database with rankings and categories to make it incredibly easy to find whatever you are interested in. On top of that, most modern RSS readers, like Google Reader, have built-in tools so that you can listen to the audio file from within your browser. A few must-subscribe podcasts are This American Life, The Moth, and Freakanomics.