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Most of us have no idea what life was really like prior to the invention of electricity, the light bulb, the telephone, etc. Though most of us that are in our mid 30′s and older have all heard the stories from parents and grandparents about how life was ‘way back when’. When there were no TV’s, and you could go to the movies, buy popcorn, 2 drinks, 10 gallon of gas, a pack of cigarettes, a bag of candy, a Ford Galaxy and go to the Dr. and get a new liver for $1.25.
Of course those stories were hard to believe! How the heck did they have time to go to the movies after working 162 hours per week for 43 cents?
However, even we in our 30′s have a hard time convincing our kids how much fun we had playing “Pong” all day, or how we rode in cars that wasn’t even equipped with seatbelts, much less air conditioning.
It is just as hard to convince them how we never saw a real life cell phone till we were married, and even then it was too big to fit in your pocket. Even with the extendable antenna pushed all the way down!! Yep, the kids look at you like you’re from Mars huh?
Well think how crazy our kids’ kids are going to look at them when they tell stories of life before RSS feeds, feed readers and media aggregators. Truth be told, most of us have no clue what the heck they are now! So what do we say when asked, “What is RSS”?
There was a time, not so long ago it seems, that the only way, or at least the most effective way, to keep track of all your favorite websites, as well as keep up with current activities taken place within them, was to “bookmark” the page, and each day sit at your computer and manually click on each individual site to view new post from weblogs and/or headlines from news publications.
Although now it seems as though this was a mind numbing practice, at the time we knew of no better way so essentially it didn’t feel as though that great of a hassle and most web surfers were content with the bookmarking process. Why?
Because like our parents and grandparents felt about electricity, TV’s and microwave ovens, we that were just a short time ago were bookmarking our favorite sites so we could keep up with updates and current events, we did not know any better. We can’t possibly desperately want, or even miss what we have never heard of, seen, or used before.
However, just as electricity, light bulbs, TV’s, cell phones and PS3′s, once exposed to their capabilities, we can never go back and having to do so is worse than having to pay a “whole nickel” for a gallon of milk!
Just as Ben Franklin showed the world that indeed we could harness electricity, Thomas Edison used it to light up a room, in which Bell sat while making the telephone, that quite some years later was used to connect our Macintosh computers to the world wide web, that Jobs and Gates took to whole new levels, just so we could learn about “weblogs”, then “podcasting”, from the same man that showed us that we no longer had to bookmark our favorites, just to keep up with the news we like, when all we had to do was to subscribe to them via “RSS Feeds”……..Dave Winer.
What Is RSS?
Throughout a typical day of browsing over internet websites, it is an almost certainty that at some point you will come across a row of optional methods of following the particular site that you are currently visiting.
Of these options available, one may be a small “RSS”, or even “RSS Feed” button. The purpose of the RSS is to allow users to subscribe to continuous updating formats in which each time a new blog entry, news update, or an audio or video post is published, the subscriber will receive an immediate formatted update as well.
Publishers of content greatly value the benefits they receive from the RSS’ XML file format. Because the RSS feeds are viewed by several different browsers all at once, any content published, then formatted through the RSS, becomes automatically syndicated material. In fact, users and publishers alike commonly call the RSS “Really Simple Syndication”.
However, the actual name associated with RSS is “Rich Site Summary”. The name was given by Dan Libby of Netscape after his revamping of the initial attempt by the company to create the same type of service for its subscribers in 1999 called “RDF” Site Summary.
Libby had tried to successfully duplicate the technology and formats created by Winer when launching RDF. Unfortunately, although Winer’s 1997 launch of the similar feature of syndication through his “Scripting News” had not gone as hoped, mainly due to Netscape’s prior success and name recognition, still Winer had an ace, or actually, an “XML”, up his sleeve.
The New RSS:
When Netscape was purchased by AOL, Winer was all alone on the RSS train. After reworking it several times over, only to improve the format for subscribers’ benefits, not his, Winer developed RSS to carry audio and video so we could use podcasting and watch videos updated by our favorites as well.
The things that cause RSS to be effective, and essentially do the unique things that RSS feeds actually do each and every time a subscriber to a weblog, media outlet, or simply their favorite site clicks that funky looking “RSS” feed icon, are called aggregators.
Aggregators were the way Winer could perform the internet syndicating wizardry that made him, and RSS, so famous and hard to live without. To really understand how RSS works behind the scenes, one must understand aggregators as well.
Whenever an individual surfing the web locates a site in which they may choose to become a follower of the material included upon this particular site, they have the option of doing so by selecting on the “RSS” icon.
Once the person clicks on the button they are redirected to a subscription page that allows them to secure their membership through special software designed in order for the RSS feed to be formatted and read.
The software is referred to as a “Feed reader” or “Aggregator”. It is this software that essentially pushes (or “pulls” as most RSS users refer to the process used by the aggregators) all the published content into a simple, one location viewing area that allows the subscriber the ability to avoid having to go from site to site reviewing recent post, news stories or blog entries, and lets them utilize the aggregator to see everything in one location.
The aggregators, or feed reader, are the heart and soul of the RSS feed retrieval process. Because of the software’s ability to search each individually selected site according to pre-selected time intervals chosen by the subscriber, scan for newly published content, and once new content is found, pulls it into the subscriber’s web browser for later viewing.
Who knows how long it would have been before our generation of “70′s babies” would have found a better way to view and stay updated to our favorite web sites and weblogs, to be honest, had it not been for Dave Winer and his persistence in showing us an easier way, even our grandkids may have had to suffer through a day of sifting through their favorite sites, while being forced to perform hideous and draconian methods of torture, such as clicking on those mid-evil “bookmarks”.
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Although browsers are primarily intended to use the World Wide Web, they can also be used to access information provided by web servers in private networks or files in file systems. The major web browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.
The first web browser was invented in 1990 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. It was called WorldWideWeb (no spaces) and was later renamed Nexus.
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Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge. Electricity gives a wide variety of well-known effects, such as lightning, static electricity, electromagnetic induction and the flow of electrical current. In addition, electricity permits the creation and reception of electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves.
In electricity, charges produce electromagnetic fields which act on other charges. Electricity occurs due to several types of physics:
In electrical engineering, electricity is used for:
Electrical phenomena have been studied since antiquity, though advances in the science were not made until the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Practical applications for electricity however remained few, and it would not be until the late nineteenth century that engineers were able to put it to industrial and residential use. The rapid expansion in electrical technology at this time transformed industry and society. Electricity’s extraordinary versatility as a means of providing energy means it can be put to an almost limitless set of applications which include transport, heating, lighting, communications, and computation.
This role indicates that a URI or URI template gives the main page for a topic (on a particular site). In many cases this will be the only kind of URI that is available.
Biltmore House is a Châteauesque-styled mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned home in the United States, at 175,000 square feet (16,300 m) and featuring 250 rooms. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States. In 2007, it was ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.
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MyBlogLog communities revolved around an individual blog registered by that blog’s author. These communities had anywhere from a few to thousands of members. Communities that are particularly popular, had the most members or that are brand new were
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Franklin is a city in, and county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. It is a southern suburb of Nashville. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 62,487.
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Ewen Cameron built the first house in the town of Franklin. Cameron was born February 23, 1768 in Balgalkan, Ferintosh, Scotland. He emigrated to Virginia in 1785 and from there came to Tennessee. Cameron died February 28, 1846, having lived forty-eight years in the same log house. He and his second wife, Mary, are buried in the old City Cemetery. His descendants have lived in Franklin continuously since 1798 when his son Duncan was born.
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As of the census of 2010, there were
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Many application programming interfaces (APIs) have been developed for software developers to use to process XML data, and several schema systems exist to aid in the definition of XML-based languages.
As of 2009, hundreds of XML-based languages have been developed, including RSS, Atom, SOAP, and XHTML. XML-based formats have become the default for many office-productivity tools, including Microsoft Office (Office Open XML), OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice (OpenDocument), and Apple’s iWork. XML has also been employed as the base language for communication
The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is a framework for representing information in the Web.
RDF Concepts and Abstract Syntax defines an abstract syntax on which RDF is based, and which serves to link its concrete syntax to its formal semantics. It also includes discussion of design goals, key concepts, datatyping, character normalization and handling of URI references.Read more about RDF on freebase.com
The United States dollar (sign: $; code: USD; also abbreviated US$), also referred to as the U.S. dollar or American dollar, is the official currency of the United States of America and its overseas territories. It is divided into 100 smaller units called cents.
The U.S. dollar is the currency most used in international transactions and is one of the world’s dominant reserve currencies. Several countries use it as their official currency, and in many others it is the de facto currency. It is also used as the sole currency in two British Overseas Territories, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos islands.
The Constitution of the United States of America provides that the United States Congress shall have the power “To coin Money”. Laws implementing this power are currently codified in Section 5112 of Title 31 of the United States Code. Section 5112 prescribes the forms in which the United States dollars shall be issued. Those coins are both designated in Section 5112 as “legal tender” in payment of debts. The Sacagawea dollar is one example of the copper alloy dollar. The pure silver dollar is known as the American Silver Eagle. Section 5112 also provides for the
The Macintosh (/ˈmækɨntɒʃ/ MAK-in-tosh), or Mac, is a series of personal computers (PCs) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced by Apple Inc.’s then-chairman Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984; it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface. The company continued to have success through the second half of the 1980s, primarily because the sales of the Apple II series remained strong even after the introduction of the Macintosh, only to see it dissipate in the 1990s as the personal computer market shifted toward the “Wintel” platform: IBM PC compatible machines running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows.
In 1998, Apple consolidated its multiple consumer-level desktop models into the iMac all-in-one. This proved to be a sales success and saw the Macintosh brand revitalized. Current Mac systems are mainly targeted at the home, education, and creative professional markets. These include the descendants of the original iMac, the entry-level Mac mini desktop model, the Mac Pro tower graphics workstation, and the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. The
Dave Winer (born May 2, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as well as blogging and podcasting. He is the founder of the software companies Living Videotext and Userland Software, a former contributing editor for the Web magazine HotWired, the author of the Scripting News weblog, a former research fellow at Harvard Law School, and current visiting scholar at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Winer was born on May 2, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Eve Winer, Ph.D., a school psychologist, and Leon Winer, Ph.D., a former professor of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business who died October 3, 2009. Winer is also the grandnephew of German novelist Arno Schmidt and a relative of Hedy Lamarr. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1972. Winer received a BA in Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1976. In 1978 he received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 1979 Dave Winer became an employee of
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Edison is the fourth most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.
His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison developed a system of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories
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