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    Mrityunjay Singh

    We invite you to read and comment at the It is a blend of technical data, comments, stories and field experiences.

    Here’s the recent posts:

    Whose Safety is it anyhow?
    Air Quality Standards
    CSB Closes Refinery
    It takes a communityfor Successful Sulfur Recovery

    You can have the posts sent to you by adding this RSS feed,, to your Outlook or other reader. (See instructions at the end of this post.)

    If you are new to RSS feeds, here’s what Outlook Help says.
    Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a way for content publishers to make news, blogs, and other content available to subscribers. You can view RSS content in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

    What is RSS?
    RSS provides a convenient way for content publishers to distribute information in a standardized format. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs such as Outlook. A common example of RSS content is sources of information such as news headlines that are frequently updated.

    The benefit of RSS is the aggregation of all content from multiple Web sources in one place. You no longer have to visit different Web sites to obtain the latest information on your topics of interest. With RSS, summaries of content are delivered to you, and then you decide which articles you want to read by clicking a link

    RSS content is usually text-based, published by a variety of sources but primarily media outlets or personal weblogs also known as blogs. A blog can be compared to an online journal. As the popularity of RSS increases, new types of content are appearing, including multimedia-based content. Sharing this type of content is known as blogcasting or podcasting. For example, some media outlets offer an audio copy of their individual news stories.

    The delivery mechanism for RSS content is known as an RSS Feed. There are millions of RSS Feeds that consist of headlines or short summaries of content with a link provided to the original source. The feeds can also contain the complete content, and include attachments of almost any type. Other names for RSS Feeds are Web feeds, XML feeds, RSS channels, and syndicated content.

    Most people take advantage of some form of client software programs to read their RSS Feeds. These programs are known as RSS aggregators or RSS readers. Outlook includes the functionality of an RSS aggregator.

    After you have added an RSS Feed to Outlook, a folder is displayed for the RSS Feed in the Navigation Pane. When you open the folder, the latest items downloaded from the RSS Feed are displayed. These items might contain only headlines with links that you can click to read the complete article.

    Outlook checks the RSS publisher’s server for new and updated items on a regular schedule.

    The new and updated items are downloaded to Outlook where they are displayed in the folder associated with the RSS Feed. You open, read, and delete these RSS items just as you would any mail message. You can even move, flag or forward the information to someone else.

    Compare RSS Feeds to having your own personal assistant who clips headlines or writes brief summaries of Web content to save you time. You can quickly see which items interest you and then decide which of the full articles to read.

    Add an RSS Feed through the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Account Settings dialog box
    On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
    On the RSS Feeds tab, click New.
    In the New RSS Feed dialog box, type or press CTRL+V to paste the URL of the RSS Feed. For example,
    Click Add.
    Click OK.


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