RSS is short for " Really Simple Syndication". It is a standardised way to publish frequently updated content, for example: news articles, blog posts, update notices, sports stories, products & software reviews etc.are all delivered via RSS. RSS feeds offer a better way to access the new and changing content you want to see but better than an email newsletter. So why use RSS?
1. Subscribing to RSS feeds and un-subscribing is instantaneous, anonymous, and completely under your own control.
2. You never submit your email address. You give your RSS client the web address of the feeds you want to "follow".
3. There is little or no spam. Nobody knows or cares which entries you read, RSS is efficient.
So how to use it? If a website you are interested in let's say Irish News, so you type into your favourite web browser "Irish News RSS". When the page opens you copy the url address to your favourite RSS Reader, or you will notice an orange RSS button on the page. By clicking on the button you can subscribe to the feed in a number of different ways. One method is to drag the URL of the RSS feed into your newsreader; another is to cut and paste the same URL into a new feed in your newsreader. Simple. So examples of RSS Readers can be either download Readers or use a Website that acts as a Reader.
List of some downloadable NewsReader are: FeedDemon, QuiteRSS, RSSBandit, OmeaReader, and Awasu
Examples of Website Readers: FeedReader, Feedly, The Old Reader, and InoReader.
Loads others available why not check them out at Gizmos Best Free RSS Readers
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Sony Crackle has original content from Sony and programs and movies from other companies including classic TV shows and movies from the 80's and earlier 2000's. It is probably the most well known free streaming site and is available in the US and Australia.
Tubi streams titles from studios like Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, and Starz. You don't have to create an account to watch anything on the site, though if you do, you can pick up watching where you left off if you stop viewing. The A&E channel, Not on Netflix, and Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes are well worth a look.
Pluto TV has a live TV section, and a well populated video on demand library that offers many popular movies. The trending section consists of short, dramatic, viral style videos covering various incidents. Pluto TV has been purchased by Viacom, and it is not clear what changes, if any, will occur after the sale.
Vudu is more popularly known as Walmart's online video rental service, but they have a large array of movies and TV in several categories for free. All the listings are helpfully labeled as free with ads. The title descriptors are a great addition - cast, crew, length and closed captions are some of the listings.
The Roku Channel
Roku is usually viewed as a streaming device only, but you can watch it on the web too. The Roku Channel can only be viewed from a computer. There are movies, TV and a mix of content from other streaming networks. Choose a movie, log in or create an account, pick a movie, and hit Play.
Xumo has a huge variety of popular content both live and on-demand channels including news networks, several popular channels, a selection of sports channels, and a plethora of shows to choose from. It tracks what you watch and offers recommendations based on your interests.
Popcornflix has full-length movies, documentaries, foreign films, a unique original web series plus a section that showcases new film makers. No account is needed to watch anything on the site.
Note: this site is flagged orange by WOT here on the site - checking it in several browsers with WOT brings up a neutral rating with some positive reviews.
You've heard of IMDb (owned by Amazon), but did you know they have a free ad-supported streaming video channel? You can watch free via a laptop or personal computer and all Amazon Fire TV devices. Watch shows like Without A Trace, The Bachelor, Groundhog Day, and movies like Legends of the Fall, Les Misérables and Legally Blonde for free.
Stremio is a content aggregator, streaming service, and torrent client all rolled into one.
It keeps track of movies, series or videos you didn’t finish, lets you continue watching them and makes recommendations based on viewing habits. It is cross platform and has torrenting capabilities, with options for viewing in English, Portuguese and French. Downloads are available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
Classic Cinema Online
Classic Cinema Online focuses on older, classic content. Choose from Serial, Silent Films, and Movie Billboard categories or scroll to find titles. There are classics like Casablanca, Curly Top, Pinoccio, Jane Eyre, and more.
Big Five Glories
Big Five Glories refers to major motion picture production companies during Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930's and 1940's; the “Big Five”: 20th Century Fox, RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Watch productions from these studios and other companies or independent producers. Movies are all in the public domain.
Retrovision features older, public domain, free streaming films (much like Big Five Glories and Classic Cinema). There are classic videos like Bonanza, Flash Gordon, Dragnet, Godzilla and The House on Haunted Hill.
Other interesting sites:
Moving Image Archive
The Internet Archive lets you download or listen to free movies, films, and videos. This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users and ranging from classic full-length films, daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
Library of Congress National Screening Room
The Library of Congress lets you stream hundreds of free films.The Library of Congress National Screening Room showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection, designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain, freely accessible to the viewers worldwide. These films reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times and may contain content offensive to users. The Library of Congress doesn't endorse the views expressed in these movies.
(and other space live streams)
Keep up with everything that's going on at NASA. Shuttle launches, documentaries and the HD ISS (International Space Station) Views.
You can watch NASA TV on other platforms: YouTube.com/NASA
Here are some other space live streams you can watch:
Blue Origin: YouTube
Virgin Galactic: YouTube
European Space Agency: Livestream.com
The Kids Should See This
The Kids Should See This is a collection of child-safe videos that people of all ages will enjoy. Science, Technology, Space, Animals, Nature, Food, DIY, Music, Art and Animation are the categories that "smart videos for curious minds of all ages" can enjoy. This is a site that almost anyone can find something to enjoy. There is so much interesting high quality content that is well sourced with great presentation, for example, Walt Disney animators showing how to draw Tigger and Winnie the Pooh. Some of it is for younger kids but much of it will appeal to all ages.
Hoopla and Kanopy let you stream movies via US state libraries. If your local library has either or both of these services, all you need is a library card. There are tons of content on both services, though Hoopla offers ebooks and music in addition to movies.
Ok, i am on a mission to try and stop the use of single use plastics in my household. So far i have stopped buying washing stuff for clothes in capsules and plastic containers. I now buy washing power in a cardboard box, such as Bold, Persil or Surf. Of these i find the Bold the best for nice smelling, getting rid of stains and good value. A cardboard box with over 90 washes works out at about €16.99... good value. I also have my scoop measured for the minimum allowed as we use way too much washing power in our clothes..
I have also stopped using the so called bio bags for my compose bin in the house. I have a bigger compose bin up the yard that i empty my small house hold one into. I have often gotten some nice compose from it. But lately i have noticed that even though it says biodegradable on the bags i put into the mini compose bin i am finding bits of the bags in my compose. So i picked up a nice Addis mini compose bin with an inner liner that can be removed to take up to big compose and washed. It easily fits under the sink and its the business. See image on left. I picked it up in Aldi for about €6.99.
Next i am going to reduce my cream hand washing soap. Pity we can't go to a retail store and fill our own glass bottles from a big glass gallon from the store. So I looked on line to see if i can purchase a bar of soap grater. As i can go through a single use 500 ml plastic squirt bottle within a week or two. I found the item in the photo below, this feature is a very cool retro-modern gadget called Soap Flakes, created by Swiss artist/designer/inventor Nathalie Stämpfli. See picture below...pretty cool huh? I do believe we have something like it on our trains toilets !! but the soap hidden of course.
Now the problem is I can't find it to purchase!! honest to God....Unfortunately, it seems it was a prototype she launched which means it may or may have not been funded to production. Still, if more and more people request this item, it's possible it could find itself on shelves! There was also another hand held one she had designed, the picture is below: Also non available of course....
Now i don't know about you but that looks very like a cheese grater that i have seen selling on ebay!! humm.. See the image below which i found on ebay for €6...
This is described as "Cheese Mill Grinder Grater Slicer Shredder Fine Coarse Hand Kitchen Tool +Blades". Looks pretty close to the soap grater to me!! It also come with different attachments, so there is sure to be one grater that will but suitable.....hopefully!. So looked for it a bit closer to home, but again no sign and the only one that showed up is from China. Now nothing wrong with ordering from China but it can take months to arrive!!! Anyway i have ordered one so I can let you know whats it like when i get it.....
Meanwhile i still have loads of single use plastic bottles I much rather not use.. So once again while i am waiting for the turn up of the cheese grater...errr..soap grater. So then i made the discovery of : How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap. Hello hello, this looks interesting. Apparently all you need is 8 oz bar soap, some glycerin, and water – super easy! Here in Ireland we had the glycerin in the cooking area of the shops to stop icing sugar getting too hard. The author did say "The glycerin is mostly for moisturizing purposes and can be omitted if you want. I’ve made the soap without it and it was totally fine." So after reading the article I am going and try and melt up a batch and put them in to a container and then transfer it to my glass soap dispenser. In case the article did not open for you here are the list of "ingredients".
8 oz. bar of soap (could be 1, 2, or even 3 bars, depending on the kind)
2 T. glycerin
1 gallon (16 cups) water
Container(s) to hold the soap
What To Do:
Put water in a large pot.
Grate the soap bar(s) and add to the water. (If you don’t have a grater, just chunk it up very small)
Add the glycerin.
Heat the soap mixture on medium heat until all the soap is dissolved, about 15 minutes. (Longer if your soap is chunked, instead of grated)
Once dissolved, take off the heat and let it rest for 12-24 hours.
Beat with a hand mixer, adding more water to achieve desired consistency. (Mine was pretty runny as is, so I just skipped adding the water). This is also where you’d add any essential oils if you want.
Once you’ve mixed it well, just pour it into your container(s) using a funnel.
That’s it! I turned 2 bars of Dove soap (€2 in Deals) into 1 gallon of body wash/hand soap.
I will give an account on how "that" worked out.. Please let me know how anyone else got on with their own home made cream soaps...And what you did to "improve" it...
i still thing the "cheese/ soap grater" would be less time consuming but at least its another option of reducing my single use of plastic.
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Read these and you will be well prepared to protect your computer against hackers and cyber criminals.
1. What is two-step authentication?
With databases being broken into and passwords stolen all the time, complex passwords are no longer a sufficient security measure. An additional defense is “two-step authentication”. This helps protect your account from unauthorized access if someone manages to steal your password. This article explains how it works.
2. Ad injection and you - how adware gets on your computer
Microsoft discussion of how you get tricked into downloading adware or worse.
3. Different Kinds of Malware Explained
Malware is a commonly used catch-all term for any type of harmful software but there are many different kinds. Viruses, worms, Trojan horses and a variety of other bad stuff are explained in this article.
4. Buffer Overflow Basics
The most common type of security weakness is something called “buffer overflow”. A major portion of malware attacks target this weakness. This article explains what buffer overflows are and how malware uses them.
5. What is a DDoS attack?
We constantly hear about some website being attacked and taken off the air by hackers using DDoS. If you ever wondered what a DDos attack involves, this article explains.
6. How to protect your Windows XP system after April 2014
There are still many users of Windows XP. What to do when Microsoft discontinues security updates? This article gives some answers. One excellent security measure to consider is also discussed in link 11 given below.
7. Free Network Sniffers, Analyzers and Stumblers
A collection of free software for analyzing who’s doing what on your network. Programs for Windows, Mac, Linux, and even Android.
And let’s not forget the formidable assembly of security information right here at Gizmo’s. Pay attention to what is said in the articles linked below and you will be well armed against attempts to invade your computer. Here are just a few from the outstanding selection of security articles that are available on our site.
8. How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous
These days you never know what might be on a website. This article gives clear and detailed explanations of how to check out a website.
9. How to Stay Safe While Online
Step-by-step procedures for making your computer safe
10. What Else Have You Just Downloaded?
It’s all too common these days – downloads are bundled with stuff you don’t want or try to install things you didn’t ask for. This article tells you what to watch out for.
11. An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie
Over the years, I have recommended Sandboxie to many people. A typical reaction is, “It sounds very interesting but it’s too complicated for me.” This article removes that excuse. With the clear explanations that are given there, almost anybody can set up the really powerful defense provided by Sandboxie. I especially recommend Sandboxie to those who wish to continue using Windows XP.
12. Safe Computing in Under an Hour
A quick way to get your PC ready for the dangerous world out there.
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But what exactly is RSS? Why should you be interested?
RSS is a mechanism by which web sites and other internet-based systems publish information feeds. For example, most newspapers ( Kerryman, Independent etc.) with an online presence publish a number of RSS feeds on various topics, containing details of stories. There are literally hundreds of thousands of feeds available. To read these feeds, which are generally free, all you need to do is to subscribe to the feeds you're interested in, and get yourself some RSS feed reader software such as InoReader, or Feedly.com
When you vist a web site that offers an RSS feed you're interested in, click on the link to that feed and then copy its address into the "subscribe" box on your Inoreader or Feedly.com account. It'll be added to any subscriptions you already have, which you can then read by simply clicking on the feed titles within your reader.
If you're interested in a particular topic, and you don't want to keep scanning hundreds of web sites to see what's new in your field, RSS is a great idea. Just sign up to the RSS feeds from the sites you're interested in, then read everything in one place via your RSS Reader. You'll never need to visit the individual websites.
Literacy in Ireland
In the past literacy was considered to be the ability to read and write. Today the meaning of literacy has changed to reflect changes in society and the skills needed by individuals to participate fully in society. It involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information.
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