The Information Technology Assistance Center is offering a free, online course on “Connecting with Social Media.” This seven-week course begins Tuesday, March 22, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.
The Information Technology Assistance Center is offering a free, online course on “Connecting with Social Media.” This five-week course begins Wednesday, Nov. 17, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.
The world of IT security is very dynamic — the threats are constant, persistent, and evolving, as are the tools and strategies for combating the threats. To help K-Staters sift through the volumes of IT security information produced daily, K-State’s IT security team maintains an IT security threats blog with information gleaned from a variety of sources. Information is posted about new vulnerabilities and/or patches in applications used commonly at K-State, current attacks seen at K-State, warnings about spear phishing scams and other forms of fraud, and other security-related news relevant to K-State.
To accommodate the variety of ways people prefer to get information, K-State’s IT security news is available in several ways:
- Webpage – visit the K-State IT Security Threats Blog daily
- E-mail – subscribe to the SIRT-THREATS mailing list
- Twitter – follow KSU_IT_Threats on Twitter
- RSS feed
Have you ever had a bunch of RSS feeds that were very similar and that you wished were just one aggregate feed? For instance, many sites publish a number of feeds for different parts of their content, and it would often be more useful to have all that content in one feed so you don’t have to check multiple sources for the content.
Or, have you ever had a bunch of feeds that share a certain topic and that you’d rather be in one feed rather than separated?
Yahoo Pipes offers a simple way to aggregate feeds. Yahoo Pipes is a service that has a wide range of applications and can be used for some fairly complex tasks. For this example, we will use it to easily perform three tasks:
- Retrieve a number of RSS feeds
- Aggregate and sort the feeds
- Republish the feeds as a single RSS feed
RSS is one of the single most important technologies to spur on Web 2.0. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. What it does is exactly that — it syndicates (publishes) content, so that instead of you going to the content, the content can come to you. Because of this, it’s a real paradigm shift for navigating the Internet. Consequently, creating a structure that is RSS-friendly was one of the biggest motivating factors for the new InfoTech Tuesday format.
Unfortunately, RSS is like many other technologies that don’t make any sense until you give it a try. The video below, “RSS in Plain English,” is a good, brief explanation of what RSS is, how to use it, and what it can do for you. Continue reading “RSS explained”