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RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication)

What is RSS?

With the internet now having billions of web pages, keeping up to date on all of the information that you really want can be difficult and often rather haphazard.

Wouldn't it be better to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you, rather than clicking from site to site? Well now you can, thanks to a service called RSS. While the initial set-up of RSS may in some cases require a bit of effort, RSS can greatly simplify the task of finding out when your favorite web sites have been updated with new information.

Although there is some discussion as to what the acronym RSS really stands for, it is generally interpreted as 'Really Simple Syndication'. Basically, it allows you to choose the type of content that you like and have it delivered directly to you.

Not all websites provide RSS, but it maintains its usefulness and popularity year after year.

Web Portal Setup:

Many web portals such as my.yahoo.com, my.msn.com and google.com include the ability to display the latest news from wahiduddin.net, including the daily Bowl of Saki, right along with all of the other news of the day.

The only drawback of the portal pages such as my.msn, my.yahoo or google is that they may not update the RSS feed very often. Occasionally, those web portal pages may fail to update the Bowl of Saki for several hours, or even several days. (Using your own news reader, as described below, is generally more up to date.)

If you have an account with MSN, Yahoo or Google, here are one-click buttons to add the wahiduddin.net RSS feed to your my.yahoo.com, my.msn.com, google homepage, or google reader:

          Add to Yahoo        Add to MSN        Add to Google

Or to set up the RSS manually on my.yahoo.com, my.msn.com, google.com or other similar portal pages, just click on their "Add Content" link and then copy and paste the following address (URL):


Presto... the latest news from wahiduddin.net will appear on the portal page.

News Reader Software:

As a more timely and more reliable alternative to receiving your latest news on a web portal page, as described above, it is also possible to use special news reader software... which generally gives more up-to-date results.

There are many different versions of special News Reader software, some of which are accessed using your web browser, and some of which are stand-alone applications. The news reader (also called an aggregator) allows you to subscribe to the RSS feeds that you want, and then displays links to all of the newly updated web pages.

There are many different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. The free Firefox web browser and the Sage news reader make a very nicely integrated, easy to use package. The free Thunderbird email reader can also read RSS feeds, as can the most recent versions of Internet Explorer.

Different news readers work on different operating systems, so you will need to take this into account when you make your choice.  Here are a few of the popular choices:

Typical RSS News Readers:

Web - Free
   My Yahoo!

   My MSN

Windows - Free
   Firefox browser with Sage reader
   Internet Explorer browser
   Thunderbird email reader

Windows - Commercial
   Newz Crawler

Mac OS X- Commercial


Manually Subscribing to the RSS Feed:

Once you've installed your news reader software, all you have to do is to decide what content you want. In order to be notified whenever something new is available on this web site, you need to "subscribe" to the RSS feed.

Depending upon the requirements of your specific news reader, the bright orange RSS button which can be found near the bottom of the left-side navigation menu on this page may help you to subscribe to the feed in various ways, such as by dragging the icon into your news reader or perhaps you will have to cut and paste the URL into a new feed in your news reader.

Available RSS Feeds:

This main RSS feed for this site is called  "Wahiduddin's Web - What's New" and is intended to keep RSS users informed of any web site changes. Note that although an RSS subscription icon may appear on many different pages of this web site, in all cases it refers to this same RSS feed, so there is no need to subscribe more than once for this entire web site. This RSS feed, which includes the daily Bowl of Saki plus occasional news about new articles added to the web site, is at: 


For those who would like to publish the daily Bowl of Saki on their own web site or blog page, the following versions of the daily Bowl of Saki are available as RSS feeds:

     https://wahiduddin.net/saki_c.rss    with commentary and photo

     https://wahiduddin.net/saki_k.rss    with commentary, no photo

     https://wahiduddin.net/saki.rss    no commentary, with photo

     https://wahiduddin.net/saki_i.rss    no commentary, colorful graphics

Each of the Bowl of Saki RSS feeds is updated every day at 9 minutes after midnight in my time zone, which currently corresponds to 07:09 GMT. The feeds then remain unchanged until the following day.

Note regarding the saki_i.rss graphics feed:  The saki_i.rss feed contains an image tag inside of the description field which links to a 398 px wide image. Since this image width does not strictly comply with the RSS 2.0 specification, some RSS readers will ignore the image, some will reduce it to a small thumbnail image, and others (such as FireFox Sage) will display the image full-size. So... the image link is there is there for your use, but various RSS readers may or may not choose to display it. This feed is primarily intended to be parsed by a script (php, perl, etc) to extract the current image url.

updated 3 Mar 2013