I know many peoples eyes glaze over when I mention rss (Really Simple Syndication). Here is a really good series of articles that explain in a straightforward manner what rss is, why you should care, and how you can take advantage of it to simplify and/or enhance your online experience. Very nice CNET! 🙂
RSS: why it's important
Finding it hard to stay abreast of the latest news and conversations on the Web? You're not alone. The number of sites and people producing content has grown over the years to an unmanageable size. Fortunately, you can now separate the signal from the noise with subscriptions to sites you enjoy and with newsreaders that can filter only the important news you need to get ahead at work. Soon, even portals such as Yahoo will offer this type of service. But there are several good free and paid apps that will do the trick right now.