Why is it drug addicts and computer aficionados are both called users? – Clifford Stoll<br>
If you’re a web-site developer, you can now include the latest e4engineering.com news headlines, jobs and tenders on your site.
Consider it instant content. It’s free and you will be providing the latest engineering news to your site’s visitors. We do this by making available special files that you can incorporate into your web-site. Any time that e4engineering.com is updated, these files are updated as well, so you can have the very latest information all the time.
So that’s pretty good news for web site developers who want some free information on their site, but what good is all this technology to Joe Shmoe, the average web user? The sort of fella who spends his lunch break rattling around far too many web sites all day long because he never knows where he might find what he’s looking for.
Well, the RSS thing makes his life easier too. And if you don’t believe me, just set up a free user account at Bloglines at the link below. This site actually aggregates RSS feeds from those web sites that produce them, like ours, and gives the user the ability to select which ones he or she is interested in.
Once you have registered on the Bloglines site, you can personalise it to display headlines and brief article descriptions and links from any number of your favourite engineering sites. And then, rather than site hopping all day long, you can just scan the headlines from the Bloglines site and choose whether you want to actually read an article in its entirety or not! If you do you, just click on the link to that article and you’ll get sent directly to the site with it on.
All these really cool software developments make me wonder what’s in store for us all next. It seems as if the only thing that computer software can’t do today is to actually write the news for us. And that’s certainly good news for chaps like myself! But how long it will be before it can? That’s anyone’s guess!