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    /SW/website/blog/rss2email: rss2email: RSS to E-mail: How to Read Blogs & News Via E-mail

    http://rss2email.infogami.com/

    I must admit I am generally too lazy and absent-minded to regularly troll blogs and websites that I find interesting. The trolling method just is not "easy" if one is busy, with lots of other claims on both time and attention. RSS Feed Aggregators [1 & 2] are software that is supposed to pull all this stuff into one place and, again, make it "easy". Sorry, not enough. I have tried them, and I am too lazy/busy to even start the RSS Agregator up.

    How about sucking those RSS feeds into e-mail? I, for one, do pay attention to e-mail, at least long enough to take a quick peek at it and decide whether it merits an immediate read. My e-mail client is already set up and heavily used so I know exactly how to integrate those new bits of e-mail that come from RSS feeds.

    And rss2email[3] is dead easy to setup, and once setup, I never have to touch it again except to add or remove feeds. New blog posts or news content just show up in my inbox.

    Actually, in Debian Linux[4], my preferred operating system, installation and setup is absolutely trivial. You Micro$oft users will have to work just a little bit harder to get setup.[5] (I suspect the Micro$oft installation instructions will work for a Mac as well, but am not sure.....)

    And if you will allow me a little further bragging, because (more or less) all Linux systems have a running e-mail server, rss2email can deliver these e-mails directly to the e-mail server sitting right on my desk, ie. the e-mails never actually leave the room. Windows users will probably have to forward the e-mails to their Gmail, Yahoo Mail, whatever account, and then download them again when they next check their e-mail.

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregator
    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_feed_aggregators
    [3] http://rss2email.infogami.com/
    [4] http://www.debian.org/
    [5] http://rss2email.infogami.com/getstarted

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