A PUBLICATION OF ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.
NAME: Google RSS Feed Reader
DESCRIPTION: Simple method for subscribing to free information.
PURPOSE: Work or Play (efficient updating of select information sources)
OS: PC & Mac
BANANA RATING: Five Bananas out of Five Bananas
RATED BY: Chuck Wigley, Chair, ACAC
Are you tired of logging in every day to some web page (like “Under the Dome”) just to scrutinize a variety of typefaces to sort out information that might be new? Instead of going to a web page and searching for information from a myriad of icons and write-ups, Google’s RSS Reader “pushes” information from the web page to the subscriber’s site in uniform sized lines of text containing clear titles.
To set up a free Google RSS Feed Reader, open your browser and go to GOOGLE.com. Under GOOGLE taskbar item labeled “more,” select “reader” and follow the on-screen instructions (select “Reader” on the right side of the page and, when finished, pin GOOGLE reader to your browser’s taskbar). That’s it! You’re good to go!
a worthy example
Canisius employees can subscribe to an RSS feed for the college’s daily publication “Under the Dome” by going to “Under the Dome” and opening any item. At the very bottom off the page, toward the right side, click on the words “RSS Feed” . . . “subscribe.” That’s it!
There are 9.1 posts to this site in an average week. Currently, only 4 people on campus, including me, subscribe to it. When “Under the Dome” posts are released in the morning, they are “pushed” to Google RSS Reader. A subscriber can simply click on “RSS Reader” on the Google Taskbar and, then, click on the self-generated icon for the “Under the Dome” feed. A compressed list of line-by-line items will appear, centered on the page, with one line dedicated to each posted item! Subscribers easily select any item for reading. After reading an item, the entire line, including the item’s title, changes from white to blue. This method allows one to avoid switching back-and-forth between pages to read items. Previously viewed items are easily identified by color change and one can move from one item to another by simply moving up or down on the page and clicking a different item’s title. Perhaps most valuable of the features is the uniform manner that items are presented, allowing one to easily select items of interest. Clear, clean, concise, . . . free . . . BEAUTIFUL!
BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy. Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.” Roy, D. F. (1959). “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at