What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a cool tool X2011 is using to deliver news of updated or changed content on our website directly to your desktop! Think of it as an automatic "What's New?" on the X2011 website. All you have to do is subscribe to our RSS feed.
Reading RSS Feeds
Before you can use RSS, you will need some way to read the RSS feeds. This capability may be built into your RSS-enabled browser (such as Firefox 2+, Internet Explorer 7+, Safari 3+), your personal webpage (such as My Yahoo!), or your e-mail program (such as MS Outlook 2007+).
Not all browsers are capable of handling RSS feeds. Google Chrome and AOL 9.5 are examples of non-RSS enabled browsers. If you use either of these browsers or other non-RSS enabled browsers, you will need to download and install an "RSS feed reader" program. There are many to choose from. Just Google "RSS feed readers.
Here's a list of popular tools for reading RSS feeds:
Subscribing to the X2011 RSS feed
Just click on the icon on any X2011 webpage to subscribe to the RSS feed and follow the instructions for your particular reader to complete the subscription process.
Firefox and Internet Explorer 7+ browsers display a small orange RSS icon in the address bar or on the toolbar. Just click on it to subscribe. Again, these are "RSS-enabled" browsers.
For most browsers released before 2007, including Internet Explorer 6, you will need to copy the address (or "URL") for the feed without trying to open the feed. This can usually be done by right-clicking on the icon or "Subscribe!" link and copying the link location (choose "Copy Shortcut" in Internet Explorer 6). You can then paste the address into your RSS reader or RSS-enabled browser.
If, after clicking the orange RSS icon, you see something in your browser that starts with '?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?', your browser is non-RSS enabled and you will need to install an RSS feed reader. That is the first line of the XML file that creates the RSS feed and not what you want to see.
Benefits of RSS
Once you have subscribed, you will receive the current published feeds in a few minutes. Afterwards you will automatically receive e-mails (or feeds) whenever changes or updates are made to the X2011 website. These e-mails summarize the changes and updates on the website and are a great way to stay informed without the need to continually check the website. Your computer will periodically check online for updates to the feed, even when your browser is not running, and pull the updates to you.
Why should I subscribe?
Being "The Unconventional Convention", registration for both the convention
and all of the tours and other extra fare events will be available through the X2011 Company Store on the website, where you can sign up, knowing immediately whether or not tickets are still available for that event or tour! Yes, you can still register and sign up for tours via snail mail, but
we don't encourage that, as tours could sell out while your sign-up package
is still in the mail.
When this information is added to the website, news of it will be published via the RSS feed. Subscribe to the RSS feed and get notified as soon as it happens!
You can unsubscribe at any time by deleting the X2011 RSS feed from your computer's e-mail, browser or RSS reader. Just follow the instructions for your particular reader.
RSS Feeds Video
Here's a YouTube video, "RSS Feeds for Model Railroaders", by our friend Joe Fugate, publisher of Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine™, explaining what RSS is and how to use it.
RSS Feeds for Model Railroaders
If you have any questions about the X2011 RSS feed, e-mail me.
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