I think my view on RSS is quite similar to David’s. Technology should not be used for technology’s sake, instead it should simply be used by the people.
I met a PhD student working on digital forensics. He showed me how easily he could hack into any type of phone and how hard he is trying to protect his own digital information. He also told me know how he used these professional social networks in his daily life, for he believed that HRs are using the information on these websites to get some information about you before the interview, instead of your CV and recommendation letter. Maybe in the near future, it is a must. But at present, I feel to update it and keep an eye on it is not so easy for me.
I clearly remembered the first time I got my hands on the RSS feeds. That was to read news on my first iPod. Then, I got my Kindle. The combination of Google Reader and Amazon service to push news to the Kindle, to read on the way home. I must confess that my interest is more in the process of sucessfully doing these things, instead of reading the news. Anyway, I think it is changing peoples’ way of reading news, though a little bit slow.
For those who are using reference management tools, here is a tip for you to configure you tool, so you can connect you tool with your own university library. Taking the University of Auckland library and Papers (a reference management tool) as an example, by adding an Ezproxy address ( which can be found thru this link https://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/access/ezproxy.htm) to Papers installed on your computer or mobile devices, you can access the documents you want in the tool itself and add them to your reference list easily. This can save you one step, no need to download them and add them to your list manually. It can be downloaded directly into your reference list with the document attached.
This thing is awesome. For it revealed to me how detailed the data could be tracked and analyzed.
I guess the course organizers can use this to decide who is qualified for the final iPad Mini lucky draw. ~
The data visulalizatio came from a report on Mainland China’s President’s visit to NZ. Click on the following link to find more.