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Tracking Product Updates through RSS Feeds

November 10th, 2008 by tamuwebmaster

I was recently trying to do something with an outdated VisualSVN client on my desktop and was getting a “client is too old to work with this repository” message. I had used a newer version of TortoiseSVN to update a working directory repository, and the command line client I was using was too old to read the new information.

When I upgraded my VisualSVN installation, I was prompted to either receive email updates (ick) or subscribe to their RSS feed. I haven’t seen very many installations that allow RSS, but I know of several products that do maintain RSS feeds on their site. As such, I started going to the websites of products I use and subscribing to their blogs and RSS news feeds.

It is an easy way to keep up to date with product updates for security, functionality, and my favorite tools. I use Google Reader to sort all product feeds into a sub folder where I can scan them quickly and clear them out if it gets cluttered. This keeps my email address out of the hands of greedy marketers and gives the vendors better metrics on how many users they have and how often they check for updates.

Monday, November 10th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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