Yahoo's RSS aggregator is a wonderful adjunct to my.yahoo.com portal.
Despite the advertising, my.yahoo remains my home page on most of the computers I use .. though I recently moved to oddpost for web-based e-mail as it's much faster than Yahoo – and it's MUCH easier to manage my mail.
oh yeah .. back to Yahoo. It's pretty easy to use ..
The Oncalls physician scheduling system has supported RSS for about 6 months – though most users don't know how to do that.
- Log in to Oncalls with your username and password (or use "demo" "demo" if you don't have an account and you want to play with this)
- Click on "options"
- Now RIGHT-click on the orange "XML" icon at the top of the page .. and choose "copy shortcut."
- Now go to the my.yahoo RSS editing page. If you don't have a my.yahoo account this won't work. YOu'll also have to be logged in to Yahoo to make this work.
- Ok .. we're in Yahoo .. and about 1/3 of the way down the page it says "Add New Source." In the box there where it says "Enter a keyword, site, or URL" .. right-click again and choose "Paste" It should look like lots of gobbeldygook .. but that's ok. It's your Oncalls username and password in encrypted form.
- Click "Search" and Yahoo will go and get the RSS feed from Oncalls, and will include it on your my.yahoo.com home page.
Here's what it looks like:
Pretty cool .. eh?