I’ve been using a linux-based Asus Eee PC (p701) for several years now, and one of my favorite features available is the desktop wallpaper “slideshow” option. I can set up my computer to randomly display a new desktop wallpaper as often as I want. All I have to do is point to the folder(s) the images are stored in and set the frequency, and viola my desktop wallpaper changes “automagically.”
I’ve almost given up on wallpapers for my home and office Windows machines, however. While it’s certainly not hard to change the desktop wallpaper, it’s not something I like to think about. To be honest, the desktop is always covered by the applications I’m working in, so I rarely even think about it. But a few months ago, I stumbled across the Microsoft Digital Photography Winter Fun Pack 2003. While most of the features are uninteresting to me, one of them caught my eye. The Winter Wallpaper Changer feature automatically changes your desktop wallpaper anywhere from once every 15 minutes to once a week. You can point the program to whatever folder you want that contains the background images. Even better, you can set it up so that on certain days (someone’s birthday, a holiday, or whatever), you can choose from a different set of wallpaper images!
I installed this application, and was immediately thrilled with how it worked. I like my wallpaper to change very frequently, so I had my wallpaper changed every fifteen minutes throughout the day. I never knew how easy it would be to brighten up my day just by changing my computer’s wallpaper!
Listgarden is a very powerful RSS creation and management tool that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, and can be configured as a Web-based application.
For those of you who subscribe to all of my feeds, let me apologize…I know that I’ve mentioned Listgarden several times: in this blog, the Lockworld Herald News, and my Resources feed.
I think the program deserves all of these mentions, however, because it is so versatile and so simple. Without any knowledge of RSS or XML structure or rules, you can create and edit as many feeds as you want to. You have the options of creating the feeds as local files on your computer, or uploaded to your FTP server (or both). My favorite feature of Listgarden is that you can optionally export an HTML version of your feed containing some or all of your feed items as a Web-based file. This can allow you to offer a preview of your latest feed items to your site visitors or an alternate way to view “what’s new” on your site.
A few months ago, I thought I was “back” to blogging, but it turns out I still had some unresolved issues. I’ve had a lot of trouble lately getting online to post to this blog and continue my explorations of all things Web-related. Fortunately, however, I think I’m finally ready to get back online on a regular basis to keep all of the tips and tricks coming here on The Web for You. I’m not making any promises at this point, but I’ll do my best.
In my last post, I told you I’d be describing how to add an RSS feed to your Web site. When I first conceived of this project several months ago, I wasn’t sure how to proceed. For one thing, Microsoft Office Small Business Live (MOSBL – formerly Microsoft Office Live) had several restrictions in place that made it difficult to add an RSS feed to your site. While several of these restrictions may still be in place if you’re using the default Web page editor, the good news is that even the free (Basic) version of MOSBL now allows you to use “third-party” design tools to build your site. That means that you’re no longer restricted to using only the existing design tool, and you can write your own HTML codes, including the META tags needed to add an RSS feed to your site (more on this later in this post).