Apr 29, 2007

RSS: Really Simple Syndication Tutorial

Today, I leave you here a tutorial about Really Simple Syndication (RSS). This is just an old tool, that day by day gain more users. RSS makes easier to you tracking the new content that is added to your favorites pages on internet, in consequence it allows you to save a lot of time. RSS keeps you up to date with the news you are interested in. But, why do we have to learn of all that? we are doctors, we have to learn how to cure diseases, even when I believe that we do not heal people most of the time. The way I can explain it to you, why it is important to learn about how to use internet, it is using two phrases that I found. The first it is because, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can not read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (by Alvin Toffler "Rethinking the Future"). This is really important, day by day new technologies are created, we just have to pick the one that fit better to our necessities, but sometimes it is really difficult to change from one service to another when we already get used to something that we like. The second reason is because, "the ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage"(by Peter Senge "The Fifth Discipline"). We as doctors have to learn not only medicine, but things that can be useful in our daily life, not only for us but for our patients.

Recommended Links:

Video: RSS in Plain English
Online Education: Myth or Reality

Some Medical Journal Feeds:
New England Journal Medicine NEJM Current Issue Feed
British Medical Journal BMJ Current Issue Feed
Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA Current Issue Feed
The Lancet Current Issue Feed

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