rss feeds

What are RSS feeds?

News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from. Feeds are also known as RSS.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

How do I start using feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks the feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications.

Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Once you have chosen a news reader, all you have to do is to decide what content you want it to receive. For example, if you would like the latest Journal updates from wavedreamer, you will notice an orange button placed in various locations around the wavedreamer site. If you click on the RSS button you can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier.

You can also add an RSS feed to many email programs, allowing you to keep track of news updates at the same time as your email.

eMail feed updates.

Expanding on the function of an RSS feed, some sites allow you to receive RSS updates as an actual email, removing the need for a news reader. The wavedreamer site allows you to subscribe to email updates by clicking here

ReCaptcha!

ReCaptcha is a verification tool that is gaining a lot of popularity on the internet as the leading tool to reduce unwanted eMail Spam from electronic forms. Any of you that host any type of form on your own site will be familiar with the sort of emails you can soon be bombarded by, sent by robots crawling the web looking to send out their unwanted blurb.

Simply put, ReCaptcha identifies whether you are a human being or not! If so, it will allow your form to be sent. This eliminates any robot-spam getting through, which means genuine form results can be dealt with much more speedily, whilst also speeding up the internet for all of us!

ReCaptcha does this by asking you to confirm a small piece of information that you would only be able to do if you were a real person. The main way it does this, is to ask you to enter some text you see in a small image. This text is not editable or selectable & is in effect,  a ‘photo’ of the word. A robot cannot read it as text, nor can character recognising software make any sense of it. The only way is to have a pair of eyes reading it!

Where ReCaptcha leads the way, and for which reason we have chosen it for the wavedreamer site, is that is also offers audio verification, for visitors with impaired vision. This allows for a fully accessible site, to all visitors. (For more info on other ways we have worked to make the wavedreamer site fully accessible, visit our accessibility page).

The following info is taken direct from ReCaptcha and offers some extra help on using ReCaptcha verification:

Instructions

  • Please enter the words you see in the box, in order and separated by a space. Doing so helps prevent automated programs from abusing this service.
  • If you are not sure what the words are, either enter your best guess or click the reload button next to the distorted words.
  • Visually impaired users can click the audio button to hear a set of digits that can be entered instead of the visual challenge.

Helping the World One Word at a Time

By entering the words in the box, you are also helping to digitize texts that were written before the computer age. The words that you see were taken directly from old texts that are being scanned and stored in digital format in order to preserve them and make them more accessible to the world. Since some of the words in these texts are difficult for computers to process, we are using the results of your efforts to help decipher them.

mozilla FireFox 3 web browser

download FireFox 3

We are a creative bunch here at wavedreamer & we do like things that look beautiful, even potentially soulless things like websites! That is why we would plead with you, if you have not already done so, to turn your back on lifeless Internet Explorer & start using browsers like FireFox instead. You will be amazed how much nicer a place to look at the internet can be, let alone simpler to use, if you just escape from Bill Gates’ clutches. You will be rewarded more by all the hard work we have put into the site, which is only truly viewable in the superior browsers like Firefox. It has far better security as well.

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linking to wavedreamer movies on YouTube

Hopefully you have seen some movies here that have stirred you in some way & we hope even more that they have moved you to share the experience!

As we build our collection of wavedreamer movies on YouTube, more and more of the films on this site will be available for you to send to friends or for your own use in a website or blog. There are two main ways to do this:

Whenever you see this icon next to a movie, it means that it is available for linking on YouTube. You can either link to the movie’s URL (web address) or you can embed the code into your own site or blog.

link to a movie

You can use this option if you just want to feature a link to the movie in an email, website or document. It will just forward you to the YouTube page for that movie. Simply click inside the box underneath the link title & it will autoselect the entire link for you. You can then copy & paste* the link wherever it is needed.

embed a movie

By embedding, you can featue a wavedreamer movie directly your own website or blog page. Just select & copy* the code from the embed box, as described above. You can then paste* the code for the movie wherever you like in your own code. You may need to follow instructions for your own blog or social networking site in order to implement it correctly.

*copy & paste methods

(1) right/ctrl-click on the selected text & choose ‘copy’

(2) go to the main menu ∓ select ‘edit > copy’

(3) use ctrl/cmd + ‘c’

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player is a high-performance, lightweight player that enables you to engage with a wide range of fantastic digital experiences across all major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices.

Installed on over 850 million Internet-connected desktops and mobile devices, Flash Player allows you to enjoy interactive, rich content with video, graphics and animation. More importantly, here on the wavedreamer site, it allows you to watch all our movies!

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Apple Safari 3 web browser

The world’s best browser. Now on Windows too!

Of course, if we are talking creative boffins, it goes without saying that we all use Apple Macs. Luckily, even if you are on PC, you can still have a taste of what awaits you by using Apple’s own Safari browser for your internet experience. Rejoice in the softened texts, rounded edges & uncluttered layout. Now you can concentrate on the sites you want to visit, not the big ugly buttons & panels all over your browser. The suggested browser of choice for wavedreamer visitors

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using the wavedreamer WordPress journal

Hopefully by now you have already read some of the posts in the wavedreamer journal & are keen to contribute to the discussions. The journal is powered by WordPress, a state-of-the-art website publishing platform. In order to comment on any of the threads in the journal, you need to be registered with us first. You can click here to register.

When you first register, follow the on screen instructions & you will be taken to our WordPress registration page. After choosing your screen user name & submitting your email address, you will be sent a password to that email address. You can now return to the journal, log in and start posting! Remember, initially, as a subscriber, all your threads will need moderating/approving before appearing on the live site. In time, you can request to be a contributor, whereupon you can comment as you wish, with immediate results. We are hoping to reach a wide & diverse audience of like-minded folk, so remember that only pleasant, non-agressive & non x-rated comments are welcome!

Happy posting!

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help me wavedreamer!

We have tried very hard to make the wavedreamer website intuitive, clean & simple to use, whilst hopefully enjoyable to look at as well! Due to the nature of some of the content, different users with differing abilities & system setups may need a little guidance to enjoy the best possible wavedreamer experience

In the following features, we have tried to cover all the main areas where we think you may need some assistance. If you feel we are not answering any of your questions, or resolving any problem you may be having, just contact us here

image journal

  • not yesterday
  • Inverted perceptions
  • Exotic location
  • Standing stones
  • Surrealism
  • Vapourous ships of the dawn
  • Metal detectors behind me
  • Hands up this is a stick up
  • It's behind you
  • Stiff offshore
  • First drop in temperature for weeks
  • Towers of rain
  • Great anvils of moisture
  • The architect of the tide
  • Bird botherer
  • Serene scene

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