The Internet was heralded as an amazing news and information portal, and it is certainly true that you can now read the bulk of the Sydney Morning Herald free of charge from their website. While many media outlets have sought to limit access using some subscriber components, there is still a lot of free news out there.
The big problem, however, is time. Time to find it, and then decide if you want to take the time to read it.
The first half of this problem, taking the time to find news articles, is now a thing of the past, thanks to a cool little technology called RSS, or Rich Site Summary.
RSS works through little files of a special format which have the titles of the latest news articles, and links through to where to view them. Housed online, their special format is read every once in a while by a "News Feeder" application, which then pops up a small alert in your task-bar to tell you there is a new news story - if you like the headline, one click and you are reading it in full.
We have been using them here at Internetrix to keep tabs on world, national and technology news, and thought they were so good we would make them available for all our clients.
To access our feed, this features feeds from The Sydney Morning Herald, CNET, AFR and more: Simply download and install a Feed Reader
Open the application and click on "New"
Insert the link: http://www.internetrix.com.au/news/rss.xml and you are away
Optionally, click on "Properties" and enable all three startup options for convenience
Like all shareware (free downloadable software) it comes without a warranty, but as a simple little program, we think it does its job well. Enjoy!