Yahoo and RSS

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. 

  1. 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)
  2. Click on "options"
  3. Now RIGHT-click on the orange "XML" icon at the top of the page .. and choose "copy shortcut."
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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:

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Pretty cool .. eh?