Remember when you actually had to type fully-formed URLs? There was the
http:// bit to ensure you didn’t end up in a gopher hole. About gone is the conventional
www.. And then there’s the shrinkage of domains to their smallest unique alphanumeric representation:
google.com. Not to mention the the AOL Keywords-alike for the web baked into Firefox: type your query in the Address bar and you’ll be directed straight to the top Google hit, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.
Combining nostalgia for the oh-so-1994
http:// with a cool tip by pal Duncan for using the otherwise barely-functional RSS reader in the Safari browser, I now routinely type
feed: for short) where the
http:// should be (e.g.
feed:news.bbc.co.uk) and jump straight to a nice Table of Contents for any site sporting an auto-discoverable RSS or Atom feed. Despite all but living inside Firefox, Safari serves is put to good use as a quick website summarizer–and it even works from the Firefox address bar.