If you'd rather, you can reach us directly by phone: Mike - 617 230 9572 or Carl - 781 608 0900
What is RSS? and Why do I care?
Simply put, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a way for you to have your computer automatically check a very small file called a 'feed' to see when there is new content.
Our feeds are very spare, they contain just the date and time information for our classes and events. They have links to more complete descriptions elsewhere on our site.
What do I have to do to use this wonderful new feature of the PHF website?
When you find a PHF RSS logo; on a class description page, on the Waiting List response page (after you've added yourself to a Waiting List), on a class listing page...
click on it, you'll be taken to the RSS feed file in question and in...
Firefox - You will be asked how you would like to subscribe to this feed. [explaining how to choose the best way for you to subscribe is beyond the scope of this page, I'm new to RSS myself.] In Firefox, it works to choose 'Live Bookmarks' and store it in your 'Bookmarks Toolbar'. This will produce a dropdown menu of all the links that are in the 'feed' file, and it will be nearly as up-to-date as the file itself (depending on how often your reader checks its feeds).
Google - If you have a Google account, you have a choice of adding the feed to your home page or using their reader. Both seem to work well with our information, and the instructions are pretty clear. Poke around a bit and it'll make sense.
[other browsers/readers... as I said, I'm new to this so there's a lot I don't know about the various readers. RSS has some solid standards and we're abiding by them, so our feeds should work in whatever reader you use. - CW]
How up-to-date will these feeds be?
The feeds are automatically created by the same tools we use when we enter the scheduling information for a class or event and will be refreshed at least daily.