Automatically send new Hassle-Free PC posts to your Pocket account
Want Hassle-Free PC in your inbox? Of course you do! One option is to subscribe to PC World's Power Tips newsletter, which includes, among other things, this very column.
But the newsletter doesn't necessarily give you a mobile-friendly reading experience, nor does it arrive the moment new content is posted.
Two of my favorite services to the rescue! You remember Pocket, right? It's the awesome one-click clipping tool that saves Web pages for later and formats them beautifully for mobile reading.
By pairing that with another awesome tool, If This Then That, you can get Hassle-Free PC (and lots of other PC World content, if you're interested) automatically delivered to your Pocket account.
In case you're not familiar with it, If This Then That (hereafter IFTTT) lets you create "recipes" that consist of a specific action activating a specific trigger. In this case, the action is a new post in the Hassle-Free PC RSS feed. The trigger is delivering that new post to Pocket.
Needless to say, you'll need accounts for both services. Thankfully, they're free. Once you're signed up for both, here's how to create a recipe for Hassle-Free PC goodness:
1. Sign into IFTTT and click Create (as in, "Create a new recipie").
2. Click This, then click the trigger channel Feed.
3. Click New feed item.
4. Copy and paste in the following RSS feed: http://www.pcworld.com/column/hassle-free-pc/index.rss (There are lots of other PC World RSS feeds if you're interested.) Then click Create Trigger.
5. Click That, then choose the action channel Pocket. You'll need to perform a one-time authorization of your Pocket account.
6. Click Save for later.
7. Click the big Create Action button.
8. If you want, provide a description of the recipe you just created, like maybe "PC World Hassle-Free PC column." Click Create Recipe and you're done!
Now, the next time I publish a post, it'll show up in your Pocket (pun intended) roughly 15 minutes later (which is how often IFTTT checks for new content).
Cool, right? And this is just the tip of the IFTTT iceberg. I'll share more "hassle-free" recipes down the road. In the meantime, if you have any of your own you want to share, hit the comments below.
Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.