Windows only: If you're already using your feed reader to check for site updates, why not use it to get alerts when a folder changes on your system? Folder-RSS is a small application that allows you to specify a folder and how you want that folder to be monitored. Using the command line—the author includes a sample batch file and a detailed list of the command line parameters—you can set it to monitor a whole directory or just certain sub-folders, set filters for specific file types, and limit the age of changed files monitored. If you mess up on the terminal syntax, Folder-RSS pops up a detailed menu of the right way to type your preferences. Once you've set up Folder-RSS, you can plug the location of the .XML file into any local feed reader. To use a remote feed reader such as Google Reader you'll need to provide some way for the remote server to access the file on your computer (via a home Web server, for instance). Folder-RSS currently requires scheduling on your system, so you'll need to specify how frequently you want it run using Windows Task Scheduler or an alternative scheduling application like the previously reviewed Freebyte. Folder-RSS is freeware, Windows only.