Went in search of an RSS reader - something stand-alone rather than integrated with my yahoo. www.rssreader.com was suggested, but I couldn't get this one working; I configured the network interface to re-use the proxy settings from internet explorer, and tried to set them up directly but it wouldn't work, whenever I tried to connect a feed it failed. Then Corrado A. suggested www.awasu.com and this seems to work ok; didn't even have to configure anything to start. I'm just playing around with it now to better understand its features.
BUT ALAS... I've just discovered that Awasu only supports RSS feeds, and doesn't support ATOM so I cannot track my blog from blogger!!!