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10.5: Change the RSS refresh interval in Apps
You can change the interval that waits before it refreshes RSS Feeds. In order to do this, open up a Finder window and go to /Applications » Mail. Control-click on Mail and pick Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu, then navigate into Content » Resources » English.lproj. Make a backup copy of the RSSPreferences.nib file you see there -- if something goes wrong, you'll want to have that copy to get things back to normal. Double-click on the RSSPreferences.nib file (you'll need to have the Developer Tools installed); this will open the file in Interface Builder.

Double-click on the Check for Updates item, and select one of the drop-down menu items. Make a duplicate of this menu item from the Edit menu, then click on one of the duplicates. Go to the top and hit Tools and make sure the Item Attributes window is in your workspace.

When the duplicate is selected, go into the Item Attributes window. Change the title to whatever you want, and change the tag to the interval in minutes. Save this file and restart Mail, then go to Preferences to select to your new update interval.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, but here's an easier (if much less permanent) method to accomplish the same thing. A quick check of Mail's preferences file reveals that the refresh value is held in the RSSPollTime key. You can easily change it in Terminal (quit Mail first) with this command: defaults write RSSPollTime nn, where nn is the desired refresh interval in minutes. The downside of this method is that if you ever even open the RSS panel in Mail's preferences, your setting will revert to whatever shows in the pop-up menu in that panel. The solution in this hint is permanent (at least until Apple updates Mail), and provides a menu item to let you easily see and select the new value within Mail.]
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