I’ve been trying out the three main cloud-based rivals: Feedly, Digg Reader and AOL Reader.
Feedly is the number one, and has a working backend
AOL is good, working well but no back end (yet)
Digg should be buried for now
- This is the front end cloud-based reader I’m commenting on, not the app, not the back end.
- Love it. There are a few niggles, and I’m convinced that some of my feeds didn’t make it over but it synced with Google Reader and kept count/synch with it.
- Keep getting caught out on different keyboard shortcuts, but that’s practice.
- Last out of the gate, and surprisingly good. (Or this is an old project they updated)
- As it pulls out the feeds, but not the state from Reader, you end up seeing old posts again, about 50 items from some feeds.
- Polished. Apart from the newsprint look, its pretty close to Google Reader. I’d be happy to keep this as my alternative. I might actually have to start using the rest of the AOL feature set (which is probably why its doing it).
- Same keyboard settings (instinct kicked in when reading through)
- If you are not app-based, this may be the reader alternative for you.
- Downside, slow to update. 24 hours later its finding new / old feeds to expand things out. I think its servers are getting a little hammered.
- As it pulls out the feeds, but not the state from Reader, you end up seeing old posts again, but not quite as excessive as AOL
- The only way to get Digg reader to see that you’ve read a post is to select the section and “mark all as read”. Which ruins part of the reason for a reader. (Note I am using NoScript, but its not showing any blocked scripts)
- Its something that needs a “lot” of improvement, but given that it looks like Digg wants to use it to feed in to their voting systems, things are going to improve.
Something else might change over the weekend, so pay attention if you mourn the loss of Google Reader.
Do you blog? Do you have an RSS reader set-up to read blogs?
If so, what happens on October 20? Will you be posting to nothing? Will your feeds dry up as feedburner is no longer passing the message through?
I honestly don't know which of my many blogs and podcasts are delivered through feedburner. I might have noticed at the time, then promptly forgotten about it.
I'm not looking to have to trawl through my feed collection to see if their owner has moved from Feedburner to their own feed (like me) or to a rival.
Or to nothing.
You see, if a blog goes silent, its going to take me a while to notice. Unless the person or company post a few times a day, their absence is going to take a little while to be noticed.
You only notice a noisy person going quite because its unusual for them. You don't notice a quiet person staying quite.
Who will I read on the 21st?
Prepare for goodbye Feedburner in October 2012
Did you know that Google intends to shut down access to Feedburner’s APIs on October 20? A banner note on the Google Developers Feedburner API page makes that intent clear:
Important: The Google Feedburner APIs have been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011 will be shut down on October 20, 2012.
It is the case that Google signalled a limited future for Feedburner with its deprecation post in May last year:
[...] Following the standard depreca…
Google Listen is my most used app. Its been barely tended to, but it does its one job really well. I should ask my podcasts like +Pop Tech Jam as to what I should use to replace it. I'm thinking about using Pocket Casts by Jelly Shift.
Google cancels Listen. I’m cancelling all non-core products by large corporations
We launched Google Listen through Google Labs in August 2009, to give people a way to discover and listen to podcasts. However, with Google Play, people now have access to a wider variety of podcast apps, so we’ve discontinued Listen.
I never thought Listen was very good but this cancellation is why more and more I avoid Google’s non-core products. They are turning into Yahoo like this. I’m tired of putting effort into products by these large cor…
According to Eurodroid , the Google Nexus 7 (16gb) will be made available in July (when Google themselves start shipping) through the Carphone Warehouse high-street stores for £199. Hopefully this means that the tablet will be made available to Irish customers, or there will be queues to traffic to the Carphone Warehouse in Belfast get an unlocked / untethered tablet for use in Ireland.
Yes I want one. It would be interesting to see how it works down here as it appears to be designed to work only with a Google Play store that does Books, Movies and Music.
I saw the launch at the extended I/O Dublin event held in Google Docks by the GDG Dublin, so there was a bit of talk about the tablet, and disappointment that it would be available in the UK but not a few kilometres away in Ireland. Hopefully the physical stores with make the tablet available here too.
Spotted this moth sticking to the rain soaked concrete yesterday afternoon. Any idea what it is?
Update (thanks Greg), it appears to be a Cinnabar Moth, which makes sense as the caterpillar form eats the poisonous and noxious weed ragworth. Given how it tends to pop up all over the place I suspect we’ll be seeing more of these.
3D printing is something I really love the idea of. The practical results are, well, mixed.
I’ve seen, and help, amazing pieces. Intricate interlocking design which can only be printed that way. Vases printed fully decorated with different designs on the outside and on the inside. Pieces that look like hand painted with watercolours Egyptian artifacts.
I’ve also seen extruded pieces that look like spaghetti softened and shaped with food colouring. All it needs is a dab of glitter to make it a kids art project. It depends on the printing technique.
However the technology is slowly improving. I’d like to be able to print my own pieces for a transforming robot to vehicle (no brand names please) based on my own design. Or print a broken part to make a robot zombie (just to be different from the usual example). And its getting there.
Of course, if I print a musical instrument, I’m going to try with a simple printed whistle first.
Now I can download a book to read on a hand-held screen. I’d like to be able to design and print (or download) a case for that hand-held screen.
That’s available now.
And if it looks like a child’s spaghetti art piece, when then it looks hand crafted, glitter optional.
Of course, that case may have prevented its screen from cracking. Anyone have a tablet they don’t need?