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Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:32 pm

I'm a big fan of RSS - I think it's probably the best thing to happen to the internet since the invention of HTML and I read the web much more through an RSS reader than a web browser - but most people don't seem to use it. I guess the way the web is centralising around a few services like facebook and twitter has made it less relevant. Does anybody else still use RSS?

Also the RSS reader I use on my phone (SparseRSS) is beginning to creak under the weight of all the feeds I'm subscribed to. Does anybody know of any good RSS reader apps for Android? I'm considering setting up my own Tiny Tiny RSS server but worried it might be too much effort.

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Post by tompony » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:40 pm

I like RSS too, it's great being able to keep up with blogs and things without checking on them all the time. It's also dead nice being able to fire it up and have a bunch of things to read, in those dull moments. You know, the ones that fall between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

I never found a good solution when I had an Android phone, but now that I've got an iPhone I use a nice app called Feedly - and it looks like it has an Android version too: google store link thing. I don't subscribe to a huge amount of feeds though so I can't confirm how well it performs under pressure.

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Post by mightypie » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:50 pm

I use RSS all the time for just about everything I need to read on the web. I like the fact that I can order and control what I read rather than the constant stream of information that is Facebook and even more so Twitter.

I use Google Reader on my PC and Feedly on my phone to keep the two sync'd and that seems to work well with over 200 feeds.
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Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:35 pm

I've checked feedly and it's no good for me as it require's Android 2.2 and my crappy phone's stuck on 2.1. Grrr!

I've always avoided Google Reader cos I like to avoid ad funded/user tracking things but I have signed up to Twitter recently so maybe I'm mellowing in my old age. I'm thinking of looking into it because it would be nice to be able to access feeds from my computer sometimes - Tiny Tiny RSS would be good for that I think but it'll take a bit more setting up.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:38 pm

mightypie wrote:I like the fact that I can order and control what I read rather than the constant stream of information that is Facebook and even more so Twitter.
That's exactly how I feel! I don't really get on with Twitter for that reason. RSS is much more civilised!

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Post by Tomb » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:50 pm

Yep big RSS user still. I use Feedly linked to my Google Reader account.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:02 pm

Twitter do provide RSS feeds so I've been considering trying to do something with Yahoo Pipes to combine all the people I'm following into a single RSS feed and seeing if it's nicer to read that way. But it would mean you wouldn't be able to reply directly to people's posts when you read them so I'm not sure there'd be much point.

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Post by tonieee » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:49 pm

I've just heard that one of the co-inventors of RSS, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide at the weekend while awaiting trial for downloading public domain scientific journals from a subscription based website intending to release them to the public for which he was facing 30 years in prison. Even though I've never heard of him before it's made me sad.

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Post by stolenwine » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:07 pm

that's so so sad. and it's ridiculous that the maximum sentence for raping someone by drugging them is less than the maximum sentence for intending to distribute copyrighted material online. 30 YEARS?! what the actual fuck.
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Post by tonieee » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:45 am

stolenwine wrote:that's so so sad. and it's ridiculous that the maximum sentence for raping someone by drugging them is less than the maximum sentence for intending to distribute copyrighted material online. 30 YEARS?! what the actual fuck.
I'm not sure of the full details but as I understand it, it wasn't copyrighted - it was public domain but the contract for making it available had been given to a company that was charging for access. Also the company he downloaded it from had decided not to press charges even though he was making unauthorised accesses to their servers but the government went after him anyway. Apparently he'd done similar things before so they were probably keen to make co example of him.

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Re: RSS

Post by mightypie » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:38 am

Some bad news today Google are closing Google Reader

Lifehacker has a review of alternatives
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Post by tonieee » Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:38 pm

I currently just use an RSS client on my phone but I've been wanting to switch to a web based one for a while so I can read from other devices. My intention was to host my own Tiny Tiny RSS cos I don't like using centralised services if I can help it but I've been to lazy/busy to do anything about it. Last week I thought that I should stop being so righteous and just use Google Reader like everyone else. I'm glad they confirmed my original opinion before I got round to doing anything about it.

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Post by tonieee » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:07 pm

Today I got the unread articles count in my RSS reader down to zero. It's the first time in months it's been below four figures. I feel like it's such a major life achievement. I'm going to celebrate.


Oh wait... what do I read now?

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