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Cool Tools - Feedly RSS reader

It would be useful to know why you consider Feedly to be better than other similar services you’ve tried.

When Google Reader closed I tried Newsblur and Feedbin and another that I forget. Newsblur was good but had a lot of extra features that I didn’t need (very social ones, commenting, blogging etc) so I went with Feedbin:

It’s been steadily improving ever since, in both features and appearance. The website works very well for reading, and lots of apps (like Reeder) use Feedbin’s API to provide specific iOS, Mac, Android, etc reading experiences.

It costs $3/month or $30/year which I’m more than happy to pay to support the developer, given what happened to the free Google Reader.

On 19 May 2014. Permalink

Crossword blog: are super-solvers born, not made? | Crosswords |

We’ve been trying to solve one a week (Monday’s, so usually Rufus) over lunchtimes at work, usually 2+ of us. I think we’re better than when we started a couple of years ago, but we still almost never finish one over five days.

But, given more quiet thinking time (ie, on holiday, with no distractions), I have occasionally got close to finishing one. So, given I knew nothing about them not so long ago, that’s some progress.

On 23 September 2013. Permalink

Sherlock Phone-Box Shrine Desecrated | Londonist

I’m not sure why this is news - the phone box is cleaned up quite often, only to have the post-its etc reapplied soon after.

On 14 September 2013. Permalink

Shorter films (Noisy Decent Graphics)

How about trailers for movies, or the “Previously, on…” summaries at the start of TV episodes, as examples of dense film-making? Have a complete story told in snippets like that…

On 27 August 2013. Permalink

Boat Race protester Trenton Oldfield ordered to leave UK | World news | The Guardian

This is outrageous. I can’t believe things could go this wrong in this day and age.

“…he wrote a blog setting out his rationale…”

No, he wrote a “blog post”.

What is this country coming to!

On 23 June 2013. Permalink

Letters: Peerless Wigan | From the Guardian | The Guardian

Catherine Shoard describes Col Needham as the man who “created the Internet Movie Database” (G2, 13 May). While true in a technical sense, this ignores the vast amount of data contributed, free, by users of the original website. Without their unrewarded (and apparently forgotten) labours, IMDb would not have been as attractive to Amazon in 1998, if at all.
Phil Gyford

On 14 May 2013. Permalink

Six degrees of IMDb founder Col Needham | Film | The Guardian

Catherine Shoard fails to even mention the huge number of volunteers who contributed the data which went into IMDb in the early years. Without their enthusiastic work I can’t imagine Amazon would have had much interest in the site. Imagine Wikipedia if it was solely the work of its two founders - not much use. An article about websites and services that profit from the volunteer work of their users would be interesting.

On 13 May 2013. Permalink