Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More New Stuff

I've got a few new changes to the blog today. I changed my RSS feed from Blogger's standard RSS or Atom to Feedburner. You can subscibe by clicking the  RSS Feed button on the right sidebar.

Do any of you guys use feed readers? If you don't, you really might want to look into them. I've been using Newzcrawler for about two years now and I love it! I suggest finding one that you are comfortable with and using it like crazy. There isn't much need to pay for your local paper anymore.

To learn more about feed readers, and to view a list of free ones click to:

For those of you unsure what a "feed reader" is:

An aggregator or news aggregator or feed reader is client software that uses a web feed to retrieve syndicated web content such as weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites, or in the case of a search aggregator, a customized set of search results.

The following from About.com

RSS feed readers offer one of the most efficient ways to follow news, web site and software updates, newsletters, blogs and more. Many of the best news aggregators for Windows are available for free. Find them reviewed here.

1) Omea Reader

Omea Reader makes staying up to date with RSS feeds, Usenet news and web pages a smooth experience tailored to your reading style and organizing talent with search folders, annotations, categories and workspaces.

2) Awasu Personal Edition

Awasu Personal Edition is an extremely feature-rich RSS feed reader. The option to enhance it with plug-ins and hooks in particular makes Awasu a powerful aggregator, in spite of some limitations.

3) Bloglines

Bloglines is a great, web-based way to read RSS feeds. There's no software to wrestle with, and using Bloglines is smooth and easy. Unfortunately, searching and a few other features are missing.

4) Google Reader

Google Reader is a decidedly simple yet very usable and, thanks to a flexible labeling system, quite comprehensive web-based RSS feed reader.

5) RSS Bandit

RSS Bandit is a nice and very capable feed reader that lets you browse news in an organized fashion. Its flexibility, virtual folders and synchronization abilities are great, but it would be even greater if it integrated with Bloglines and NewsGator Online, too.

6) Squeet

Squeet delivers news items from RSS and Atom feeds to your email Inbox, integrating them nicely with other incoming "stuff" and exposing them to all the power of your email program while providing convenient subscription management itself. Unfortunately, Squeet emails themselves are not all that appealing and, worse, hard-coded to take up too much horizontal screen estate. More flexible delivery schedules would be great, too.

7) intraVnews

intraVnews makes Outlook read RSS feeds naturally, allowing for smart grouping, searching, filtering and archiving of news items and blog posts. Unfortunately, intraVnews' interface is not always straight forward, and the option to post news would be great, too.

8) SharpReader

SharpReader is a great RSS feed reader that knows how to organize news and blogs in their logical order to make following them easy. Virtual folders and searches would be logical next steps.

9) Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is a fully featured, secure and very functional email client and RSS feed reader. It lets you handle mail efficiently and with style, and Mozilla Thunderbird filters away junk mail too.

10) BlogExpress

BlogExpress is a nice, simple and highly functional news reader. You can't currently use it to search news or work on individual items, though.