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Old 05-24-13, 06:45 AM
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RSS reader to replace Google Reader?

Anybody here use an RSS reader they'd like to recommend? For the last couple of years I've been happily using Google Reader, but that's going to go away as of July 1. I've been putting off finding a replacement because (a) I really don't want to and (b) I've been hoping for one to become dominant and be the obvious choice. The time is getting closer and closer, so I'm going to have to make the change.

What do people like? I'd prefer not to have to have another program running all the time and I do use outlook on my work machine for all my work e-mails (and occasionally check work e-mails at home on my outlook client - not too often though, which is why I don't have gmail check it like I do all my other e-mail accounts), but I'm not sure I want all the RSS feeds I read going through my work machine. Might do it anyway if there's no other obvious choice, but I'm sure one of you experts out there has a better solution. Have at it.
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Old 05-24-13, 09:26 AM
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Prompted by the same reason as you, I have moved to Feedly. Happy with it so far.
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I stole an old desktop-based Perl script a friend of mine used to generate a feeds page in HTML, then converted it into a CGI and tossed it up in my web space.

This solution won't work for everybody.
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even reading the word perl gives me bad memories about that class where they tried to teach me to script bioperl.
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When I get time, I intend on figuring out why the generated page looks funny (different font sizes on different feeds) on mobile devices. It'd be nice if I could add feeds from the web instead of logging in and editing a file, but that is not so important.

I have also considered writing something similar in PHP so I don't need mod_perl or CGI access for it to work.
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Oh yeah, and Atom support, too.
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FWIW I've been https://theoldreader.com It took forever to set up (I assume mass migration from Google, so it might be better now) but once I started using it I like it.
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I've heard that the queue for theoldreader was quite long.
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This thread on metafilter has some recommendations.

From one of the comments:
Reader is like an iceberg, the vast scale and utility of which is hidden behind its deceptively minimalist, even outdated homepage.

It's not just the interface and UI, which is pretty easy to clone. It's the staggering infrastructure that powers it -- the sophisticated search crawlers scouring the web and delivering near-real-time updates, the industrial-scale server farms that store untold petabytes of searchable text and images relevant to you (much of it from long-vanished sources), the ubiquitous Google name that makes the service a popular platform for innumerable third-party apps, scripts, and extensions.

It's possible to code up something that looks and feels a lot like Reader in three months, with the same view types and shortcuts. But to replicate its core functionality -- fast updates, archive search, stability, universal access, wide interoperability -- takes Google-scale engineering I doubt anybody short of Micosoft/Yahoo can emulate. It was very nearly a public service, and its going to be frustrating trying to downsize expectations for such a core web service to what a startup -- even a subscription-backed one -- can accomplish.
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I wrote a PHP-based RSS/Atom reader on Friday (see simplepie.org for the library I used). Quicker than the Perl one I had been using. It's pretty dumb (just like the perl one was), it just spits out the latest 4 headlines in link form from all of the feed URLs specified in a file and organizes it in an HTML page.

I'll give any of y'all the code if you have webspace for it.
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I tried Feedly, but hated it. I use an RSS reader at both work and home. Work computer is a PC, home is a Mac. I'd prefer to use the same reader, so that they'll sync with each other. Feedly initially was great, but it behaves differently on Mac than on PC. I like how it works on the PC, but hate how it works on the Mac (the "sidebar" list of subscriptions is always visible on PC, but auto-hides on a Mac).

So I checked out The Old Reader.

Originally Posted by The Human Car View Post
FWIW I've been https://theoldreader.com It took forever to set up (I assume mass migration from Google, so it might be better now) but once I started using it I like it.
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I've heard that the queue for theoldreader was quite long.
It did take quite a while for it to import all of my feeds (at least a week, if not two). And they say that you can go ahead and subscribe to any feed you want, and after the import there won't be duplicates, but they lie. I had duplicates all over the place. Having to clean them out motivated me to clean out some feeds that I don't care about anymore, though.

A friend of mine (Cali Lewis from GeekBeat.tv) tested 5 replacements, and chose The Old Reader as the best. I talked to her after she tested them, and she said that the feed import went really quickly for her. She thought that it was because she doesn't have a lot of feeds, and she did the import much later than everyone else.
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Old 05-28-13, 09:39 AM
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Maybe I'll try that as well and see which I continue using after a week or two. I really like how google reader, when I leave it open all day, lists the number of new posts I have to read on the tab so I know whether it's worth checking or not. That something I've missed so far using Feedly. I only have 10 or so things that I follow, so hopefully it won't be too bad for me.
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only 32 users in front of me, so hopefully it won't take too long.
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I had like 1700 in front of me and that took days and days.
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Done already and it seems like that's the one I'm going to go with. Not quite as good as modern google reader, but it looks like it does what I want.
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I installed Tiny Tiny RSS on my web server.
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So far, I'm really liking The Old Reader with the one exception that it seems to pick up on new posts several hours after Google Reader does unless I manually reload feeds that I know have new posts. Guess I need to be more patient and it's not a big hole in functionality because I get them eventually anyway.
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