Monthly Archives: April 2007

Why Google Reader rocks…

I’ve been using Google Reader as my blog reader/RSS Aggregator for the past few months. This, after trying out Bloglines, Outlook, NewsGator, RSS Bandit, and countless other desktop, online and mobile RSS readers over the past few years. So, what makes Google reader better than the lot:

1. It’s faaaast. No more waiting for 200 items and images from Engadget to load before I can start reading the first item. GR loads them one at a time.

2. It understands individual items and treats them the right way! Most desktop readers understand the notion of a single item and will mark it unread once you’re done with it, but GR’s one of the few online readers that do the same. I hated the fact that Bloglines marked the entire feed as read after loaded it and read a single item. Google Reader’s also got a quick shortcut to unmark an item as read if you want to come back to it later.

3. Short-cut keys – J for the next item, K for previous item and U to toggle fullscreen mode.

4. List View and Expanded View: And list view expands the item you’re looking at. 

5. Easy subscription: No more hunting around for the RSS feed. Just type in the URL (or use the subscribe bookmarklet) and GR finds the RSS/Atom feed subscribes to it .

6. Shared View: No more mailing out cool blog entries to friends. Just share it out on your Shared Item Page for your friends to follow or even subscribe to!

7. Items can be in multiple ‘virtual folders’ at the same time. Wondering whether to put Slashdot under ‘tech’ or ‘frequent’? Put them in both!

8. Trends and Charts: Need I say more?


So, it looks like I’ve finally found my holy trinity of blogging applications: Google Reader to read, Windows Live Writer to write and Community Server to host. 

Reports of Microsoft’s death have been greatly exaggerated

It’s probably a bit too late for a April fool’s prank, but Paul Graham’s essay ‘Microsoft is Dead‘ has caused a bit of buzz over the weekend. Like most other pieces of anti-Microsoft blabber, it was on Slashdot earlier today.

I read the article with an open mind and ignored minor errors (for e.g. XMLHttpRequest was invented for Outlook Web Access i.e Exchange, not Outlook). But he really lost me when he mentioned point #4:  

Thanks to OS X, Apple has come back from the dead in a way
that is extremely rare in technology.
Their victory is so complete that I’m now surprised when I come across
a computer running Windows. 

Gee – I’m not sure what kind of people Paul Graham meets at Y-Combinator, but how can anyone be surprised when they meet someone with the 96% of computers that run Windows? Hell, Slashdot even reported yesterday that Apple’s marketshare had dropped by a bit last month because of Vista. I guess things are a little different in the real world than in web 2.0 bubbleland.

And the way to bring Microsoft back from the dead? According to Paul Graham:

  • Buy all the good “Web 2.0” startups. They could get substantially
    all of them for less than they’d have to pay for Facebook.
  • Of course, we all know how well that’s working for Yahoo