Saturday, March 16, 2013

Links & Thoughts...

I haven't done a link list in a while, but as I get my rss feed caught up, I thought I'd share a few...

Giant camera resolution text charts

Hong Kong's cramped apartments

Calvin & Hobbes in real photos
... and as an engagement theme

Art Talks

In the footsteps of Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher

A Fork of One's Own: a history of culinary revolution

Questioning Bob Woodward's credibility

6 ÷ 2(1+2) is a lot more complicated than it looks

Wow. Perhaps too many of us have cameras these days. Is it cheapening photography? Will people realize we still need great photographers?



And finally... I started this link list almost a week ago. But life kept tugging me away from my rss feed (in a good way! nice weather and visits from family and lots of cooking!), and it's taken me this long to get it caught up. And in the meantime, we've gotten the sad news that Google is snuffing Reader. Fortunately, D&S is on top of the challenge this creates: to find an alternative before the lights go out in July.

But there are other issues at work as well. As I said over there in the comments, "in addition to being a trauma for Google Reader fans, this experience also calls attention to our vulnerability when it comes to all sorts of cloud-based applications. I'm now starting to wonder if I should switch to my own install of Wordpress, because then I would own my blog, instead of keeping it in rented space. Twitter, Facebook, Google+... it's all someone else's party and what assurances do we have that we won't be abruptly kicked to the curb in those places as well?"

Changes may be afoot once again... any thoughts?

12 comments:

Keera Ann Fox said...

I switched to Google reader so I could have access to my stuff from any device or any place, and of course, just weeks later, it is slated for discontinuation.

The idea of moving eveything to one's own website, including an RSS-feed page and blog, is looking more attractive. There is a risk involved in relying on the cloud from one provider.

alice said...

Do you know of any options for a self-hosted rss feed page? I've looked around at wordpress plugins (just a little, so I very well may have missed something), but they tend to work like news tickers, and I'd want one that keeps track of what's read and unread at the moment.

Divers and Sundry said...

thx for sharing the link to my post. i'm gonna seriously miss google reader. i chose them long ago and, though i've looked for alternatives off and on, have found nothing that suits me as well.

those free online services are so easy that it's hard to give them up. if i were a high-volume blog or a business, i think i'd have moved to self-hosting and paying for a web presence long ago. it just hasn't seemed worth it in my particular position.

alice said...

Years ago, I hosted my own blog -- first with pivot and then with wordpress. But I eventually switched to blogger because I was tired of the tech side of things. I just wanted it to work all the time, without having to hassle with upgrades and troubleshooting. But here's the tradeoff, and I'm not sure how I feel about it...

Keera Ann Fox said...

I have a stand-alone RSS-reader (Vienna), but am clueless about what's available web-based, 3rd party or not, plug-in or not. I've tended to avoid RSS-readers for my daily stuff since I read that stuff daily (as it were).

But now that I have links I read in different places, I want accessibility across devices. Am looking at what Lifehacker suggested and find that I'd like to go for one that also has mobile apps. Newsblur's site is down as I write (not a good sign), Netvibes' basic may not be good enough, so I've installed Feedly. I love its look!

alice said...

I just installed it and am trying it out... so far, I'm impressed with feedly! But how are they monetizing it? It's very pretty, but before I get dug in, I'd like to know that they're able to pay the bills (I checked the wiki entry, but it doesn't say).

alice said...

ps. This is a comfort!

Divers and Sundry said...

"Newsblur's site is down as I write (not a good sign)"

i wouldn't read too much into that. i hear these places are getting way more traffic than usual because of people switching from google reader. i expect that to settle down soon. in fact, i'm waiting until the first mad rush is over to even start checking out the others.

Keera Ann Fox said...

NewsBlur is up and I'm going to try it now. Or not. Free accounts have been suspended due to overwhelming demand.

Revive my Yahoo account? I can't figure out how to add a new feed to Feedly without editing Google Reader. I mean, if Google Reader is going away, I want to be able to use its replacement exclusively from the start.

alice said...

I think maybe adding sites on feedly is a matter of needing to get used to the (rather indirect, imho) process.

I went and found the feedly blog, and coped the URL. Then went back to feedly, clicked the "add website" button, and the only things it found in the search were a few comment feeds.

But when I tried again... clicked the "add website" button, and this time searched on just the word "feedly," the top search result was the feed that I wanted. From there it was easy to add.

It's different. But I think I could get used to it.

alice said...

(And good point, D&S! All the rss alternatives must be getting slammed this weekend!)

Keera Ann Fox said...

Well, Feedly is pretty, so I'll give it another try.