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Oddly named BazQux could be excellent Google Reader replacement

RSS ReaderRecently my favorite iPad based news reader, Feeddler, announced they'd chosen their new back-end service - BazQux.  The race is on to replace Google Reader, and the Feeddler guy spent the last few months looking for an alternative back end service, and chose BazQux, leading me to go take a look.  It's a competent new

The Old Reader probably not fit for new paradigms of news reading

RSS ReaderThe Old Reader was originally developed by people upset that Google removed social sharing features from Google Reader.  The idea was if Google was going to gut supposedly useful features from Reader, they'd develop their own Reader to preserve those features.  Fast forward a couple years and now we have Google about to kill its Reader, and Old Reader isn't quite up to the snuff of replacing it.

Newsify mobile news reader app supports Feedly, doesn't do tags

mzl.wkuvbqhi.320x480-75I'm looking for a Google Reader Replacement and in reviewing Feedly, I came across Newsify because it now uses Feedly as the back end.  This means that Newsify users can quickly switch from using Google Reader, to using Feedly, and still use Newsify to read

Feedly is a great Google Reader replacement, almost

RSS ReaderFeedly's newly launched Google Reader replacement is very good, with most of the Reader features I want.  While its' feature set is incomplete today, the company is clearly planning to implement everything and to be responsive to their user base in developing additional features.  I have a fairly specific workflow for processing news items, and Feedly does almost everything that I need it to do, including support for

Textastic is a free competent programmers text editor

textstaticsMac's get used by software developers to write code.  We coders need competent software text editors.  That means syntax coloring and some other specific features for coding, such as making sure not to mangle the difference between a tab and a space.  Textastic is a competent programmers editor that happens to be free and is available in the Mac App Store.  It's also available as an iPad/iPhone app, and an upcoming version wi

Fotor - the free image editing app for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windoze

I'm in the market for a free or low cost image editing application, one to resize images, do a little bit of touch-ups, manipulate the metadata tags, that sort of thing.  Nothing complex, and I certainly don't need Photoshop.  I heard of Fotor, supposedly a good image application and better yet it's free.

I have tested the Mac OS X desktop version on my laptop.  It's downloadable via their website, or available through the Mac App Store.  I got my copy through the App Store, and it was quite easy.

How to diagnose Mac OS X startup disk being almost full

The 200 gigabyte disk in your laptop may have seemed infinitely huge when you bought it, but as it so often seems true there's a pattern of empty space getting filled up with stuff.  On a Mac OS X machine you find out the disk is full when the system pops up a dialog saying "Your startup disk is almost full.

Why is Google canceling Google Reader? Was it due to the redesign that gutted features?

RSS ReaderIt is surprising when a company wants to kill a popular product, and Google Reader certainly is a popular product.  Lots of people are using it, and are rabid users of the service.  But as I noted earlier, Google is planning to kill Reader in July 2013, and my response is to collect some requirements and look for a

Google Reader being retired in July, despite millions of passionate users

RSS ReaderToday, Google announced that Google Reader was to be retired on July 1, 2013.  For me this is a difficult piece of news to receive, because I read the news using Google Reader, and I am constantly using that application to keep abreast of news.  Google Reader, coupled with Google Alerts, has been an excellent way to keep up with things.  With the combination, I've programmed a long list of news/blog searches into Aler

Digitizing old audio cassette tapes, modernizing your life and reducing clutter

cassette-tapes-webDo you have boxes of old cassette tapes you want to digitize and bring into the modern world?  Digitizing cassette tapes to create MP3 files is pretty simple, almost as simple as playing a cassette tapes.  There are a range of cassette players available with a USB port, making the task of creating MP3 files from your old cassette tapes very simple.

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