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Feedspot takes lead as Google Reader replacement by making RSS export free

feedspot-logoThe race for a credible Google Reader replacement has been on for months since the Google Reader Shutdown.  One of the contending services, Feedspot, just gained a big advantage with an announcement this morning that their RSS Export feature was now available for free accounts.

Apple's new iPhone trade-in upgrade program is good recycling news

iPhonesApple's iPhone trade-in program is rolling out in Apple stores across the US according to several reports.  It's possible to trade an iPhone for a later model through several places now, such as Best Buy.  But from Apple's point of view they want the customer to remain an Apple iPhone customer, whereas through other programs the "upgrade" could be to an Android device.   Customers are given a value for their iPhon

Olympus E-PL2 upgrade choice between E-PL5 or Nikon D3200

E-PL5-hero-black_1Have been looking for a new camera to replace my Olympus PEN E-PL2 and after weighing a number of parameters am going to upgrade to the Olympus PEN E-PL5.  I'm doing this instead of, for example, a Nikon D3200, for reasons I'll get to in a minute.  The E-PL5 is hugely improved over the E-PL2, and because it's nearly identically sized switching to the E-PL5 will be very familia

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.

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