Google Reader Wish List

February 8, 2007

Speaking of Google Reader, 901 AM (or I guess that’s 90.1 AM) has a nice list of Needed Features and Fixes for Google Reader.

Most of these are pretty good (although I wonder how small your list of feeds is if you really need a “new story available” pop-up), but the one that really intrigued me was:

Solve Overflow Memory Leak Problems: The ability to auto-refresh or just manually refresh your RSS feeds in Google Reader is a great feature, but the downside is you will find all those feeds build up in your session, and if your running Firefox, this can cause some serious memory leaks, if you use it frequently.

If I could find a place to turn off auto-refresh, I could be a much happier camper with Google Reader (since I suspect he’s right that that’s a lot of the Firefox problem). Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a setting to turn this off — am I missing something obvious?

I’ve gotten around some of the problems I’ve had since they did Video Embeds by using the “U” shortcut to lose the folder navigation while I’m reading — that seems to keep it from locking up all over the place (although there’s still some user interface oddities, like large grey boxes that appear over text occasionally), but if I could go back to the normal view and not have it freeze, I’d be thrilled.

Better RSS Reader Needed

February 5, 2007

Living on the bleeding edge of technology is a pain in the ass some days. I waste a lot of time with use RSS readers heavily — they let me stay on top of things quickly, and allow me to accumulate detailed information on topics that I can drill down into when the need arises and time allows.

Unfortunately, I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to just keep one of them working.

Back in the dark days, when I was living in Windows, FeedDemon was my go-to RSS reader. When I started working cross-platform, I started using Bloglines — the footprint on any given machine was minimal, my “last reads” were updated everywhere, and it worked well.

For awhile.
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