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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Of course, they’ve cancelled some of those “useful things” like Google Reader and iGoogle, but unless they can make progress on the social networking thing it makes sense to me to revive Reader in some way and transition the mobile Google Now onto the desktop.

    Oh, I miss Google Reader. But it depended on RSS to feed content and make it useful. Not everyone made an RSS feed available. (RSS isn’t really around anymore at all, is it?) In its place, I’ve found Flipboard, which compiles from some but not all sources. But in order to fill the gap that Google Reader once occupied, it needs to find a way to mimic what RSS used to do.Report

    • Avatar greginak says:

      I’ve found Feedly is a good replacement for G Reader. It does all the same stuff and well. I don’t think i’ve found any source that it can’t handle.Report

    • Avatar Dan Miller says:

      I’ve found that is a decent substitute. Pour one out for the original and still champion, however.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        Speaking of old, abandoned readers… I’m having a devil of a time finding a straight RSS reader that doesn’t suck. I’m still using DemonRSS, which is flawed and relies on the depricated Settings button. I downloaded twenty newer ones, and not a single one of them had DemonRSS’s rather basic functionality (specifically, the ability to sort and categorize the feeds) much less the advanced functionality I was hoping for (the ability to set different autoupdate times among the different categories).Report

  2. Avatar D Clarity says:

    The sad part about Yahoo messenger is that they couldn’t find a way to make money off of it while the spambots had no trouble doing so.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      Yes! I meant to mention this! Yahoo did virtually no policing of their network for spambots. The spambot-to-live-messenger ratio was ridiculous. Their messenger system was actually quite capable. (I mean, expectations were pretty minimal, but unlike AIM, I think Yahoo actually kept logs!) Doesn’t do a whole lot of good when people avoid your platform due to an army of spambots.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    Oh AIM and ICQ… Lord(Lady?) the memories. I met my Husband over ICQ and IRC; Nova Scotia to Minneapolis in 1998. It’s depressing how long ago that feels now.Report