Using Feedly As Google Reader Alternative

English: This icon, known as the "feed ic...

English: This icon, known as the “feed icon” or the “RSS icon”, was introduced in Mozilla Firefox in order to indicate a web feed was present on a particular web page that could be used in conjunction with the Live bookmarks function. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and some other browsers have adopted the icon in order to promote a de facto standard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Couple weeks back, Google announced that it will shut down Google Reader.  This is a bad news for whoever that relies on Google Reader a lot.  In my case, I do rely on Google Reader quite often as it is one of the best ways, if not the best way, to allow me to follow up day to day events around the world and here at home (USA).  Especially, I do really rely on Google Reader to pull in technology RSS feeds.  Unfortunately, just like everyone else, I was frantically looking around for a good alternative to Google Reader.  Luckily, I found Feedly!

Before I found Feedly, I was looking at ManagingNews software which you could download for free and install onto a Linux server/machine.  Unfortunately, at this point in time, ManagingNews 1.2, the latest version, relies on an older Drupal version which contains bugs that have not yet been patched; these bugs might lead to computer security issue in the long run.  Of course, if one is to host ManagingNews for the Internet population, do expect to be hacked as ManagingNews has yet to be patched or updated with a more secure version.  With ManagingNews outdated version, I now turn to Feedly for good.

Feedly is definitely easy to use and intuitive in terms of adding RSS sources (to allow the importation of RSS feeds) and removing them.  Need more proof?  Check out the video right after the break and you would see me messing around with Feedly, in joy.  Enjoy!!!

Installing ManagingNews, An Alternative To Google Reader

Google announced that they will shut down Google Reader in couple months.  I don’t remember the exact date which Google has set to shut down Google Reader, but if I’m not wrong it will be sometime in July of 2013.  Anyhow, since I’m a heavy Google Reader user, it’s hard for me to think that I can go without Google Reader for months and into the infinity.  Nonetheless, Google will shut down Google Reader, and there is nothing we can do about it.  So, I’ve been looking around for Google Reader replacement and I’ve found ManagingNews.  Of course, there might be better alternative Google Reader software/services out there, but for now I’m sticking with ManagingNews.  If you want to know how to use and install ManagingNews onto your computer, please watch the video right after the break.  By the way, ManagingNews is free!  Enjoy the video!!!

Don’t Condemn Google’s Altruistic, Profitable Business Model For Piracy! Just Admit That You’re Jealous Of The Internet!

Google 的貼牌冰箱(Google refrigerator)

Image by Aray Chen via Flickr

Forbes’ The Real Reasons Google Killed SOPA/PIPA article suggests Google is the biggest pirate ever.  So, they claim Google copies the whole Internet.  This is so incorrect!  Google is merely a GPS for the web!  If you want to go somewhere on the Internet, you don’t really have to use Google.  Nonetheless, if you’re really lost, you might need Google to point the way to the right destination.  We call this Google Search.  How about Bing?  Bing is doing the same thing!

OK, so you might argue that Google Reader is copying the entire contents of all online news websites, but you’re so wrong!  Google Reader is only using RSS technology where these news websites are actually voluntarily pushing out their news feeds through RSS technology.  If they don’t want countless Google Reader users to be able to find their news feeds, then they should stop using RSS technology.  It’s just that simple, really!

Now, if you’re still bitter and trying to point out to all of us that YouTube is the biggest pirate of them all.  Then you are probably trying to condemn millions of YouTube users for piracy!  In the reality, YouTube users are creating and pushing their own contents onto YouTube.  User generated contents are not pirate-like contents!  Plus, I might be wrong but I think fair use law allows YouTube users to use certain copyrighted contents within certain limitations without the requirement of acquiring permissions from the copyright holders.  In this context, YouTube users aren’t doing anything wrong.  Of course, there always will be some bad apples among many other apples that reside in the same bucket of apples, and so some YouTube users might be brazenly uploaded copyright materials that are outright infringing on the rights of copyright holders.  Nonetheless, in such cases YouTube usually takes these contents down in a timely manner.

Don’t get me going on why Google Plus isn’t wrong!  Just take a look at Facebook, and you know why Google Plus isn’t wrong!  If you think Google Plus is wrong, then Facebook is just as guilty as Google!  While at it, why don’t you condemn hundred millions of Facebook users and then millions more of Google Plus users too on being pirates?  You see, it’s you against the whole world.  Google, Facebook, and the rest of the major players on the Internet are possible, because the whole world is using them!  In a sense, the whole world is being condemned by you when you say Google is the biggest pirate!  I can rant on, but I rest my case.  It’s so obvious that I think it’s rather mind boggling and pointless and idiotic that I have to even try to defend Google when Google clearly does not even need me to do so.  Nonetheless, common sense makes me do so!

Personal Note:

  • I did not mention other Google services since Google has a huge list of FREE services that would add pages to my single blog post.
  • Hundred millions of users are obviously being so beneficial to have being able to use Google services freely without being charged for any fee!  
  • Not only Google Search, but Google Gmail is so necessary.  I know, because I use Gmail everyday!
  • Google Adsense and Adwords are perfectly making sense!  If someone thinks Google is doing something wrong by placing ads on their search engine, then I think such a person isn’t making sense.  It’s like somebody tries to tell you how you should decorate your own house!  
  • It’s also making sense that Google has to make money to keep pushing out useful, free services.  
  • It’s OK for the whole Internet to display ads! 

A Quick Glance At RSSLounge

RSSLounge is something similar to Google Reader.  The difference between RSSLounge and Google Reader is that you cannot sign up for an account with RSSLounge, but you have to download it and install onto your own local server/computer.  So, in a way, it’s like a private Google Reader, and nobody could access it unless you allow somebody to access it via your local IP address or public IP address.  I’d uploaded a short preview video of RSSLounge onto YouTube, but you can check the video right after the break!  Just so you know, RSSLounge has nothing to do with Google Reader, because RSSLounge’s developer isn’t working for Google or the developer of Google Reader.

For your information, RSSLounge is free to download and free to use!  It’s an open source software!  RSSLounge supports several Linux operating systems, and Ubuntu is one of them.  Also, you must use the latest MySQL, Apache, and PHP, or else RSSLounge might fail to install onto your local server/computer.  After unzipping the download package of RSSLounge from RSSLounge’s official website, you can check out the Readme.txt to read the instruction within so you can install RSSLounge onto your local server/computer.  Don’t forget to apply a cronjob to your server to tell RSSLounge to update new RSS feeds between specific intervals.