As Google marches forward in its quest for global domination I’ve been putting forth an effort to transfer some non-essential services elsewhere. My e-mail service is not going anywhere soon but something less crucial is my Google Reader account.
After finding several services that charged for more than 20 RSS feeds I came upon FeedDemon. I think I found it through a Lifehacker post. This post also lead me to a Hive Five for feed readers (Hive Five is Lifehacker’s Top 5 contest). In this contest Google Reader garnered the most votes with FeedDemon being an admittedly distant second.
Here’s a brief synopsis of my discoveries after using FeedDemon:
From this experience I’ve come to the conclusion that if you seek a single RSS reader then the key will come down to synchronization or not. With one computer and no need to sync FeedDemon easily comes out on top but when synchronization becomes an issue Google Reader is the way to go.
Some other considerations might be whether you prefer web applications versus desktop applications. This could make a difference if you are on a netbook for example. I listed it in both Pros and Cons because even for a desktop computer it can be a boon as well as an inconvenience.
Setting aside a desire to use a single feed reader FeedDemon makes it easy to enjoy the desktop experience while also being able to use the web option. I think this is a great option for those who are interested.
Thinking about privacy issues though I recently found an interesting predicament. When it comes to groups online (such as Google) is it better to have information spread out all over the internet or stored with a single group? That is, if I searched the web with Bing, got e-mail with Yahoo e-mail, watched videos with DailyMotion, and so on is my information better off than if I used Google for all those things (search, Gmail, YouTube, etc.)?
When Lifehacker asks if its readers would switch to Internet Explorer 9 saying IE9 "looks truly different" you know something big is happening. They have a pretty good overview of the new features in IE9 with some extra exposition on the approach it takes to webapps.
I’m most excited about the GPU acceleration for websites. For more than a decade now I’ve had a GPU that has enhanced my gaming. It’s only been about half that time that the operating system began to leverage the computational capabilities of the GPU. Lately the user experience on the computer has shifted over to the browser and even now most are limited to using the CPU even on high end computers. Adobe Flash 10.1 recently introduced GPU acceleration to its Flash content (at least in a beta release… it seems it actually hasn’t been implemented yet on OS X but I’m quite certain it’s implemented in Windows versions of Flash) and it’s made things much smoother for videos on my laptop. The advantage of GPU acceleration is really for netbook type computers where they can’t have monstrous CPUs to save on battery but when they encounter a tough-to-render page they can get help from the GPU. This combination means even netbooks can have the ability to load high quality websites without sacrificing the battery life for when all that isn’t necessary (such as typing up a document or looking at a simple webpage).