Asking for Feedback: An Untenable Practice

I’m so tired of purported technology news sites—I won’t name names here—asking for reader feedback at the end of every story. I go to such sites to get reporting and analysis from professionals, not whiny, trollish commenters. I realize that comments can be ignored, and I do ignore them, but it smacks of blatant unprofessionalism when reporters and bloggers ask for readers’ opinions. I realize sites want to encourage community and I’m all for it but how about allowing readers to formulate their own opinions and respond accordingly without begging them for feedback.

The So-Called ‘Scientific’ Mind

I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called ‘scientific’ mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

— Cynthia Ozick

Google Reader and the Promise of The Cloud


I don’t often feel compelled to write a blog post. I’m not that passionate about many things. Apple, yes, but I don’t regularly blog about Apple announcements or Apple products. In fact, I don’t regularly blog at all. But yesterday news broke that affects a large part of my daily routine: news consumption. I’m an RSS junkie, a feed fiend, a veritable devourer of news. Most of fits neatly into categories I’m interested in—Apple, cars, racing, technology. I check my feeds as often as I can. I use multiple devices for this: iPhone 5 (primarily), iPad 2, and two Macs. There’s a lot of ways to consume feeds but these days it really comes down to two general methods: e-mail style clients (e.g. NetNewsWire, a classic) and magazine style clients (Flipboard being the most well known). I’ve dabbled with Flipboard. It’s a great application on iOS and it’s a visually appealing way to consume news. Being an early adopter of RSS, I’m more comfortable with the older e-mail style. I like knowing how many articles are unread. I like  feeling like I’m done after I’ve checked my feeds. Flipboard doesn’t offer this kind of granularity but e-mail style clients do. Continue reading “Google Reader and the Promise of The Cloud”