Google Reader and the Promise of The Cloud

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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”