Archive for May, 2006

Bloglines is old and busted. Gregarius is the new hotness.

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I installed Gregarius tonight and successfully set it up to replace Bloglines. The install is public and at ryanwick.net/feeds

A few minor things were more difficult than they probably should have been, and there were (and still are) problems with a couple feeds, but overall it was a smooth transfer. I reordered some feeds and changed things around from my previous setup but didn’t alter the order too much.

I really like how in Gregarius you have to mark specific items or feeds as read, otherwise it leaves them unread. This means that if you glance at something, but then move on to something else, it doesn’t get marked as read (a wonderful Bloglines “feature” that I won’t miss). Also, you can control how many feed items appear on a “page”, so if you don’t want to be hit with 100+ unread items all at once you don’t have to.

There’s a few UI additions or changes I’d make, but I’m not sure how much time I want to devote to tweaking this, as I’m very happy with the default.

Time to move away from Bloglines

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Overall I’ve been fairly happy with Bloglines, but recently I’ve been increasingly frustrated with the service. Between downtime, UI inconsistencies, the fact that you can’t retrieve past the most recent 200 items in feeds (it’s all text – how hard is it to archive?), and that there is no pagination in long unread lists, I think it’s time to look for an alternative.

I need a web-based reader, so Gregarius is at the top of the seemingly short list. It would be nice not to have to setup and manage yet another app, but word is that Gregarius isn’t very fussy.
I may also check out Google’s Reader, but it doesn’t look ready for primetime yet.