Monday, February 9, 2009

RSS Reader

I've decided to try using an RSS reader again. I've used Google Reader and Sage in the past, but I never felt like it made viewing content any easier or more convenient than just going to the original website. I'd heard that NetNewsWire is a good desktop RSS reader, so I decided to give it a try. More and more I dislike desktop applications in favor of web based services for their ease of access (yes I am aware of the security implications, its a slippery slope, I know), but NetNewsWire syncs up with NewsGator for online viewing of feeds while away from my computer. NetNewsWire is a Mac only application, which is okay as I have a Mac laptop, but NewsGator also sports a Windows based application called FeedDemon. FeedDemon is also supposed to be excellent, although different.

So far I've only tried out NetNewsWire and thus far, I am quite pleased with it. It has a built in browser with which it can load full pages but I still prefer my Firefox to anything else. Just be aware, the web interface on NewsGator is not encrypted which leads me to believe that there isn't much privacy with this application and the web service running it. This isn't really an issue for me, I don't try to make a secret of the feeds I'm following. If this level or privacy is important to you, I'd recommend Google Reader for its encryption between you're browser and Google's server. My guess is that from the outsiders point of view, there isn't any way of knowing who's reader account gets which feeds so its probably a bit safer than NewsGator if you're really worried about it.

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