For a long time now I've been a loyal AmphetaDesk user. I've written and even contributed a few hacks to the code and have integrated it into my blogging framework. But recently it's been bugging me. It doesn't yet grok Atom and I haven't had the time too add it. There are a few bugs that I simply haven't had time to track down--they're just on the wrong side of the annoying threshold to merit any real attention. And the single-threaded nature of it is problematic at times too.
I've been thinking about switching to something else. Since I still use Linux as my primary OS on my trusty ThinkPad (I'm contemplating switch to a PowerBook, but that's another drama), I looked at the options.
They all sucked hard in various ways. I won't go into how each of them sucked, because that's not my point. Eventually I convinced myself to consider a web-based service. That, in and of itself, is not a big deal. After all, AmphetaDesk is web based. The difference, however, is one of control. I controlled my own AD install.
After I got over that mental hump, I took another look at Bloglines and am quite impressed with the progress since I lasted toyed with it. Mark Fletcher and crew are doing an amazing job. Mark's no idiot. He knows a lot about building very large web-based systems and it shows.
As a publisher, I love the fact that Bloglines tells me
how many subscribers it represents each time it pulls one of my feeds.
That's such a nice touch.
I still hope we can get something similar
implemented for the My Yahoo! RSS module. Yahoo now does this too.
My tentative plan, barring someone depositing a brand new 15" PowerBook on my doorstep, is to switch to Bloglines over the weekend and use it as my primary aggregator for the next few weeks. I'm curious to see if it really is as usable as it feels in day to day usage.
I'll try to post notes of anything significant I discover along the way.
Posted by jzawodn at March 22, 2004 11:21 PM