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  • Rarst, I’m with you totally on Google Reader.

    Two big gripes:
    1) I can’t subscribe to a private blog, as Reader has no ability to input username and password
    2) The right side of the screen wastes good real estate on irrelevant stuff that would be a good area to sort and filter feeds.

    If I knew of a better free feed, I’d use it… just don’t know of one.

  • @Brian Krogsgard

    1) I can’t subscribe to a private blog, as Reader has no ability to input username and password

    I very rarely have need to subscribe to private stuff, mostly just use Opera for that. It is likely one of the issues with underlying Google Reader architecture – you don’t really subscribe to finds as individual. Google’s cloud subscribes to feeds and then sends updates to the front end.

    2) The right side of the screen wastes good real estate on irrelevant stuff that would be a good area to sort and filter feeds.

    Not sure what view you refer to – special pages or feed reading. In reading feeds my UserCSS just makes items’ content span whole screen (in larger font as well) instead of being in default thin column.

    If I knew of a better free feed, I’d use it… just don’t know of one.

    There are plenty of desktop applications for feeds, but sadly online sync is whole different story. Google Reader dominates the niche for a reason – competition is small and over half of major services died out by now.

  • Al

    Why not use Opera’s feed reader? I do and I’m happy with it.

  • @Al

    I did and quite actively. Issues I had with it at the time so I moved on:

    – no online sync of any kind (still stands)
    – no folders (just checked and it seems it can do that now)
    – performance issues started at ~200 feeds (no idea if current version behaves better with that many feeds)

    Lack of online sync is probably main downside for me. Going through same feed items at home and at work is extremely inefficient.

  • @Rarst

    Yep. I have one private blog running P2 that I use and I can’t subscribe to it with Google Reader because it doesn’t allow login. Very annoying.

    My screen has extra space on the right where it shows “recently read” and “tips and tricks” where I’d prefer to be able to drag some folder management to.

    I too need to be able to access my reader remotely, so don’t want to switch to a desktop app.

  • Sandrina

    what changes happened to feeddemon?

  • Dustin

    I’ve found Brief to be my favorite reader… It requires Firefox, but it’s worth it.

    http://brief.mozdev.org/

  • @Dustin

    Looks nice, but I am long time Opera user. Switching for RSS extension won’t be worth it for me.

  • g_rudi

    Have you tried sage extension for firefox?

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