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Wither RSS

Sure enough, just a month or so after I posted my thoughts on RSS, Google goes and decides to decommission Google Reader, forcing me to find an alternative. However, I'm not quite ready to give up RSS yet, so after experimenting with Twitter and such. I've jumped shot over to Feedly. It's a good reader, a bit heavier than Google Reader was, but it gets the job done and stays out of the way for the most part.

I think the RSS still has a place in our media world today. Or even if RSS as a standard needs to change, the basic paradigm of RSS should remain. The ability to have news articles queued up in a special area, so that you can come back to read them later, is a useful feature. If you step away from things like Twitter you run the risk of missing a great deal of headlines. Social sites like Facebook and G+ often try to "smartly" chose what to show you, which isn't useful either. So having the ability top scan all my headlines, pick which ones I want to read…

The Great Experiment

Recently, a tech journalist that I've followed for many years, and who is an Apple fanboy, posted a series talking about why he switched from an iPhone to an Android phone. It's a good read, and worth the time to see why he made the decision he did. Since I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus sitting on my desk as a Wi-Fi device, I thought, "What the heck, let's give this a go for a week." So for the past week I've shelved my trusty iPhone 5 and have delved deep into the world of stock Android 4.1. So in the spirit of "copying is the sincerest form of flattery" here's my write-up of my experiences with Google's mobile OS.

First, I need to make one caveat. After using the Nexus for a week I have to say that I do NOT like this device. It constantly loses 4G signal, and the battery life almost makes it unusable. I could barely make it to lunch before I was at 20-30% battery. So in the spirit of fairness, if I truly wanted to switch full time to Android…