August 05, 2006

Helping people Bookmark

If you run a blog or a website, chances are that you want to make it easier for people to bookmark you website. Here is a nice little page with list of APIs to help you generate those links for your website.

Switching to an online News reader

Flock News readerFlock has a great News Engine, but over the last few months I realized that unless someone comes out with a something equivalent of Google Sync, I don't think its going to work for me. I have 2 laptops and a desktop to work with and find it difficult to manage and read the daily news items. I did try using the google sync firefox plugin hack to sync flock, but I couldn't get news to sync up. I hope someone comes out with that plugin.

So after giving up on flock I turned to online news readers. The one I've heard a lot about was bloglines. To begin with I think there is a lot of improvements they can do with the UI. It was a serious turn off for me. Then there was the non-Ajax refresh which was another big usability bottleneck. Its hard to understand why they haven't switched to Ajax for most of the server interactions. Bloglines
May be I am dumb, or may be I got used to flock, but I couldn't figure out how to create folders and subfolders for by blogs which I want to read. Managing 200 blogs without subfolders gets a little tough. Bloglines has a few interesting features like creating your own blogs, creating blogrolls, etc... which are nice but they are not for me.

RojoWhile I did find bloglines to have solved my problem, I didn't stop looking until I found Rojo. Rojo was easy to use, Ajax based, with support for subfolders. One feature which I still miss from Flock is the ability to mark individual items are "read" or "unread". Again, I might be dumb, but I can't find this feature in Rojo. But they have a way to flag a news which is very close to what I want.

BTW there were two other news readers I did think about but didn't investigate deep enough. I didn't like Google Reader for its complicated interface, and didn't want to start using MyYahoo after being burnt by their Mail service sometime back.

Predictions for WWDC 2006

While we are at it here are my guesses at whats going to go down at WWDC 2006