Mind blown, again!
By today’s standards, the spacecraft’s technology is laughable: it carries an 8-track tape recorder and computers with one-240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.
But Voyager 1 has become — thrillingly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first probe to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when Voyager was launched in 1977, the same year “Star Wars” was released.
via “Exiting the Solar System and Fulfilling a Dream” The NY Times
What entirely blows me away is that even at 11.7 billion miles from our planet, it’s transmissions only take 17 hours to reach us.
It certainly gives one a moment’s pause when you realize that mankind is being represented by 8-track tape recorder and a gold, long-play record.
Does it seem to you that the post-Google Reader apocalypse is still shaking my world, maybe even just a little too much? You’d be right! Besides the issue of finding a workable Reader replacement (ok, alternative), there are other aftershocks as well. (Feedly is my nominee for this year’s Webbys, but it still falls down on a few important points for me.)
Take, for instance, the “Blogging News” RSS widget in this site’s footer, which is now just a sad, lonely, empty box. That widget fed off the public RSS feed of a Google Reader collection of various sites that I’d subscribed to and which dealt specifically with blogging for bloggers. While the individual feeds are still available, I can no longer publish them as a new feed and I haven’t found the Google Reader alternative that can.
So, what to do? About the only possibility I can see at this point is to add these sites to a new Blogroll in my sidebar (are any of my 5 readers actually reading/using those Blogroll sites?) Suggestions would be most welcome!
More News about Google Reader:
A quick update and reminder on the upcoming demise of Google Reader.
As you may have seen around the web, Feedly is the big winner with millions of signups right after the announcement back in March and now ahead of Google Reader’s retirement on July 1. Feedly has been running to get everyone’s data into the cloud with their Normandy initiative, but Feedly does come with some drawbacks, at least for me:
- Right now a Google account log-in is required to use the service. According to Feedly, other log-in options will be coming later.
- Currently I can’t push interesting articles to some of my “must have” services, including
Evernoteand WordPress! (Maybe someone will come up with a IFTTT recipe for WordPress.com?)
- No search. No matter how many feeds I read a day, being able to search my RSS feeds is a must. If I find an interesting article, I want to be able to search for other related articles on the same topic. My reading isn’t always linear.
- And the deal-breaker for me is,
Lock-in!Even if I’m madly in love with feedly now, what if 6 months down the line I want to take my feeds elsewhere? Right now, there’s no export option. I really hope they’re working on it because I hesitate adding more feeds now only to find that I will have to recreate them elsewhere later. (see the update below!)
Mobile: While I tend to read Feedly mostly on my PC, there are many times during my day when I am mobile with downtime (like in the line at the Post Office, bank, various check-out lines, on the bus, et al, ad nauseum) and use that time to catch up on reading my feeds. The Feedly mobile app on my little Samsung semi-smart phone is a monster, eating up a full 16M of space. This is serious app bloat. No thanks!
With all the excitement over Feedly, you may have overlooked that Flipboard, that lovely magazine app that most of you probably already have on your phone, phablet, iFad or other mobile device, is also a great place to continue reading your Google Reader feeds. Just set up a Flipboard account and add your Google Reader account before it kicks the proverbial bucket to continue reading them later.
Get a move on!
Update: Check out my recent tweets in the sidebar to see additional pertinent links, but GET A MOVE ON!
Update: WordPress.com has updated their Support Doc on Feeds to include a utility called RSSOwl. NOTE that if you want to import your Google Reader feeds, you’ll have to install RSSOwl v2.1.6, because their latest version (v2.2) doesn’t support it. /scratching head
Update: When I wrote my above post, Evernote was originally part of feedly’s sharing services, but was then removed in order to make it part of their premium upgrade along with the ability to search one’s feeds. This could be bad news for feedly.
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