Archive for July 24, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The State of RSS on the Mac

Philipp (via Dave Winer, Hacker News):

There are not that many great feed readers for macOS right now that work with the Fever API and have the Look & Feel of a native Mac app and I’m hoping that I missed one that matches my criteria:

  • Support for the Fever API
  • Native Mac app, no Electron
  • Not ugly
  • Optional: Bonus points if there’s also an app for iOS

What mostly sparked my blog post was that the two apps which looked most promising seem to have been abandoned or buggy to the degree that they are unusable. There's a big selection of very polished and feature-rich apps for iOS but the counterpart for macOS seems to be missing.

I’m currently using ReadKit, and fortunately it is not crashing for me the way it is for him. It does seem to be neglected, though.

Evergreen and News Explorer are both promising newcomers, and there is always Vienna—but I don’t think any of these supports the Fever API (which I also use via Tiny Tiny RSS).

Update (2018-07-25): See also: Leaf and NewsLife (alas, neither syncs with Fever).

Update (2018-07-26): Catalin Cimpanu (via Hacker News):

Mozilla engineers are preparing to remove one of the Firefox browser’s oldest features —its built-in support for RSS and Atom feeds, and inherently, the “Live Bookmarks” feature.


Not sure if you know RiverNews also a newcomer.

Relying on Google Cloud

Punch a Server (via Hacker News):

Early today morning (28 June 2018) i receive an alert from Uptime Robot telling me my entire site is down. I receive a barrage of emails from Google saying there is some ‘potential suspicious activity’ and all my systems have been turned off. EVERYTHING IS OFF. THE MACHINE HAS PULLED THE PLUG WITH NO WARNING. The site is down, app engine, databases are unreachable, multiple Firebases say i’ve been downgraded and therefore exceeded limits.


Customer service chat is off. There’s no phone to call. I have an email asking me to fill in a form and upload a picture of the credit card and a government issued photo id of the card holder. Great, let’s wake up the CFO who happens to be the card holder.

Bartłomiej Owczarek and Tomasz Nawrocki (via Hacker News):

Google decided to make Maps its next billion dollar business by raising prices 14 times and decreasing free usage limit almost 30 times, all with minimal notice period.


Map providers use different pricing models, which makes direct comparison of prices difficult. Here is an overview of the options for paid usage (not taking into account free usage allowance)[…]

Stephen Shankland:

Google Cloud Platform is particularly interesting to me because it’s a paid product: no divided loyalties between advertisers and users, when helping one audience can hurt the other. Paying customers means Google’s incentives are nicely aligned: make the product better.

Mac and iOS Wallpaper Archive

Евгений Богун has assembled an amazing collection of iOS and macOS wallpaper images, dating back to System 7 and iOS 3 (via Mike Rundle).