Reading Who killed Google Reader?, I was struck by this:
I was familiar with using RSS readers under Windows from before I switched to MacOS X and grew to love NetNewsWire, but I never found NetNewsWire complicated.1 Far from it. Brent Simmons did a hell of a job of making it easy to maintain and follow a local collection of feeds, even back in those days when using dial-up Internet connections was the norm.
But then, I built many of my online habits around a cycle of going online so my Usenet client could refresh its news group subscriptions list, then while offline selecting those threads I wanted to read that hadn’t already been flagged by my Usenet client automatically2 before going back online to grab the rest of what I wanted to read and possibly composing the occasional reply, so I was happy to bask in the ease of use of a nice GUI client at the price of jumping online and off again.
All of which, I guess, makes me one of those nerds.3
I did try Google Reader, but for me it didn’t accomplish anything I wasn’t already getting done by other means.↩︎
In my Windows days I was using Forté’s Agent NNTP client to read Usenet, all the while wishing for score files but realising that I valued the GUI approach of Agent more highly than I did the prospect of running a more full-featured and mature NNTP client in a command line.↩︎
More accurately, it reminds me that I’m an old nerd.↩︎