Introduction The “best” feed reader is largely a matter of individual preference. There are many good ones. Most of them, including the best, are free like browsers. The one that matches the way you want to work is best for you. 🙂 No matter which reader you choose, it should give you some way to back up your feeds, preferably as an OPML file. You may also be able to use your OPML file to move to another reader, although the formats may not be compatible.

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Wow what a great article.  It’s much more comprehensive than most of it’s kind.  One thing I’ve learned you really really need a feed reader in the Indieweb space and eventually on Micro.blog.

In the Indieweb you are going to really want to follow all those neat blogs you discover.  On Micro.blog the timeline is purposely fleeting.  There will be people you follow who you don’t want to miss any of their posts or you just find that you are following too many interesting people and the timeline moves past too quickly: the solution is to subscribe to their Micro.blog blogs in the feed reader.  That way you capture it all.

It’s just an essential tool.  I use Inoreader, which is listed in the article.

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Vivaldi is my browser of choice for all my computers, Linux and Mac. (Sorry, I don’t have Windows, but I would use it on Win too.) It’s free.

Straight up, if you love minimalist browsers, Vivaldi might not be for you.  It’s a power users browser, it contains all the standard controls right onboard.  You can customize Vivaldi just about any way you want without addons.

Not surprising since Vivaldi was started by one of the same men that founded the original Opera browser.  Opera had the same feature rich philosophy until new owners went all minimalist and gutted Opera.

Stuff I like:

  • Vivaldi uses Chromium, the open source version of the Chrome rendering engine. So basically you get Chrome without all the Google spyware.
  • Most Chrome extensions work with Vivaldi just fine.  It gives you a big library of extensions to chose from.
  • You can do so many things with tabs you really need to try it to believe it.  You can have a heck of a lot of tabs open at once with tab stacking.
  • Lots of installed search engines to chose from. You can set two defaults: one search engine for regular browsing and a different one for private browsing windows if you want.  There are three privacy search engines available out of the box.
  • Easy screenshots built right in so I don’t have to remember the command.
  • A Start Page, these guys invented it when they did Opera and Vivaldi has it.

The feature list goes on but I don’t use a lot of the options.

Extras:  Vivaldi has an active community.  Forums to request features, discuss uses. You can get a free basic blog, and you can get your own webmail account which integrates with the browser.  A word on the webmail: Vivaldi’s servers and headquarters are located in Iceland which has some of best laws to protect both privacy and free speech.  That is not by accident.  They don’t have to do this, but it’s a nice touch.

But, you say, Vivaldi is not open source!  Strictly speaking that is true.  But Vivaldi is assembled from mostly open source parts: Chromium rendering engine is open source, the UI is HTML 5, and there is a boatload of other open source stuff Vivaldi lists. Google’s Chrome, and Apple’s Safari aren’t open source either.

Privacy: 1. Vivaldi contains no spyware, no ads. 2. Vivaldi does send anonymized crash reports back to Vivaldi but nobody can match them to you.  3. Vivaldi says they don’t track you nor do they give info to third parties. 4. Remember they are in Iceland, US Secret Warrants have no weight there, no US based company can say that.

I won’t use Google’s Chrome because of the privacy issues.  On Mac I chafe against Apple’s walled garden.  So, especially if you are a Google Chrome user, you should try Vivaldi.  It’s free and you have nothing to lose.  Even on the Mac where I like Safari, I still prefer Vivaldi.

 

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Wordstar was the second word processor I ever learned and used. Certainly the first I used in MS-DOS.  (The very first was Perfect Writer in CP/M.)  I always liked Wordstar but I think I replaced it with the DOS version of MS Word.

Bookmarked: WordTsar – A Wordstar clone

(The keyboard shown in the slide show, looks like it could be from my old Kaypro II CP/M computer, a Keytronics keyboard.  Wordstar was the most popular word processor in CP/M.)

Hat tip: Boingboing.

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Despite my dislike and distrust of Google, I use an AndroidOne phone.  The EU’s ruling that Google Android violates EU antitrust laws is both welcome and disappointing since it is weaker than I would like.

But it still has the potential to open up Android on so many fronts:

Android Forks – example given Amazon’s FireOS

Search engine choice – this could be huge. Especially for regional/national/language specific search engines.  For instance, before Google the UK used to have dozens even hundreds of UK-specific and UK local search engines and directories. Most all died.  And, today it’s hard to gain any kind of traction for development of any type of search engine with Google locking down the market.  Ditto other markets like EU search, Germany, France or even smaller countries.

Maps – another huge area.

Email – along with other web services like Calendar, Photos, etc.

Browsers – again this could be a big boost if an OEM can make Firefox, Opera or others the default browser.

Still, we need more than just two mobile OS’s.  So I’m glad I’m getting a true Linux phone early in 2019.

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The number of Linux distributions available just keeps getting bigger. In fact, in the time it took me to write this sentence, another one may have appeared on the market. Many Linux flavors have trouble standing out in this crowd, and some are just a different combination of puzzle pieces joined to form something new: An Ubuntu base with a KDE desktop environment.

Source: Robolinux Lets You Easily Run Linux and Windows Without Dual Booting | Linux.com | The source for Linux information

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