Google Reader is about to vanish, what am I going to do?

This is a question that needs to be answered, the sooner the better. I’ve been using Google Reader since forever. I have almost 200 blog and rss subscriptions there and the service has been great for synchronizing between devices and clients. Marking items read and tagging the important ones with stars has been my daily task since the beginning of the service back in 2005.

Google Reader Closed (courtesy of http://www.googleappsforedu.com/)

The End

Google posted an announcement on the Official Google Blog and on the Google Reader Blog which basically says that they’re going to shut down the service on July 1st, 2013. You can grab your stuff with you with Google Takeout, just make sure you do it before the end of June.

There has been some almost furious people on the web, tens of thousands of signatures in petitions to keep the service  up and running. So far, no word from Google.

So I will be able backup my subscriptions and whatnot, but what am I going to do with it? I’ve been looking all over the cyberspace for alternatives, with no luck so far. This could be an opportunity of some sort for somebody to provide a similar “3rd party” solution to store this stuff and deal with the synchronization between clients and devices. The power of Google Reader lies within its open interfaces. I’d hate to put all my eggs in the same basket and go with some proprietary solution of one client.

Ideas? Anyone?

First thoughts on Windows Phone 8

I got my hands on a new Nokia Lumia 920 two weeks ago. Having used WP7 and WP7.5 before I’ve been quite at home with it. Some things have changed, but not so much after all. Obviously, the new start screen is what strikes the most, but the real changes lie beneath the surface. Reliability, speed, response and overall usability have improved and my first impression is that this is by far the best smart phone I’ve had. Also, my previous purchased licences for NextGen Reader, WPCalendar, Fuse and a few other apps transfered smoothly, so it’s all good.

Nokia Lumia 920

I can’t discuss so much about the corporate stuff, policies, encryption etc. What I can discuss is the personal stuff, and there are quite plenty that you can do with the new OS. I got my wife convinced too to go and get herself a Lumia 820, red of course. We’ll be trying out the family stuff, sharing grocery lists, photos and so on.

More on these topics later…