Farewell Google Reader!

Google Reader 已经关掉好几天了,貌似我才反应过来,想为自己给这个用了很久的一个因特网服务写点东西。
我大约在2009 年才开始使用Google Reader ,之所以说“才”,是因为我的那个Google 帐号是07 年就注册了的,但是却一直没有开通Reader 这个服务。尽管那时候早就听说过Google Reader ,但是因为在09 年之前我一直不明白这个东西能有个啥现实意义,就一直连试都没试过使用它。当时我就一直在想——“这玩意儿听起来挺傻的,RSS 本来就是由各个网站提供了的,要去看有什么更新了,我会直接打开那个网站看。实在是想“追”,我可以用浏览器的RSS 订阅功能添加它”,我不明白把其它网站的更新放到一起在另外一个网站上面又有什么意义,我还是得要用浏览器去打开网站。但是后来有个事情改变了我的看法,因为当时对一个博客比较感兴趣,但那个博客被GFW 给屏蔽了,不使用VPN 等打不开。但后来我听说使用Google Reader 可以直接订阅那个博客的RSS(博主设置了全文输出),于是开着https://www.google.com/reader (这里粗体的s,常用Reader 的人应该都知道它的重要性吧)。于是自此从一开始傻乎乎的到处乱订阅,搞得整天“1000+”,到后来逐渐筛选,每天的未读条目不会超过100.

这里我想说下,一开始我的确是把Reader 给用错了的,整天“1000+”绝对不是一个好现象,这说明资讯远远过剩了。而这是因为一开始的时候我把它当作新闻获取来源了,但实际上,Google Reader 不应该充当这个角色。为什么?因为一般的新闻你真的不需要专门再去订阅某个网站去知道它的了,这类信息早就已经是过剩了的,你可以随便从某个常访问的网站获取到它,甚至从朋友、同事的口中知道。再后来一点,我觉得Reader 最好是作为一个订阅一些有用的博客的工具使用了。我把订阅源减少到了不到200 个,其中大部分都是一些朋友的、或者我自己觉得有趣、有用的个人博客,更新量较少。我不同意是诸如Twitter、facebook 这类的社交网站杀死了Google Reader ,我还认为Google Reader 这样的RSS 聚合阅读工具是它们无法替代的。实际上不是什么东西都需要有“社交”元素的,而且从实用性来讲,我根本就没法从社交网站上面去追踪原来订阅的那么多博客的更新。因为不是谁都会把自己今天写了什么高调的唯恐有人不知道一样的同步到社交网络中去,而浏览器的RSS 订阅工具显然也无法满足这么多个博客一起订阅的需求,并且,那还得由你本地开了浏览器之后,它才帮你搜索RSS 更新。

所以我觉得Google 非要把Reader 关掉实在是有点不厚道,因为Google+ 永远也替代不了Google Reader,更别提现在Google+ 自身就不咋的。
本来我是打算等Google Reader 关掉后,我干脆直接抛弃掉那200来个订阅源了。毕竟,如果真的需要,我最终还是会去搜索引擎找信息的,所以我就想——干脆换个网上的生活方式吧。但是既然还有Digg Reader、feely 这样的不错的新生工具出现,我觉得其实我的生活也没啥变化的了。

Back to Firefox!

最近打开Chrome 流浪网页是越来越吃力了,于是重新把默认浏览器设置回味Firefox 了。(现在的Firefox 也还是可以用了的,而且毕竟在Windows 上面,它的字体渲染比Chrome 好太多)

好吧,我这电脑的配置确实不如现在的一个高端一点的智能手机强了…

C:\Users\xxx>systeminfo

Host Name:                 xxx-PC
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
OS Version:                6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner:          xxx
Registered Organization:
Product ID:                xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Original Install Date:     6/27/2010, 3:22:11 AM
System Boot Time:          7/7/2013, 11:33:10 AM
System Manufacturer:       NVIDIA
System Model:              AWRDACPI
System Type:               X86-based PC
Processor(s):              1 Processor(s) Installed.
[01]: x64 Family 15 Model 107 Stepping 1 AuthenticAMD ~2096 Mhz
BIOS Version:              Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 12/4/2007
Windows Directory:         C:\Windows
System Directory:          C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device:               \Device\HarddiskVolume9
System Locale:             zh-cn;Chinese (China)
Input Locale:              en-us;English (United States)
Time Zone:                 (UTC+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Total Physical Memory:     2,046 MB
Available Physical Memory: 117 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size:  4,093 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 1,509 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use:    2,584 MB
Page File Location(s):     D:\pagefile.sys

Problems

If you're having board problems I feel bad for you son.
I got 99 problems, but a switch ain't one.
The year is 94 I need voltage to fall and all over my project write up Kirchoff's motherfuckin' law.
I got two choices yall raise impedence OR
Cut the power in half, throw some batteries on the floor.
Now I ain't trying to see no arcs or sparks today,
Plus I got a few resistors I can lower the rate
At which these amperes flow to get the coulumbs low,
Then I think what am I trying to change this boolean expression fo'?
Because it's a one not a zero don't want an LED to glow,
Plus I don't have spare logic gates to invert the output yo.
Am I doing things write or should I change some code?
I don't do wiring diagrams so sometimes I don't know.
Maybe we engineers need to lower the bar
Fuck that I got an academic rep I can't affort to mar.
But for a second I was stumped that much I can admit
Until I realized that I just had to tweak my wiring a bit.
Regulate all this switch bounce and keep my volts controlled not whack but all engineers know you need capacitors for that.
So throw one in parallel to something
Just a little capacitance like .02 farads or something
That clears things up lowers voltage a bit
Enough that an LED in series won't always be lit.
Realize how I could've just stopped current and it makes me feel kind of dumb...I got 99 problems but a switch ain't one.

Well done, redditor!

The good side of Google Chrome’s shortcut apps

Ever thought Google Chrome’s shortcut apps (e.g. Gmail, Youtube…) were really suck?

I bet you do! What’s the point of this kinda so-called apps anyway? Aren’t Chrome’s Most visited page and bookmark bar better than this?

But… surprise! I just found the good side of some of these shitty apps!

Before install the Youtube app, the error message is really ugly, unfriendly, even makes you can’t tell which part is the real article’s content:

After install the Youtube app:

Ah! It makes sense now.

Another example:

I’m in China, Youtube has been blocked here for a long time (fuck this!), any web page that embedded Youtube’s videos would cause the web browsers to generate error massages, which is really annoying. This Chrome apps’ new feature, helps me a lot.