At this time, with the world economic situation and the inauguration of new US president Barack Obama, I saw this comment and I thought it still very relevant.
Abigail Adams, wife of the second US president John Adams, wrote these words to her 10-year-old son, John Quincy Adams (later the sixth president):
“These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”
I am trying to find a RSS reader/aggregator that works for me. I have been comparing Google Reader and the RSS Feed in Microsoft Outlook 2007 to track the blog that I follow. An article I read recently compared a number of RSS Readers, including Google Reader, but didn’t mention Outlook - Which RSS Reader Is Right for You?
What I like about Outlook is that it holds all my incoming information in one place, if I’m offline I can still read the blog entries, and I can keep a history of blog entries. But I can’t easily share or personally note interesting blog entries without going online. When I started using the Outlook RSS feed, it seemed that, being in South Africa with our limited and costly broadband, having an on-premise app (Outlook on my laptop) for my RSS feeds was a good solution. But with the number of blogs I follow, Outlook can get slow at times, especially when starting up.
Initially I liked Google Reader but had trouble with it needing to be online, so I went over to Outlook full-time. Then I discovered Google Gears – in my terms, Gears is a database that provides offline capability for Google Reader. I prefer the user interface for Google Reader to that of Outlook, and I like ability to share and ‘star’ (note) blogs without having to tag them on my del.icio.us site.
The final decision hasn’t been made yet, and there have been times in the past when I thought I had found the ideal RSS reader for me, so I might still change my mind, but I am leaning towards Google Reader these days.
I sometimes wonder how accurate and appropriate are the internationl weather forecasts on the major news web pages. So I took the example of how three different sites – BBC, iGoogle, Windows Live – showed the forecast for Johannesburg.
In my opinion, iGoogle had the best representation; the BBC made Joburg look like an English winter’s day. Both BBC and Windows Live were wrong about the rain showers.