Well, Google Reader is all but gone. And every time I log in, I keep getting the terminal reminder:
Not so long ago, I asked if anyone could recommend an alternative aggregator. I’ve been using Google Reader since I started blogging and will really miss it, but I think I’ve found a fine replacement: The Old Reader. In fact, I’ll go as far as recommending it as the perfect replacement.
I know that a lot of people are going with Feedly, but it is a little too complex for me. The Old Reader interface looks so familiar and is very simple. No wonder it’s being called: the traditionalist app. Yes, perfect indeed.
Moreover, one can import your Google Reader feeds effortlessly. All in all it makes for a great RSS feed reader.
Is to retire soon! I get most of my feeds there.
News that service will be taken down sparks online petitions and protest site.
Google is killing off Google Reader, its less-than-mainstream RSS aggregation tool, citing declining popularity.
The service will be taken down on 1 July. In a Google blogpost on the company’s “spring clean”, the firm’s senior vice-president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, said Reader launched in 2005 to help people track updates on their favourite sites, and it will be retired despite a loyal following.
“Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months,” he wrote.
RSS, which stands for either rich site summary or really simple syndication, became a familiar fixture on news sites in particular, encouraging users to subscribe to updates in their RSS reader via its distinctive orange button.
I should protest too!
BTW has anybody got any alternative aggregator suggestions? Just in case…
What people were searching for in 2012…
Had to post it. I’ve been getting way too many of those sorts of e-mails of late…
Every year, 3.5 million people come to Israel to visit ancient sites that are holy to billions of people, to walk among the unique stone of Jerusalem, or to relax on the beaches of the Mediterranean.
To so, click here.
Fantastic. Makes me want to pray that wistful prayer: ‘Next year in Jerusalem’.
HT: Dr Jim West
On the Google Blog today:
It’s taken 24 centuries, the work of archaeologists, scholars and historians, and the advent of the Internet to make the Dead Sea Scrolls accessible to anyone in the world. Today, as the new year approaches on the Hebrew calendar, we’re celebrating the launch of the Dead Sea Scrolls online; a project of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem powered by Google technology.
Written between the third and first centuries BCE, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence. In 68 BCE, they were hidden in 11 caves in the Judean desert on the shores of the Dead Sea to protect them from the approaching Roman armies. They weren’t discovered again until 1947, when a Bedouin shepherd threw a rock in a cave and realized something was inside. Since 1965, the scrolls have been on exhibit at the Shrine of the Book at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Among other topics, the scrolls offer critical insights into life and religion in ancient Jerusalem, including the birth of Christianity.
Now, anyone around the world can view, read and interact with five digitized Dead Sea Scrolls. The high resolution photographs, taken by Ardon Bar-Hama, are up to 1,200 megapixels, almost 200 times more than the average consumer camera, so viewers
can see even the most minute details in the parchment. For example, zoom in on the Temple Scroll to get a feel for the animal skin it’s written on—only one-tenth of a millimeter thick.
You can browse the Great Isaiah Scroll, the most well known scroll and the one that can be found in most home bibles, by chapter and verse. You can also click directly on the Hebrew text and get an English translation. While you’re there, leave a comment for others to see.
The scroll text is also discoverable via web search. If you search for phrases from the scrolls, a link to that text within the scroll viewers on the Dead Sea Scrolls collections site may surface in your search results. For example, search for [Dead Sea Scrolls "In the day of thy planting thou didst make it to grow"], and you may see a link to Chapter 17:Verse 11within the Great Isaiah Scroll.
This partnership with The Israel Museum, Jerusalem is part of our larger effort to bring important cultural and historical collections online. We are thrilled…
As are we! Read on here.
Check out the Scrolls here.