Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

Month: December 2022 (Page 2 of 2)

Wither, RSS

When Google Reader was killed off by its makers, I went to Feedly.

I tired of Feedly’s increasingly frequent attempts to upsell me on their product, so I installed FreshRSS on my server so I’d have my own setup and not be reliant on other people’s stuff quite so much.

Then this morning I went to upgrade FreshRSS and it lost all my data.

I now have no RSS reader, and what’s worse I can’t find an RSS reader setup that I even want to mess with, and what’s worse than that is that I don’t remember what all websites’ feeds I was subscribed to, so that information is gone forever. The other self-hosted options are even worse than FreshRSS, the desktop apps are for-pay and/or ad-supported, and… what am I supposed to even do at this point?

Other than, you know, manually check bookmarks periodically, because that’s sure gonna happen with my ability to remember to do things. And that’s wasted time anyway because the whole point of RSS is being able to ignore websites that haven’t updated lately.

I know that in this modern age of social media and other walled silos, funky old tech like RSS is out of sight and out of mind, but it’s still useful, dammit, and I miss being able to take advantage of it reliably.

Old man yells at cloud. Literally at The Cloud.

2022 Album Wrap-up

It’s that time of year when, on social media, you start seeing some folks’ “Spotify Wrapped” posts along with various websites’ “best of” listicles and such-like. Well, this wasn’t a huge year for new music for me and since I had a computer rebuild partway through the year, my “most played” data in MusicBee is… stunted.

But that’s not going to stop me from talking about the albums (and one “EP” big enough to qualify) I bought this year.

(I’m leaving singles and one particular compilation/soundtrack record out for various reasons. If someone’s really curious I can loop back around to them in another post.)

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