All the things: Paper vs Unread

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When Paper and Unread launch in the same week its hard for me to not compare the two. The obvious comparison is that they are both news readers1. Its like they both answer the same question with wildly different answers. Paper is all the things to all the people, because Facebook. Where as Unread uses the same things to make something equally spectacular, but for far less people. As much as I wish I could teach everyone in the land to use a reader (because its better), they aren’t going to listen to me.

A Newspaper of Images

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While looking at the launch of Paper I was struck by the lack of words. The apps name, presumably an homage, suggests a certain sense of wordiness but instead everything is focused on images. Paper is certainly picking up on trends built by popular apps like Flipboard, and it’s entirely possible that what people want is an even more visual experience, but you loose something when you depend so largely on images.

Comet — My ADN hack project

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Today is an Hack day and my project is an embeddable comments widget that is built on top Posts. It’s actually embedded on this page. So, feel free to test it out and give me feedback @voidfiles. You will need an account to see the comments (for now), and you will need one to leave a comment for sure. If you are intrested in using this widget your self, just embed this code somewhere on a webpage.

I'm the newest contributor to The Changelog

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I am a big fan of The Changelog. There is a folder in my reader dedicated to raw sources just so I can find new open source projects, but it was always nice to read The Changelog because it was curated. When I finished the first version of my brand new open source project, Lark, the first site I thought to contact was The Changelog. Over the Christmas break I aproached them to see if they would be interested in covering not just Lark but a few other open source projects.

FeedShare: an OPML sharing service

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Ask, and ye shall recieve. Brent Simmons posted his OPML file on saturday1, and also wrote “I wish there were an OPML sharing service.”. I am sure more than a handfull of people thought, I can do that, but FeedShare beat us all 2. I added my feeds and I hope you do to. [return] [return]

Introducing Lark a RESTy interface for Redis

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Lark is a python library that provides a generic method for transforming a HTTP request into a redis command. If you know what webdis is then you’ll roughly know what this is. It does a couple of things right now: It users REST as a guideline without getting to pedantic. It has built in support for per user key prefixs. It automatically JSON encodes redis values (where appropriate). It has lots of tests (and TravisCI all setup).

The Story of ADNpy: An API Client

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This is the story of ADNpy. A python API client. From the earliest days of the API I wanted to build a client. In the beginning though the approaches were infinite. For as many times as I started an API client, I stopped because I couldn’t figure out how to start. The fact is though, we are an API company and that meant we had to consume it. Goes Open Source

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Open Question: What's the impact of Reader's shutdown on traffic?

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Let’s say that there are only 1 million Google Reader users. In three days, that’s a million people who won’t be clicking on American Apparel ads. Which could directly effect the bottom line of websites that are entirely funded by ads, like blogs. Is there anyway to know by how much though? What do you think the leading indicators might be? I have enabled comments for this post so let me know if you have any answers.

The Rumproarious eBook

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I have been threatening to do this for a while, and now I have. I created a mini-ebook about the future of feed readers. I used many of the blog posts that I wrote over the last few weeks as the raw material for it, but I tried to craft a solid narrative for the ebook. Check it out: Feeding Our Reading Habits Also available in PDF and for the Kindle.