Google Reader alternatives?

Any suggestions for a good alternative to Google Reader? In usual Google fashion they have a huge bug (many clicks on articles to open them in a new tab just open the Google homepage instead) and of course no way to provide this feedback.

Reading material


Input It is valuable getting additional information, viewpoints and opinions. I read several feeds via Google Reader in order to make most efficient use of my reading time ... (more)

What sites I consume (via Google Reader/RSS) to keep up with the mobile industry. The geeks amongst you should find my last two highly amusing (and they include profanity!)

I'm wrong!


Blinders David is one of those cheerful people who wished me a happy Friday. The discussion meandered but eventually boiled down to an argument over iPhones showing you ... (more)

I publicly admit to being wrong, and then roundly blame Apple and an optimised human brain for it.

Cool video

A stop motion music video that features a lot of the Bay Area. Santa Cruz is represented for a minute or so starting at 1m30s. (We also represent in the film The Lost Boys.) Supposedly it took 6 hours of filming per 3 seconds of video! [Via Reddit]

Human drivers

How many seconds do you have to watch before the case is made for not letting humans drive, and delegating it all to computers? You'll also wonder why anyone drives in Russia.

HT: +Joey DeVilla

Lenovo T430s screen


If you get a Lenovo T430s then you'll know just how bad the screen is. It seems very blue and washed out. It turns out that there is nothing wrong with the screen - it is just that the default colour calibration is wrong. Lenovo do ship icc profiles, but it was generated in 2010 predating the display by two years and just assumes a 65% gamut. I profiled the screen using a +ColorHug using the 20 minute detailed profile to get a correct icc profile - grab it from

There is a good article about the ColorHug at

My only complaint is that the British inventor has no excuse for leaving the 'u' out of colour.

Originally posted at Google+ where there are some good comments. It would appear the LG panels (which I have) and the Samsung ones (which you may have) also differ. See comments 6 onwards for more details.

T-Mobile customer service

+T-Mobile have tumbled in customer service and satisfaction ratings and from my own personal experience it is easy to see why. (See post passim for some older material.)

Here is a simple example: go to the website and try to get an individual value plan. Note how it makes you get a SIM card. Tmobile will snail mail the SIM card to you - in my case mailed by them in Texas on a Monday and being received Friday afternoon in California.

Imagine you are tmobile. When would you start charging for service?

1: The day you put the card in the mail 2: The day the customer receives it in the mail 3: When the SIM card is first used on the network

Tmobile's answer is of course (1) even though there is no possible way the customer could have gotten service. Their excuse is that you could have called to use an alternate SIM card, but if that was an option why does the website force you to get a SIM card?

I just finished a call with customer service that took 119 minutes. It took the first 100 minutes or so for the agent to work out what on earth was going on with my bill. It doesn't help that what Tmobile shows customers on their websites is completely different than what it shows agents. She eventually had to hand me over to someone else who could do anything about the errors.

And in the end I did get shafted, but Tmobile has completely drained me. Even the agents were admitting it didn't make sense but kept saying there is nothing they can do.

It is a really strange way to run a business, making customers very aware that everything is rationed (minutes, texts, data) thereby encouraging them to go elsewhere, and then being unable to present meaningful bills, mixed in with hostile policies and unempowered agents for when you do screw up.



Under the influence It has been observed that software development is a biological process by which caffeine is converted into source code. As far as I can tell ... (more)

My responsible disclosure of the stimulants consumed while writing Appington's code (spoiler: #caffeine and +Matt Darey feature prominently)