I am not the type of person that wants to wait until July 1, 2013 to find a new solution for collecting RSS feeds. So, I’ve started looking around the net for another solution that I can jump on now so I can bid an early goodbye to Reader.
One massive problem: I cannot find one that suits me well.
I used to use Netvibes, and I’m not really trying to go back to that solution. I’ve tried Pulse and while I found the look of it very attractive, it doesn’t have enough utilitarian prowess to blow through a bunch of crap I’m not interested in.
The one solution that I think I like is fever. You should watch the video on the fever page, it’s a really neat idea. It’s also a self-hosted option. Fever has a $30 dollar price tag (not the end of the world), but I have a couple of non-monetary reservations:
- The installation tutorial video says you must install the files to the root of your server. I tried installing the “compatibility checker” in a sub-directory and it worked fine…so…
- The video also states that you need to set the folder to have 777 permissions. This is a cardinal sin. However, the “compatibility checker” said everything was fine with more conventional and safer permissions. So, now I have a couple of questions. I could just email the developer, BUT…
- The developer of fever posted this article which states:
If you read the entire blog post, it’s almost like the developer is telling people really think before buying my software. I don’t find this very reassuring at all.
I will continue to look for solutions to Google Reader. And I still don’t plan waiting until July 2013 to bail on the service.
UPDATE: I found the changelog for Fever and it looks the developer has pushed updates as recently as last month. This makes me feel much better about purchasing the software.