Must. Sleep. Cannot. Function.

Having written most of a long Jerry Springer review this morning, I’ve just come to finish it off and found myself too tired to do so. The sentences just don’t seem to be working very well…I don’t want to publish something I’d long to fix on a read-through tomorrow morning, so shall wait until I’m awake.

I’ve just uploaded the few B4L photos to Flickr, too. They didn’t turn out so well as I’d hoped, but at least they aren’t completely black!

Incidentally, it turns out that coComment doesn’t work at all like my recent overview suggested. As this blog post of theirs points out, they do not crawl comments. New comments from the ‘Your Conversations’ page will only appear if they are posted by other coComment users. I apologise profusely for not realising this fact, although in my defence it wasn’t made very clear. In my view, this makes the entire service much less useful. It’s handy to have a list of places I recently posted comments, but having to visit each page manually…I feel a bit cheated, really. They say they’re working on incorporating non-coComment-user responses, but if the experiences of the FeedLounge team are anything to go by, the infrastructure needed for large-scale crawling is easy to underestimate.

Hope that made sense. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to collapse.

FeedLounge Speed

FeedLounge was down for upgrades yesterday, and it was most odd. Great things could have been afoot, and I would have known nothing about them…I was trying to remember my most commonly checked feeds, then doing ‘I’m feeling lucky’ google searches for the pages, since I didn’t know their addresses.

The good thing is that FeedLounge has had major speed improvements, and really is very snappy now. That’s it – the last irritation sorted. I have a couple of issues with Opera, but they don’t claim full Opera support as yet (at least one is an Opera bug anyway), and they’re easy to sidestep. Difficult to begrudge them their $5/month, really 🙂

FeedLounge Beta

I’ve been an alpha tester on the FeedLounge web-based RSS feed reader for six months or so, and I’m very impressed with it. It’s the only online service I’ve seen that handles my ~200 feeds without slowing down or just making a mess1. Each feed is taggable, meaning that it can appear under one or multiple headings, and the same applies to individual posts. The interface is neat, fast and readable, and it rarely, if ever, needs a page refresh – everything happens via dynamic javascript (including new posts) and is faster than loading the page every time a la Bloglines. I’ve also filed various bug reports on the forums and received direct communications from the developers that have resulted in the problems sorted very quickly. Over six months there’ve been a few glitches and I tried out a number of other feed-readers, but I still find FeedLounge the easiest to use.

Today FeedLounge opened up to everybody for beta-testing. The unfortunate part is that the hardware and bandwidth costs have forced the owners into adopting a $5 monthly fee – they simply don’t have the capacity of Google etc. As an alpha tester I get a couple of months free, but much as I like the service I don’t know whether I can justify paying for it thereafter. I’ll see. If you want to play around, though, there’s a three-hour testing period you can access without payment.

Certainly worth a look, imho.

  1. Google Reader has a fit []

FeedLounge Alpha

I got onto the FeedLounge alpha! Woohoo! I happened to be at my computer when the ‘first 100 people to reply get to become alpha testers’ email arrived, which was pretty lucky. There’s no confidentiality so I can post screenshots etc. all I like. Funky. Only slight downer is that it only supports Firefox right now, but hopefully Opera’ll be just around the corner (update: ‘course, if you get Opera to pretend it’s Firefox, things seem to work perfectly…) I’ll let you know how it goes.