Twitch.tv Streaming

I’d been slaving away on a work project and slowly became really fascinated by twitch.tv. I don’t know why or how people decide to stream or how and why people start watching streams but it’s a really interesting community. I broke down and decided for various reasons to start one up of my own located here: http://www.twitch.tv/avarimkc. Mostly I play WoW but I break things up with League of Legends and other things (lately Borderlands 2). I don’t expect the stream to take off but hopefully if you watch, it is at least entertaining.

TellMeWhen: Mage Priorities

TellMeWhen | Tutorial 1 | Tutorial 2

So for a long while PowerAuras was broken for me. What was interesting about PA was that I used it only to track somewhat minor things, various buffs and debuffs on me or my target. Fed up with PA not being updated, I started seeking out alternatives and stumbled on TellMeWhen. Read the rest of this entry

Here are the 3 I tried based on recommendation: Feedly | TheOldReader.com | Tiny Tiny RSS

When I tried Feedly here’s what I liked/hated

Liked

  • Imported starred items
  • Relatively quick in response
  • Great iPad app (very similar to Flipboard)

Hated (please note, things changed I hear since I last used this so some of these complaints may or may not be valid)

  • Required extension (I hear they have a website now)
  • Lack of a mark articles as read older than x days. I am a heavy heavy user of this feature

So the hated list is super short and in fact a non-issue and you would think I would have migrated to Feedly but I perhaps jumped on that ship too early and now it’s too late to win me back.

TheOldReader.com likes/hates

Liked

  • Very classic Reader interface
  • I enjoy seeing numbers beyond 1000 (ex. 1252 items unread)

Hated

  • Update speed. There’s something about it that felt a little behind when using it side by side with Google Reader. 
  • Overall speed, felt a bit sluggish. However using it now it feels a bit zippier
  • Lack of a mark articles as read older than x days. I am a heavy heavy user of this feature
  • No starred items imported
  • While it has a very classic interface, it’s also got a lot of dead space

And finally Tiny Tiny RSS

Likes

  • Full control! Will never die since I host it!
  • Speedy, feels great scrolling and j/k-ing through articles
  • Has mark as read over x days old
  • Imported starred items
  • Shows fresh articles (articles X hours old)
  • Customizable look via css

Hates

  • Update speed limited to either last 15 minutes or manual refresh if you’re looking at a feed
  • Broken RSS feeds had to be manually fixed
    • This is not actually TTRSS’s fault. Google Reader auto-found any broken RSS feeds but in the import I had to manually fix a bunch of them

I installed it on this webserver and my regret is that I’m running off mysql instead of postgresql which I hear is much faster. I’m toying around with the idea of running a VM at home and trying out how much better it would be like that however the overhead of ensuring the security seems like a pain. Really though, what I love about TTRSS is that it has all the features I use plus more. I really didn’t have to sacrifice as much (no starred/keyboard shortcuts/marking as read) as other services plus I don’t live in fear that someone will sink and I have to migrate yet again.

I do understand that not many people have the luxury of installing and running TTRSS. Sounds like at work, the coworkers are using Feedly. I think if theoldreader let me import starred items things would be pretty different. AOL, Digg, and even Facebook are rumored to get in on the RSS bandwagon so while this is the close of the silver age of RSS, the future seems pretty good actually.

Shared RSS Working Again!

Well it’s not perfect but I’ve added a sidebar widget for my shared feed links, which can also be viewed/subscribed to here: http://www.timothyhanson.com/tt-rss/public.php?op=rss&id=-2&view-mode=all_articles&key=552b6e562929f3b0ced7ed3f60ed6fbe15e56888

In the war to win over hearts as the new Google Reader replacement, I’ve tried Feedly, theoldreader, and Tiny Tiny RSS and the winner is TTRSS. Although admittedly I still use Flipboard and Feedly on the iPad. I’ll go into more depth on those later but for now I finally have RSS articles again! I may work on getting them to be posted articles though as opposed to widget feed. Can’t decide.

Testing…

Had to do some mandatory site upgrades. Seeing if this still works. Admittedly last year started out poorly and with the continued decline and destruction of my  beloved Google Reader I’ve been a bit down and out on the site. However lately I’ve been thinking about random content I could add, although still inconsistently, which might be useful.

Rex

My sister called and let me know she took my cat to the vet because he had been sick since Saturday. It turns out his kidneys had failed and he had to be put down. Out of the history of all my cats he’s the first one who didn’t mysteriously run away or get run over by a car.

He was so hilarious, he pretty much acted like a dog, always so curious and never afraid to go up and investigate things for you. He was my anti-alarm clock. Before the alarm would go off, he’d hop up on my chest and sleep so I would feel guilty about getting up. He had so much personality and he would always talk back to you if you spoke to him. I carried on outrageously long conversations with him as silly as it was. He loved watching me play Rock Band and would always encourage me to keep practicing. He loved cotton candy and cheese. He would watch me play on the computer and always had advice for me. He was the most unique cat I have ever met and more than that he was truly my cat.

The main things I’ll remember of him are asking him to take care of Mattie while I’m away

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28934183@N02/4549246047/in/photostream

Always being at my side even if it’s inconvenient

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28934183@N02/5072235529/in/photostream

Doing dumb cute things

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28934183@N02/4161225660/in/photostream

And just generally always being around for me

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28934183@N02/3602086376/in/photostream/

He never realized he grew up, he acted like he was the world’s most curious kitten even though he was way too big to do the things he would do. I regret not going to visit over the holidays now but there’s nothing that can be done about that. I’m worried about how Mattie will get along without her life-long buddy. Goodbye Rex, you were my best non-human friend I ever had.

Google Reader Change

With the update to Google Reader I can’t easily do the link spam share posts anymore unfortunately. This sort of takes a huge chunk out of the post count since that’s mostly what I used my page for (archival awesome links). Maybe I’ll figure out a new thing but for now Google Reader feels like a really private web browsing experience, also slower than it used to be. I suppose I could try using the +1 or whatever but I tend to share a lot of content over the course of the day and it feels nicer to just have it all consolidated into one bulk entry. I don’t want to be that guy who junks up your feed.

I will say though that Aridin doesn’t seem to have a problem getting his site populated still. I wonder how he does it…. I should ask.

Links for November 28, 2011

From my Google Reader shares

Links for November 1, 2011

From my Google Reader shares

Links for October 31, 2011

From my Google Reader shares