Topic RSS rant!
I need somewhere to rant about this. I choose here.
What the hell! The latest patches for SC2 and WoW have been giving me messages about how Snow Leopard has reached it's end of life and Blizzard will no longer be supporting it. I had not upgraded to Lion or Mountain Lion because they added too many UI changes I didn't like, and removed several features I used everyday! (I know Windows 8 users will sympathize with me. Both OSes are going for that "Mobile" look. Blah!) This is basically forcing me to upgrade if I want to keep playing WoW.
One of the features that kept getting removed from OSX was RSS support, in Safari and Mail. I loved Mail as an RSS reader. I can sort into folders and subfolders, use the Rules system to automatically flag, move and/or highlight articles as they are downloaded, and they are kept indefinitely on my hard drive for reference and price tracking. But now that is gone with Mountain Lion, and now I have to use a subpar RSS feed reader.
In my search for a new app, people keep talking about how they use Google Reader for their RSSes. While I still don't like the set-up, I planned on taking advantage of the ability to sync my feeds across multiple apps and users and can transfer easily to a different app if I find a better one. So, for the past 3 days, I've been moving feeds from Mail to Google Reader so I don't lose them in my system upgrade. Yes, 3 days, and I'm still not done. I have that many feeds.
But what do I see upon logging in not an hour ago? A message saying they are shutting down the service July 1st!
Now what?! Seriously? Even though I'll have 3 months to figure out what to do next, I have to do ANOTHER transfer? Find ANOTHER solution to my problem, and hope for the best? ARGH! This was EXACTLY why I didn't want to switch to a third-party for my data. I still have other back-ups I need to make.
So, what will YOU all be using when Google Reader closes?
Did they say it will no longer be compatible or just that they're not supporting the OS any longer? If the latter, you don't have much to worry about. Keep using what you will. As for your RSS feeds well I don't use them at all.
The part about Lion being a mobile look, could you point this out for me? I use one almost daily at work and have yet to see this appearance change you mention. The Mac I'm typing on (10.7.5) just has its dock and desktop, the basic setup.
"This is a reminder that Mac OS X 10.6 has entered the end of life stage as an operating system for World of Warcraft. The game will continue to run for a limited time, however we encourage you to upgrade your operating system to OS X 10.8 as soon as possible (Mac OS X 10.7 at a minimum). Please refer to the system requirements here. For more information on how to upgrade your operating system, please see this article. For further explanation of our Macintosh operating system guidelines, please see this article."
There are also some smaller tweaks in Lion and Mountain Lion to "simplify" the UI. Like hiding the ~/User/Library/. Taking away support for RSS is the removal of a feature, and that doesn't make sense. Desktop OSes should, by default, have more advanced features and UI controls. It actually makes new users work harder to learn the full scope of computing when things get taken out of first-party support.
But I've already had my "angry time" over that when the OS came out. I posted the rant because I read that Google Reader was "THE Thing" to have for RSSes, and after 3 days of using it, "THE Thing" was being discontinued. And I felt the need to scream about it.
Looks like Zite, Digg and Feedly will have options available.
Now it's a waiting game for all the apps, both desktop and mobile to update themselves to support those site.