My Google Reader replacement

June 4th, 2013 | Posted by tonyscha in Technology - (0 Comments)

So recently google announced it was going to shutdown Google Reader. I am sad to see this go as its in the top 5 Google services I use. After much frustration with corporate America (Google in this case), and not have any power as a consumer over this, I decided to skip using the other commercial RSS replacements, and I turned to the open source community. After reading all the tech websites with suggested RSS reader replacements, I found out about tiny tiny RSS. I installed the web application on my linux webhost and used my domain, and imported my google reader subscription.xml file that contained all my feeds. It was fairly easy to setup (about the same work as setting up a wordpress blog from scratch), will work as long as I provide the hosting, and has a large community. One item I did have to do was find a couple of plugins to enhance the user experience. The two plugins I installed were Next-Prev toolbar and videoframes, which allows embedded videos (such as youtube) to be displayed. There is some configruation options that allow you to configure when it should update the RSS feed, the only complaint I had was you need the ability to run server side commands to make it automatic, however if you leave the webpage open in a browser, it will update when open. I might create a script to run from my home computer to open the website every 10 minutes so when I browse from my mobile device, it contains the latest data. One last thing I needed was a mobile app which is available on the google play store for $1.99. The mobile app is worth the price.

If you are looking for a Google Reader replacement, I highly recommend checking out the tiny tiny RSS website and setting up the service for yourself.

WordPress Flash Uploader Fix

January 3rd, 2010 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

Yeah I can upload images easier now 😀 Thanks for the fix @

New Website Theme

November 19th, 2009 | Posted by tonyscha in Personal - (0 Comments)

I decided to ditch the vista looking wordpress theme, and moved on. Its hard to find a theme that fits your website. I am not 100% set on the theme I have now, but it will have to do. I am looking for a 2 column theme with fluid width, I like my website to fill up my web browser, which is important when you have a wide screen monitor. The theme name I am using now is fluid-solution. What you think? I think I am going to update the contact form next.