Bye Google Reader.
If you are looking for a RSS reader that you can control/host Tiny Tiny RSS is awesome. I’ve completely replaced my use of Google Reader with it. You do need to host it yourself and the demo has been down for a while. Get it for your web-server here: http://tt-rss.org
I really wish I could have tried it out before hand though… So, I’m temporarily (1 week) allowing anyone to access my Tiny Tiny RSS installation by using a demo/demo account. I’m not providing a direct link in the hope this helps it stay running a bit longer . Hint1: It’s not tiny.bryanquigley.com.
Hope this helps someone decide to install Tiny themselves.
I’m pleased to say that DuckDuckGo is now included as a search engine option in Firefox in the latest Ubuntu 12.10 release. DuckDuckGo and Twitter are the only search engines that are secure by default via HTTPS.
As a brief comparison I searched for pidgin in the Unity Dash, Google, and DuckDuckGo. Which results do you like better?
Starting with Google and Unity Dash:
And Now for DuckDuckGo!
DuckDuckGo separates your search term into different uses, letting you further refine your search results or get instant answers from Wikipedia, dictionaries and many more sources.
DuckDuckGo doesn’t track you or bubble you (customize your search so you rarely will be shown another point of view). They also are partially open source and made it a goal to give back 10% of gross revenue to open source projects.
For a better overview of DuckDuckGo check out their about page, the introductory video is really nice. This is just the start of a relationship between DuckDuckGo and Canonical, in fact they haven’t even signed a contract yet. Hopefully the relationship grows and enhances both projects.
I’m using Firefox nightly for those who are curious and WebM works fine on YouTube.
You get the Comcast XfinityTV website access with your Internet connection.. wouldn’t it be nice if it supported Linux?
If you are a Comcast customer, you can say so here: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/XfinityTV-Website/Please-Support-Linux/td-p/1297301
A follow up from my previous post;
Firefox 12 Currently
…has something like this to show trust and encryption (the colors are off but hopefully you get the idea, the actual blue and green are much nicer on the eyes):
[V] The Vanguard Group Inc, (US) https://personal.vanguard.com/us/CorporatePortal
[V] The Vanguard Group Inc. (US) personal.vanguard.com /us/CorporatePortal
[d] duckduckgo.com /?q=cheese
I’m curious if you can figure out what everything means in my proposal without explanation.
- Green is for trust and only for trust. Notice how the favicon is only colored at all when using Extended Validation. AFAIK it should never be a domain name.
- Blue is for encrypted and only for encrypted, and only used for the sub+domain name. I’m hoping this will provide a non-color cue for those who are colorblind, to differentiate between the two.
- I got rid of the greying out of text and moved to a bolding of the domain name, this helped due to my bad green/blue colors but might not be necessary in the real version
- Spacing between the domain name and the rest of the url to help keep them even more separate in a quick glance
- Oh, and the complete lack of https/http, I would want to see Opera’s awesome feature implemented where they hide them unless you click on the URL bar.
My overall goal was to try to communicate both a level of trust and a level of encryption, while making it easy at a glance. In addition, giving us the option in the future to really separate these two concepts.
Looking for suggestions, comments, and feedback before I try to propose it to Mozilla. Check out my previous blog post for what they are actually planning to do for Firefox 14.