| Matt Facts: Matthew dislikes drinking cold drinks from coffee mugs. He also hates plastic forks. | | Did you Know? Toothpicks are overrated. | | Words of Inspiration: "You can tell a lot about a fellow by the way he eats Jelly Beans" – R.Regan | | Did you know? There are no Pez Facts. Pez is, in fact, not factual. | | Matt Facts: Matthew's fortune cookies always predict success. | | Words of Inspiration: When I'm sad I stop being sad and be awesome instead - Barney Stinson | | Did you know? "Buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo buf­falo Buf­falo buf­falo” is a gram­mat­i­cally valid sentence. | | Matt Facts: Matthew is best served on the rocks with a slice of lemon. | | Words of Inspiration: "Life is futile." | | Did you Know? Dinosaurs and Dandelions is the name of a popular blog that has been around since the 15 April 2010 | | Matt Facts: Unlike some people, Matthew only celebrates his birthday once a year. | | Words of Inspiration: "I'll be back" - The Terminator. | | Did you Know? The two modern breeds of Cocker Spaniel, American and English, are thought to have been descended from only two dogs? | | Matt Facts: On the second to last full moon of the year, Matthew develops an itch on his right shoulder. | | Words of Inspiration: “You can do it!” - Rob Schneider, in every Adam Sandler movie ever | | Did you know? Lettuce is often eaten raw. | | Words of Inspiration: "Science is always at work and never sleeps – just like Rust" | | Did you Know? When you dream, every­thing you see in that dream, you’ve seen before in real life. | | Matt Facts: Matthew officially endorses the Cadbury's Moro bar as being delicious | | Did You Know? A tadpole is also called a 'pollywog'. | | Matt Facts: Matthew has his own Facebook fan page. Creepy. | | Did You Know? Cats sleep for 70% of their lives. | | Words of Inspiration: "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it." - Gandalf. | | Did you Know? This is the end. The journey ends here. Then it starts all over again. |

Saturday, 16 March 2013


The other day Google announced that from the 1 July it is shutting down Google Reader, Google’s web based RSS aggregator. The demise of Google Reader will be mourned by its loyal cult following including, most importantly, me. Speaking exclusively to Dinosaurs & Dandelions, I described the development as "pants".

Google has made the move in order to focus on other, more profitable, products that fit in with its “search, social, ads” core business. 

RSS aggregators such as Google Reader basically allow you to subscribe to news feeds from lots of different websites and then go to one place to read them all, saving you time and effort. 

Google Reader isn’t the only product out there, however it was probably the biggest web based one. Since yesterday’s announcement of the demise of Google Reader a whole lot of other options are being developed. Perhaps most promisingly is Digg’s entrance into the market.

So anyway I need help, I need a replacement to host my RSS feeds by 1 July. Should I wait and hope Digg has its act together by then? Should I use another one, if so which one? A clone like Old Reader or something like Feedly? 

Oh, and in other tech news: Facebook are looking at implementing the hashtag!