MnmlRdr is the best RSS Reader/Service I have used to date. Period. And, there is a special deal this week only for Minimal Mac readers to get 50% off the normal rate.
I, like many people, was looking for the perfect replacement once Google Reader was killed. And, despite the huge opportunity this left for others to fill, nothing had come along that seemed an equal replacement — let alone, better. So, I was skeptical when the developer of MnmlRdr reached out to me to let me know about the service. And, to be honest, I kind of put him off for a couple of weeks due to the holidays and all…
Boy was that stupid.
Because, it took no more than signing up for the 7 day trial period and using it for a few minutes to know that I had finally found a true replacement for my RSS needs that was better than what I had been using for years before. It is fast and clean, provides just the features you need, is beautifully designed, and has a responsive web interface so good that one could easily forgo the need for a client. The mobile interface is especially fast and, dare I say, feels native — it supports gestures for cripes sake! That said, the service does support a number of popular clients including:
- Fiery for iPhone/iPad
- Reeder (1 & 2) for iPhone/iPad
- ReadKit for OSX
- Mr. Reader for iPad
- Read a Fever for Windows Phone
- Press for Android
Plus it is chock full of great features like: keyboard shortcuts, tagging, folders, many “read it later” services, fast updates, and more. Plus it is private, secure, and ad free.
Seriously, I have tried just about every RSS service since Google Reader died. This one is the best. Like I said, as a Minimal Mac exclusive for this week only, you can get 6-months of MnmlRdr for free when you sign-up for a yearly plan. Don’t pass up this deal.
I recently updated the available sponsorship slots for the site and the current stats.
Look, it’s simple. Sponsor the site for a week and you get your product or service in front of 225,000 smart and beautiful people — Twice!
But, here’s the deal. Those beautiful people are smart enough to know when I’m selling them stuff I don’t believe in. Therefore, I only accept sponsorships for products I would use myself and are a good fit for the theme of site.
Think your’s fits that criteria? Get in touch.
I don’t know what cascading chemical awesomeness is going down in my brain when it detects and rewards me for the act of building, but I’m certain that the hormonal cocktail is the end result of millions of years of evolution. Part of the reason we’re at the top of the food chain is that we are chemically rewarded when we are industrious – it is evolutionarily advantageous to be productive.
And we’re slowly and deviously being trained to forget this.
So much truth here.
Let.ter is a new and interesting take on an email application.
Let.ter is a new approach to email, one that lets you focus on your message without the distractions of your email inbox. No notifications, no inbox zero to achieve, no folders and tags and complexities. Just you and your email.
It is designed for composing and sending emails only, with full support for Markdown. There are many reasons one may want to do this (I recently used it for sending the latest issue of my subscription newsletter). It’s a tiny and focused app that does one thing very well.
For those of us who do not celebrate Boxing Day there may be an alternative I can suggest. I think of it as Re-Boxing Day. If you’ve enjoyed a bountiful Christmas and received presents, this day after Christmas is an excellent time to make room for the new by recycling or contributing something old.
What a wonderful idea. I’m adding it to my calendar to repeat every year.
Download / By Craig Garner
A sign of truth.
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Chindōgu (珍道具?) is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindōgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, chindōgu are sometimes described as “unuseless” – that is, they cannot be regarded as “useless” in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called “useful”.
Chindōgu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I often find myself wondering how many of the things we allow into our lives could fall into the category of chindōgu. How many problems in our lives were introduced by the things we hoped would make it so much better. Especially in the area of technology. The things that do have many useful qualities, yet create many more unforeseen and unexpected problems.
An even better line of thinking may be what useful things become chindōgu because of the way that we use them. Is a smartphone just out of the box useful but, after installing a few dozen distracting and purposefully time wasting apps does it become chindōgu? Was the social network you joined useful when you only followed a couple of dozen friends to keep up with their lives useful but, now that you follow a few hundred people you barely know, is it chindōgu? How about those few blogs you added to a RSS feed reader to stay abreast of a particular subject or save some time navigating to each one? That was useful, I’m sure. Are the few dozen more you added after that? Or is it now mostly newsfotainment™ with little actionable information? Is it now chindōgu?
Now, I know at this point I’m not using the term in the same sense as it was coined. But I find it a good launching off point for thinking about those things we invite into our lives that seem so useful at first but turn out to create more problems then they really solve. And, like chindōgu, I think we should work to identify these things, dismiss them as unuseless, and quickly move on.
"Minimalism isn’t about having or doing the very least. It’s about having or doing things simply, when simple is best. I enjoy simplicity, but I also dearly enjoy extravagance and blowing the top off when it’s called for."
When Minimal Isn’t Enough — First Today, Then Tomorrow
Me too. As I stated in my book, enough, the goal is to learn the skills needed to find the right balance and make the best choices in the situation at hand.
"The majority of the blog posts I write these days, I write in landscape, using my iPhone, typing with my thumbs," he said. "Why? Well, because it’s what I have on hand all the time, and when inspiration hits me, I could be anywhere."
Nice article in today’s Saint Paul Pioneer Press about the increasing amount people are using mobile tools over traditional desktop and laptop computers. I’m featured prominently but there is also a good bit of others featured using everything from Google Chromebooks to Windows 8 tablets.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata, the reporter who wrote this story also has a new book out on this very subject. I wrote the foreword. You should check it out.