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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/8460/ok-ive-completely-owned-by-google/

Ok, I’ve completely owned by Google

September 3, 2008 by

Having now played around with Chrome, I was disappointed that in using it I would lose my Firefox feeds on the toolbar. But I’m so wild for this browser that I looked for a workaround and found the Google Reader.

I know, I know, it’s embarrassing that I haven’t been using this. In a matter of minutes, I’ve added 50 sites/blogs/forums to the reader, including many on Mises.org I otherwise couldn’t keep up with. Now I feel like I’m on top of all things in all areas of life–an illusion to be sure, but one I like.

Ok, if you are so geeky as to know all this already, please move on. But for those of you are not yet using the Reader, consider it. It allows amazing levels of sharing, emailing, tagging, sorting, and many other things. It’s the best I’ve seen.

So it’s settled: I’m owned by Google.

And by the way, all of this is available through one interface if you have a Mises.com email account. To get one, post on the forum and get involved. Then drop me an email confirming this fact and you will be the proud owner.

{ 20 comments }

Tomas Talpa September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Today, I’ve installed Chrome, played a little bit with it, started missing my Firefox rss sidebar, found Google Reader, imported my feed list… and the first new item the Reader displays to me is this post, praising Google Reader :-)

sir jorge September 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm

i use google reader, and subscribe to over 1800+ rss feeds. Without it, I don’t know what I would do.

Chris September 3, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Google Reader is the best RSS Reader in my opinion. I’ve been using it for years.

I just read that Chrome will be integrated with Google Android as well:

http://mobilecrunch.com/2008/09/03/google-co-founder-says-chrome-on-the-way-for-android/

This strikes another blow to Firefox which doesn’t have a mobile presence yet.

Ryan September 3, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Google reader is what has kept me from fully switching over to Firefox. It’s just too convenient and easy to manage my rss feed.

Ricardo Flores September 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm

If you want a simple explanation (in comics) of waht Chrome does and the technology behind it go to http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/#

It explains some cool features also.

Ricardo Flores September 3, 2008 at 6:55 pm

If you want a simple explanation (in comics) of waht Chrome does and the technology behind it go to http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/#

It explains some cool features also.

Ricardo Flores September 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

plugins are called gears in Google Chrome
http://gears.google.com/

luke September 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Ryan, Google Reader works perfectly well in Firefox…

Jeremy September 3, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I was excited by Chrome. Watched the conference live and all, but there’s no security master password like firefox has so I wouldn’t feel good using it. Plus features like mouse gestures I can’t live without.

Here’s a link http://lifehacker.com/5044518/enable-chromes-best-features-in-firefox about putting Chrome’s best features in Firefox. I already use some of them. Also, I read that tests comparing Chrome and Firefox 3.1 (coming soon) show that ff is way faster. Even the new javascript engine from ff rates way faster. So maybe Chrome is not all it’s cracked up to be. YET

iceberg September 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Welcome aboard, Jeffrey.

Anonym September 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm

The problem I’ve encountered with Google Reader (I’ve been using it for about half a year now) is that it doesn’t update things consistently. Sometimes it’ll show that I have no new posts to read, even though when I go to the actual sites, there are posts. And this isn’t a little delay either, I’ve had some delayed for weeks.

Just a caution.

Also, try not to fall behind too badly and have the counter say “1000+”. That might be contributing to the problem.

Marcello September 3, 2008 at 9:50 pm

Maybe for 3.1 Mozilla will finally get rid of that stupid download Window in exchange for the statusbar. That has to be the most common Firefox complaint.

Mike September 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Jeff, maybe you already know this, but be sure to download Google Gears so you can access your feeds when you are offline. Works great for me.

Marcello, I dumped the download window if FF a long, long time ago. Just get the download statusbar ext. It works great.

Mike September 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

edit to the above: sorry I don’t think Google Gears will work with Chrome yet.

Peter September 3, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Hm…how do you get to Google Reader from the mises.com email account? It says “Try Google Reader” in the empty inbox, but if I click on it I just get another login screen and it won’t accept my mises.com address.

Vanmind September 4, 2008 at 12:37 am

Stay away from anything Google.

TLP September 4, 2008 at 1:57 am

I read your article from inside Google Reader ;)

العاب شمس الدين September 4, 2008 at 4:31 am

thanks, that’s a very good post , thanks a lot

Terry September 4, 2008 at 7:31 am

I’ve been using GReader since it came out … it literally owns me too! Google are master programmers – especially when it comes to JavaScript (think how spectacular GMaps is, and always was).

I’ve tried GChrome a bit today, and it is quit impressive. The minimalist approach I appreciate, but the fact that you can’t dock your Bookmarks to the left in a sidebar while surfing really annoys me. Is there some way to do it? In Firefox I just go crtl+b and the list of folders are all accessible to the left. There’s other things that I wouldn’t give up; like some of the Add-ons I’ve become dependent on. Well, really there’s only one I can’t do without – ScrapBook! (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427) Once you start saving snippets from pages for research and stuff, you can go in and search it, highlight sections in multiple ways, make folders and subs, and combine the stuff you’ve saved into a larger file – really good sorting functions as well. It beats GNotebook by lightyears.

Jeffrey September 4, 2008 at 8:38 am

Ok, I’m sorry, there is no link from mail.mises.com to google reader. On the other hand, no biggie.

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