Month: July 2012

RSS Reader that finally appeals to me

Oh wow …I think there is finally an application RSS reader that I like. A few days ago I thought I would checkout the Apple App Store [1] since Mac OS X Mountain Lion was due to be released. While looking around the App Store I noticed an app titled “Reeder” [2]. I checked the screen shots and then visited the website [2].

It was ~$5.00 for the app and after a little contemplation I thought I would give it a try. I thought to myself if I don’t like it then it’s only ~$5.00 thrown away.

After the download and installation I was asked for my Google Reader [3] account login upon running Reeder for the first time. The Reeder App is front-ending Google Reader. So this might seem odd at first thought, but I after a moment it occurred to me that if I end up not liking this RSS app I could still return to my Google Reader account and pick up where I left off from the Reeder App. The author of the app is calling Reeder a Google Reader Client.

Here is what the main screen looks like.

The two items that I care about most are aesthetics and functionality. The Reeder app has satisfied these two items. As far as features go here is what is listed on the Apple App Store (as of 7/30/2012 version 1.1.7).

For a long time I have used Google’s Reader. Google reader has been great and I really have no complaints for having used it for many years now as my only RSS reader.

For reference my experience with Reeder has now been a few days running on OS X 10.7.4 (Lion) with a new MacBook Pro Retina.

Resource Monitor (resmon)

Let’s see, the retail version of Windows 7 has been on the market since October 2009 [1].  Just this past week, July 2012, I realized that there is a nifty Resource Monitor within Windows 7 Pro.  While this is probably not new to folks who use Windows 7 everyday it came as a nice surprise to me.  In my defense of ignorance I plead a willing and habitual use of Mac and Linux …and have recently begun using Windows 7 Pro over the last 12 months (work notebook).

I have to say however that I like Windows 7 much more than I thought I would.  In fact, of the versions of Windows that have been produced and delivered from Redmond, Windows 7 Pro in my opinion has been the best to date.  For the needs I have it has been great.

Starting Resource Monitor is a quick as clicking on “start” then type “resmon” into the “Search programs and files” box.

According to Microsoft, Resource Monitor provides the following [2].

Resource Monitor displays per-process and aggregate CPU, memory, disk, and network usage information, in addition to providing details about which processes are using individual file handles and modules. Advanced filtering allows users to isolate the data related to one or more processes (either applications or services), start, stop, pause, and resume services, and close unresponsive applications from the user interface. It also includes a process analysis feature that can help identify deadlocked processes and file locking conflicts so that the user can attempt to resolve the conflict instead of closing an application and potentially losing data.

Here is a short screencast from TechNet covering Resource Monitor,