Syncing and RSS readers

Brent Simmons, he of NetNewsWire fame and demigod of the indie Mac scene, details all the problems with syncing in general and Google Reader in particular.

I disabled Google Reader sync last night and switched back to NetNewsWire on the desktop, doing local sync.

On the plus side, there’s not a HUGE amount of feeds I follow any more. Also, I never go anywhere so the lack of Google Reader sync isn’t crippling.

BUT: my main use case is, Mac downstairs as “digital hub” and iPad everywhere else (couch, bed, porch, etc). Unless I’m sitting at my Mac to do work, I’m using my iPad; I watch TV on my Apple TV; I listen to music streamed from the Mac via Home Sharing from iTunes.

What I really really want is to have NetNewsWire/iPad to sync to the desktop, much in the way the Yojimbo iPad app does.

I know it’s not some “look at me I’m SUPER MOBILE”, work-at-the-coffee-shop thing, but it works great and is probably (hopefully?) less error-prone than the scenarios Brent describes.

Chrome Annoyances

I’m trying to stick with Google Chrome, but it has a few rough edges that seem to make me INSANE. Somehow, these tweak my nerd-brain OCD and I can’t imagine how anyone uses it.

In no particular order:

  • I hate having to tell it where to download an image, every single time. Since Mac OS X has a ‘Downloads’ folder, let me just save images I right-click on.
  • Related, give me the option to make the downloads statusbar go away.
  • The correct keybinding for switching between browser tabs on Mac OS X is command-shift-arrow (left or right). Command-shift-bracket (command-curly) thankfully exists, but do migrating Safari users really use that?
  • I would be thrilled to be able to tweak the speed at which Google Instant works, among other things. In general Instant is a train-wreck for me, so I disabled it. We operate at different speeds.
  • Every extension seems to want to add a toolbar button, whether it needs it or not.
  • My fav Safari extensions, ClickToFlash and Adblock, seem to work better on Safari.
  • I can’t figure out where my bookmarks are synced to, so I could (for example) view them on my iPad. This means 100% of things have to be on Pinboard. Frankly I’d rather keep a few things off Pinboard.

There’s probably a few other things. Chrome is usually faster and varying degrees of more stable, so I want to use it; but Safari “feels nicer” despite beachballing then gronking the entire machine.