lifehacks


As soon as the news of an updated Google Reader hit the blogs a week or so ago, I gave the web app another shot at being my rss reader of choice. The functionality that I was looking for was a way to easily send posts to friends through my gmail account. Bloglines makes it a little tricky, but Google Reader nails it spot on. Now Greasemonkey developers have gone to work on the app, producing a script that allows you to search the specific feed that you are reading or all of your blogs. This is a helpful feature while we wait for Google to sort out it’s own search for Reader.

Google Reader with Greasemonkey Hack
(Thanks to Download Squad)

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Merlin Mann has a few nice, obvious tips for improving your life in the short term. I particularly found number four to be helpful, as I stare at my over flowing inbox next to my desk. I think I have to get that sorted through this weekend.

Get out of your inbox – Many of us are habituated to living out of our email inbox, voicemail, and the other “in baskets” of our lives. Instead, try to set aside regular, periodic times when you trawl for the new content in your life — then get back to work! Inboxes are delivery systems, not workspaces. The real work is happening in your brain and practically every other place that’s not an inbox. Stop allowing yourself to be brow-beaten by the latest, loudest, or most dramatic item that’s landed in your world.

I ran across an article the other day (I forget where) and it was all about the new mobile version of ask.com. The article got me to thinking about mobile websites, which are the best (most useful, most pleasing, functional, etc.) I personally have set the browser on my device to open up to my bookmarks, so that no time is wasted. But I used to set the PDA version of Google as my homepage. But there are quite a few sites out there that have portable counterparts, for better or for worse.

Google Mobile


Google Mobile
This is the site that I go to when I need a search page. (typically I use Berry411 for search, but this is useful if I already have the browser open.)

Windows Live Mobile


Windows Live Mobile

Windows Live Mobile is a full featured portal that has a lot of tools at hand for easy access. For my taste, it’s a little too much on a small screen, but the MSN Money on the homepage is a nice feature. Where’s the search box?

Yahoo Mobile


Yahoo Mobile

Yahoo Mobile belongs to the same school of thought as Windows Live. It has several links to various Yahoo properties, and imports a few headlines for conveinc. hen I am logged in, it shows the current weather here in Austin, Tx and tells me how many emails I have in my neglected Yahoo Mail! account. Where’s the search box?

AOL Mobile


AOL Mobile

I’ve never used this. But then again, I never used AOL much either.

Ask Mobile


Ask Mobile

All the popularity of Ask.com in a small package! (sarcasm?) Where’s the search box?

Google Reader Mobile


Google Reader Mobile

I love Google Reader Mobile! I used this mobile site more than any other. It has great integration with the full-size version, but I wish it had a “share” function and an “email” link for each post so that I could categorize them on the fly. But it helps me beat back the 250+ feeds that I read.

Bloglines Mobile


Bloglines Mobile

I used this before I recently converted over to the new Google Reader. Bloglines served me well for years, but lacked Gmail integration, which of course, Google Reader has.

Remember the Milk Mobile


Remember the Milk

I love this site. It’s been out for a while, but I like that it has mobile access, which to me seems critical for a web app that wants to be your task list. Give me blackberry integration and I will gladly use this app instead of Outlook Tasks.

This list is by no means exhaustive, WAP Review does a great job of reviewing mobile sites.