goodbye google reader – it was nice meeting you … hello feedly!

a good (and very fast) alternative for google reader

i was just about to switch from google reader to tt-rss when i scrolled through my starred articles and stumbled upon an lifehacker article mentioning feedly

so while i was uploading tt-rss i thought i could give feedly a try …

the good parts

what i can say now:

– it is fast

– it integrates in firefox and has an iphone app (which is amazingly fast)

– the ui is clean and clutter free

the missing

it seems to be the perfect replacement for google reader .. but .. from this first (approx. 30 minutes) evaluation i am missing two things:

takeout

just like google takeout i would like to know that i can export my feed list and switch my reader of choice at any time .. maybe that option exists but i could not find it …

search

the search seems to be a web search .. i was not able to search just within my feeds … (just found out it is requested and planned)

the conclusion

at a first sight it seems to be the perfect replacement .. but the lacking features makes it not my first choice …

i will set up and evaluate tt-rss next …

IFTTT – receive an email for new offers on ebay for that (rare) item you are looking for [update 2013-06-07]

i love ebay … ebay is to me what amazon is to others .. a place where i get any item … and with the help of ifttt you can even receive an email if there is a new offer available for that special/rare item you are looking for .. this is how it goes:

getting the RSS URL from ebay

first you have to search for that thing you are looking for .. in my case: the rare cd from “la boom” named “atarihuana” .. so i search for “atarihuana” .. specific enough in my case ..

then looking at the very end of the search page you will find the orange “RSS”-button: right-click that and

seems that ebay removed the RSS button due to the layout change (thanks to Dennis Lind for his comment!) .. the solution is as follows …

when i search for “atarihuana” on ebay.de i am presented with the following URL:

http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_nkw=atarihuana&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

we now have to append “&_rss=1” (without the quotes) to the URL (and reload to verify that this awesome feature still exists) and thus result with the following URL

http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_nkw=atarihuana&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_rss=1

copy the url .. now head over to ifttt and create a new recipe for that RSS-feed to send you an email whenever a new item is added …

creating the receipe at ifttt

step 1: choose the trigger channel “Feed”

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step 2: choose the trigger “New feed item”

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step 3: insert the RSS feed URL

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step 4: choose “Email” as action channel

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step 5: choose “Send me an email” as action

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step 6: you may edit the subject and/or the body (i added “ebay – atarihuana – ” to the subject)

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step 7: in the last step you may add a description and finally create the recipe

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and that’s everything you have to do .. from now on whenever a new offer is added on ebay you will receive an email with that new item …

hope this is useful to you …