Thursday, March 29, 2012

Use Gmail to get POP3 and enable IMAP

I now use Gmail to get my work mail from POP3 server and serve to my Thunderbird via IMAP. I labeled mail from POP3 as "Work". I can now view gmail and work mail together. IMAP is also convenient as it doesn't matter how many clients you have, they are all synced to GMAIL. You have all your mail in the cloud. When you have to change the PC/Notebook, just install the client and sync. No need to copy .pst file or things like that.
One thing I need to get used to is the concept of "Label" which is not the same as "Folders". But I think it has its advantages. Here's how I structured my "label"

You can drag and drop mail to different labels but when you drag mail out from the list, the label used to show that list also get removed, but not other labels. Just have to be aware of this.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Create RSS Feeds from any Web Site

Feed43 is the most flexible and let you control where and how to extract contents and turn into RSS feeds when compared to others. Highly recommended.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Diagram Showing News Delivery to my Kindle and iPad

Making use of feedstitch, ifttt.com, Readability, Instapaper and SENDtoREADER. Byline on iPad is highly recommended due to its caching capability. I used dabbleboard.com to draw this. Very convenient.[Updated:April 17,2012] feedstitch is down. I now add tasks into ifttt.com to send new feeds to Readability directly. You can add multiple feeds, so no need to combine using feedstitch first.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Google Reader to Kindle

1. Klip.me is almost the perfect choice. You can set schedule, specify which folder in Google Reader, how many post to send. But it does not support images and does not fetch the full content.
2. SENDtoREADER. I found that it does not fetch the correct content. For example some content on sidebar not related to main article got fetched and mixed in with the main articles. I compared this to the way Readability fetched this correctly. Unacceptable.
3. Kindlefeeder does not get the whole content and does not send images or sometime send wrong images

So far I got perfect contents with images on Kindle from Readability. Just need to find a way to send feeds automatically to Readability so that I can set schedule to send the list update to Kindle from Readability. I think I'm going to use ifttt.com to do this. I can create multiple tasks in ifttt.com with each one correspond to one rss feed and send its update to Readability. Another way is to combine all rss feeds first using feedstitch.com which is pretty easy to use or using Yahoo pipes which is amazingly flexible. So here is the services I'll be using:




Monday, March 12, 2012

Kindle It versus Send to Kindle

I feel that "Kindle It" from FiveFilters.org sends better format than "Send to Kindle" from Klip.me. Both are very useful.






Sunday, March 11, 2012

Google Reader and Readability


I was looking for a beautiful news reader that I can use on PC, something similar to flipboard on iPad. I also want to be able to send the lengthy news to another app like the Instapaper or Readability so I can read it easily with a clean layout. Another feature I wanted was "Send to Kindle". Below are News Reader that I like. All of them support browsing for news/feeds to be added to your channel.



Supported Apps 
for Read Later
Layout
Instapaper
Read It Later
Beautiful, Magazine-like
No Web-based
Instapaper
Readability
Read It Later
Row-based
No Web-based

Instapaper

Similar to Flipboard
No Web-based
None Row at the bottom
Clean Content Layout
Support both Mobile and
Web-based

Only Layers/Persona has the corresponding web-based for PC. But it does not support sending to Instapaper and Readability. I should also mention that Instapaper can only send the whole updated list to your Kindle, not selectively per article. Readability can do that with a more modern interface. Instapaper can send upto 10 articles for free version. If you subscribe for 1$ a month you can get upto 50 articles to be sent to Kindle. Readability does not seem to have this limitation. The 1$ is not an issue for me. But when I send list of articles to Kindle from Instapaper, the images were not included while Readability did not have this problem. Another service "ReadItLater" does not support "Send to Kindle".

  

So I have to go back to Google Reader as my news aggregator and reader. I added in Google Reader a custom "Send To" services to Readability following the instruction here http://help.readability.com/customer/portal/articles/311806--how-can-i-manually-add-readability-as-a-custom-send-to-service-in-google-reeder-
READ NOW:
URL: http://www.readability.com/read?url=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.readability.com/media/images/favicon.ico

READ LATER:
URL: http://www.readability.com/save?url=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.readability.com/media/images/favicon.ico
I also make the style of Google Reader cleaner using the Chrome extension called "Stylish" and download the "Minimal Readable Expanded" style to apply to the Google Reader.


The Google Reader then looked like this with hidden navigation pane on the left (it appears only when you move your mouse there)



That's it. So Plain old Google Reader on PC and Pulse on iPad/iPhone. With Readability to read with a clean layout and send update to Kindle every morning.

Forgot to mention that Feedly does not have Readability built-in yet. That's the only one reason why I have to still use Google Reader. Feedly is very good looking wrap around Google Reader. I'll use it once it has Readability connection.

[Updated : Mar 18, 2012] I used "Super Full Feeds" extension for Chrome to get the full articles for truncated rss feeds. But later I found that it does not get articles correctly from some sites such as Gizmodo. Send to -> Readability worked find. Then I found "Reader Plus" extension which support the same thing but use Readability engine. It also support themes and many other things. I can now remove both "Stylish" and  "Super Full Feeds" and only use "Reader Plus" now. Working perfectly so far.