Why am I using RSS
Lately, RSS was the top news with Google shutting down the Google Reader. I was a Google Reader user but stopped using it the day the shutdown was announced. I opted for Feedbin. I do not know if I will stay with it permanently but for now I do not want to replace that service with any other.
I have always used RSS in the browser, Mac client and iOS client. My favorite Mac RSS reader client was and is NetNewsWire. I used the latest version 3 of it but Blackpixel recently released a beta 4 version.
On iOS Reeder is my favorite client. I do not like its Mac client because it was slow and my HDD was working all the time until I quit the app.
For me, RSS is a special way to follow news. I read Dave Winer’s river of news but I do not like to follow my RSS feeds in a river of news way. Why? Because I am not all the time at my computer and with river of news I would miss some news. With the old classic way using RSS I can not miss any news or new posts from my feeds even if I do not open my feeds a week or two. Even after that time the unread news or posts are still there and I can read them.
News is News?
My definition of news from the perspective of my RSS feeds is someway special. To me news is also a post that is not new and news anymore even after a week it was published because that post was not acknowledged by me yet so this post has some information for me that I will not miss.
One note: I do not follow RSS feeds with high frequency (Techcrunch for example) because your unread number of posts will be very high (some thousands). But these kind of feeds are a perfect candidate for a river of news system.
This is very strange. I hope that Elgato is working on this issue since not every Mac user wants to use an unofficial version of Safari. Solution: use the builds of Webkit.
PlaceTagger for iOS with Dropbox support
return7 released an update for PlaceTagger for iOS (version 2.1.0). The new version of PlaceTagger supports Dropbox now and there is an option to disable iCloud sync.
The first thing I made right after the update is that disabled iCloud sync. I had some troubles with the previous version of PlaceTagger for iOS. For some reason the iCloud sync did not work.
I asked return7 on Twitter if I could disable iCloud sync and if a Dropbox support is in plan.
I am very glad that they integrated Dropbox into PlaceTagger for iOS.
I hope there will be an update of PlaceTagger for Mac that will support Dropbox sync. For now, you have to import the .gpx file into the Mac app otherwise you won’t have your geotagging data in your photos.
I started using PlaceTagger for iOS and Mac for geotagging my pictures from Nikon D90. There is an original Nikon GPS unit but is costs too much and you must mount it on the flash mount to use it. Not practical at all.
It is sold separate for 4,5 EUR iOS and Mac respectively but I could not find a better app for iOS with a cool design. Yes, I know, functions are more important but I saw some alternatives and was not satisfied with their design.
PlaceTagger for iOS uses iCloud to sync the geolocation data with the Mac app but for some reason PlaceTagger for Mac will not read my data from iCloud. I do not know if it is iCloud’s or PlaceTagger’s fault but I export now my data from the iOS app over email and add the .gpx files into PlaceTagger on the Mac. It works nice.
Anyway, PlaceTagger is a nice iOS app that has a Mac client to make geolocation tagging more simple.
One new feature would be adding support for Dropbox since iCloud is not a reliable service for now. You would only authorise both apps for using Dropbox and the Mac app could read the geolocation data stored on Dropbox. Simple. No need for emailing (yes, emailing is annoying for me but that is the only way I can use the data for now).
I take photos with my iPhone 5 for Day One notes and for photo notes.
I also use the iPhones’s camera for scanning my bills and for OCR things with TextGrabber. If you need a scanner app with OCR capabilities, buy TextGrabber. It is a fantastic app and the latest version is very improved.
For everything else (serious photography), I use my Nikon D90. I shoot raw. Most of the time I have AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G DX on it.
I agree with Marco that you should never use the built-in flash. Except when you are outside in a sunny day. Use the built-in flash for fill flash. It does a fantastic job. With f11 or f13. Try it and you will be very satisfied with the result.