As you’ll have noticed from the past few posts, I’ve been playing around with several different RSS readers lately, including NewsGator (the old favourite), FeedDemon, Onfolio and Pluck. While playing around with FeedDemon, I ended up testing its integration with Bloglines, which in turn led me to playing with Bloglines for the first time in a while.
Bloglines is much better these days than when I first used it. The interface has been tweaked and massaged to the point where it doesn’t look like it was designed by a gibbon, although that off-blue they use for everything still makes me think of 1970’s bathrooms. But, it’s much improved.
So I decided the conduct an experiment. Rather than use any of the desktop aggregators I’ve been playing with, I decided to use Bloglines – and, for offline reading, the integration with it in FeedDemon – for RSS. Once I’d decided that, it made sense to switch from IE to Firefox, which has a couple of nifty tools for working with Bloglines. And once I’d decided to switch to Firefox, I thought I might as well go the whole hog and move to Thunderbird (from Outlook) for email.
Thunderbird is currently importing the approximately 20,000 emails that reside in Outlook, which – amusingly – is making Norton Anti-Virus go ballistic as it finds archived emails which contained viruses that I knew nothing about (hey Norton, how did you not catch them the first time???). I suspect it could take some time.
The final piece in the jigsaw, by the way, is the excellent FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows XP, which will replace all the aspects of Outlook that Thunderbird doesnt’ cover. I already use this, though, so it’s not new. I’ll be posting about how this all goes over the next few weeks.