Date: July 1st, 2013
Cate: Geekism

I sense a great disturbance in the force…

…as if millions of feeds cried out and were suddenly silenced. Today is the day that Google Reader goes away, leaving many people searching for alternatives. There are plenty of these: jwz says to use Newsify, an iOS app. This Metafilter thread frequently mentions Feedly, a web-based reader.

I’m still using this antique. Hey, if it ain’t broke, right? Well, at least I know all the ways it’s broke. How’s that. But some people may not be satisfied using software that was written when Bob Barker was still the host of The Price Is Right. In that case, I have a forward reference for you: Feed on Feeds on GitHub! This is an effort to blow the dust off the code, bringing the dependencies up to date, closing some horrible security holes, and even adding a few new features. I haven’t participated in this or even tested it out myself but the project looks pretty active.


  1. July 8th, 2013

  2. It’d be great if you’d link to other forks from the website or turn the domain over to someone else or the like, because the version you’re providing won’t work at all on current versions of PHP and it just means that people download it from your site, can’t get it to work right away, and then end up getting discouraged and using something else.

    Better yet, start pulling from git and see how much we’ve improved it! :)


  3. scotchscotch  
    May 19th, 2014

  4. Hi Steve! simplepie on fof needs an up to date, ’cause of a PHP upgrade that deprecates “assigning the return value of new by reference”. I tried to do something but i’m too newby! The problem is not too big: fof works fine but the “update feeds”, that gives a white page. It updates the feeds only throught update-quiet.php file, directly on the browser..


  5. August 21st, 2014

  6. @scotch: Pull from one of the modernized forks. The RomanSixty one that Steve linked to is fine, although I think Thylacine’s has had more work done on it at this point.