I switched feed readers this week. This is a big deal to me! In years past, I was a contributor to the Planet project (my only open-source Python work to date; I overhauled the regexp filtering) so I've been using Planet (and later Venus) to aggregate my favorite RSS and Atom news sources for my personal consumption.
I preferred Planet over other readers because it is online. I run the aggregator via cron my my home machine and upload the gzipped results to my webserver. Then I can view the chronological results from any computer in the world. I stop reading when I hit something I remember reading before.
I rejected several competent readers which store results on just one computer (NetNewsWire, Sage, Safari, etc) since it doesn't support my mobile habits. I tried Plagger for a while, but it was so much harder to hack than Planet that I gave up and switched back. But lately, bugs in Planet have gotten the best of me. Planet loses posts left and right and has trouble retaining chronological order (Sam Ruby and I disagree on the latter point: I think it should sort on received date and he thinks it should sort on post date).
Lacking time to delve back into Plagger, I decided to try Google Reader. So far I like it. It works well across multiple computers because the read/unread state is stored online. The interface is attractive and easy to use. Its JIT content loading makes for quick startup.
And now the complaints:
What feed readers do you like, dear journal reader?