Stephen Hackett is one of my favorite writers on the web, he writes at 512 Pixels and is also a co-host in my favorite podcast The Prompt along with Federico Viticci and Myke Hurley. Stephen’s son, Josiah, has a brain tumor and is a patient at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at Memphis. I have been following Josiah’s story for a few months now and he is a hero.
I encourage you to support Stephen and Josiah by donating to Team GoJGo in St. Jude’s Marathon Weekend. Donating to St. Jude’s will not only support Stephen, which means he will have more time to write quality content and reviews you’ll enjoy but can also help save children’s lives and help find cures to childhood cancer. I already donated, and I suggest you do to.
Feed Wrangler is really a great service, but it’s design on the website leaves much to desired. Preshit Deorukhkar was the first to try and change it with Feed Rango, his Chrome/Safari extension. Preshit also helped Ed Wellbrook make Rodeo, a better and more elegant Chrome/Safari extension. I used Feed Rango and used Rodeo for a while, but a thing that bothered me with Rodeo is that it doesn’t match Feed Wrangler’s colors. Rodeo uses Orange and Black colors while Feed Wrangler, on the site and iOS app, uses Blue colors. I wanted to change it – so I created Rodeo Blue – a Blue version of Rodeo. While I mainly access my Feed Wrangler streams with Reeder along with my Feedly and a Local Lightweight RSS Feed configured with Reeder, it’s great to be have a way to access my feeds when I can’t use the app. And now, accesing the site is a delightful experience. I only had time to package the Chrome extension, but I will package the Safari extension when I have the time.
You can start enjoying a more delightful Feed Wrangler experience by downloading the Chrome extension here.
Pinboard is a service for bookmarking. I heard a lot about it but everytime I thought “Should I sign up?” I decided not to, because I couldn’t find a use for it. It all changed when I read Shawn Blanc‘s Beginner’s Guide to Pinboard 2 weeks ago. I finally found a use for Pinboard, and have been using it heavily since signing up. Like Shawn, I decided to collect everything that is or was interesting to me, every link I clicked, every post I read on Reeder and the tabs I open on my browser. Shawn wrote everything you need to start using Pinboard – Bookmarklets, Apps, Tips and the most important thing – Why to use Pinboard. Signing up to Pinboard costs a one time fee of the number of users * $0.001, so the fee is currently 10.22$. I recommend you read Shawn’s guide and sign up for Pinboard as soon as you can, because it’s a great service and the earlier you join, the less you’ll pay.
Pod Wrangler is a new app and service by David Smith, maker of Feed Wrangler. While I agree with Federico Viticci that the app currently doesn’t fit with how I listen to podcasts, I think Pod Wrangler is a great foundation for the future of podcasting clients. Read more inside the article for how I listen to podcasts and what I think of Pod Wrangler.
Amount by Marco Torretta is a handy unit converter for iPhone. The app is iOS 7 ready and contains units in 25 categories, that you can customize(choose which units/categories to show) like Time, Currency, Weight, Speed and Length. It comes with a history log, so you can see and use previous conversions and also supports basic math actions (and percentages). Federico Viticci wrote a nice review about it that you should check for more information. The app is constantly updated and only costs 0.99$ on the App Store, so even if you won’t use it a lot, I suggest you pick it up, It’s worth it.
Perfect Weather by Constrast is an app I have been waiting for for a long time. I have been trying a few weather apps, used Check the Weather until I switched to Today Weather. I sticked with Today for a while but it wasn’t the app I was looking for, so I when I heard that David Barnard was working on a weather app I was really excited. But, after all the excitement, Perfect Weather ended up disappointing me. Don’t get me wrong, the app is really great and it has exactly the features I want from a weather app, but the app only works in the US, so it useless for me. Dave Caolo of TUAW prepared a nice review of it, so if you are in the US and looking for a great weather app, check Dave’s review and get Perfect Weather – it’s only 2.99$ on the App Store.