Wimbledon, RSS Feed Readers, Cassette Tapes, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 15, 2019


UK Web Archive Blog: The Magic of Wimbledon in the UK Web Archive. “From the very first Lawn Tennis Championships in 1877, to the introduction of Open tennis in 1968, to the building of roofs on Centre and No.1 Courts. Wimbledon is both the past and the future of tennis. It’s in this same spirit that the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library has teamed up with the British Library to curate a collection of tennis websites for the UK web archive.”


Lifehacker: The Best RSS Readers and News Aggregation Apps. “A few days ago, I asked you for your favorite news aggregator apps. We got tons of responses, but it was pretty clear which apps were going to be our top recommendations within the first batch of comments. Without further ado, here are the best RSS readers/news aggregators, plus a few alternatives for good measure.” NewsBlur didn’t get a mention! It’s at and I think it’s excellent. I pay full freight for my subscription and I’m a satisfied customer.


Pitchfork: Worldwide Material Shortage Delays Cassette Tape Production. “While the cassette resurgence has not matched the vinyl boom, tape sales are on the rise, growing 23% in 2018. This has led to a period of immense productivity for National Audio Company, the largest audio cassette tape manufacturer in the United States. Production is being threatened, however, by a worldwide shortage of gamma ferric oxide, the most common material used for magnetic recording.”

Motherboard: Flash Is Responsible for the Internet’s Most Creative Era. “A new book highlighting the visual evolution of web design paints a picture of a risk-taking creative culture that hasn’t been quite the same since Steve Jobs stuck a knife into Flash.”


Washington Post: Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply. “Colleges are collecting more data about prospective students than ever before — part of an effort, administrators say, to make better predictions about which students are the most likely to apply, accept an offer and enroll. Records reviewed by The Post show that at least 44 public and private universities in the United States work with outside consulting companies to collect and analyze data on prospective students, by tracking their Web activity or formulating predictive scores to measure each student’s likelihood of enrolling.”

Engadget: One of Linux’s most important commands had a glaring security flaw. “If you’ve used the command line in Linux or a Unix-based platform like macOS, you’re probably familiar with the ‘sudo’ command — it lets you run tasks with different (usually elevated) permissions than you’d otherwise have. It’s powerful, but it was apparently too powerful until now.”

How-To Geek: Is Your Old Router Still Getting Security Updates?. “Security researchers from Fortinet recently discovered security holes in some D-Link routers. Many of these routers are still sold online, but D-Link no longer manufactures them and won’t patch them. So how do you tell if your router is still supported?”


The Conversation: Truly smart homes could help dementia patients live independently. “The growing number of people with dementia is encouraging care providers to look to technology as a way of supporting human carers and improving patients’ quality of life. In particular, we want to use technology to help people with dementia live more independently for as long as possible.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Moving beyond ‘Zuck sucks’. “Journalists covering Silicon Valley have increasingly embraced the role of ‘watchdog’ rather than ‘mascot’—a development, BuzzFeed News’s Craig Silverman told us in an interview, that marked the rise of “adversarial” tech reporting. This critical turn in tech journalism has ushered in reporting on the broken promises, negligence, and other shortcomings of Big Tech companies and their most prominent executives, he explained. But this may not be enough to spur the public engagement necessary to affect real change.”

Wired: To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source . “Unlike more predictable sources of energy, the energy produced by a wind farm can vary from day to day, forcing utilities to offload excess supplies and make up for shortages. The solar panels on residential rooftops that feed into the grid pose their own challenges because the grid wasn’t designed to facilitate a two-way flow of energy. To meet those technological challenges, the energy sector is turning to open source software.” Good evening, Internet…

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  1. My issue with most RSS readers is that they don’t fit my extreme design criteria, in other words, they aren’t enough like Google reader. I’m totally blind, I used to use Google reader every day. I used to love the design with the headings and links. Hardly any of the readers I test do that anymore, and if they do, they have many other issues.
    That’s one of the problems, but drag-and-drop is another one. I’d like to be able to use my folders, please! A lot of readers use drag-and-drop, unfortunately.
    Right now I’m using, mostly because it doesn’t use drag-and-drop, it’s easy to rename feeds, and add them to folders. However the lack of features is starting to become unsatisfactory.

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