Jul 26

Feed readers are great for getting all your news delivered to one place. Now that Google Reader has gone, we’ve all had to find an alternative reader. I’ve been using Feedly for some time now. I can set it up pretty much like Google Reader used to be, but the one thing I find most annoying is that keyword filtering is not built into feed readers. Filtering out stuff I don’t want is the feature I want most and I could do it in Google Reader with the Google Reader Filter extension. However, thanks to a recent post on Addictive Tips and Lifehacker,  I’ve discovered that I can use Reader Filter for keyword filtering in Feedly and The Old Reader using Chrome browser. I’ve found it also works fine if you’re using Feedly Cloud.

Once installed in Chrome, go into the settings and add your keywords and phrases in the ‘What to hide’ section.

Reader Filter

You can set up Reader Filter to filter out keywords or phrases occurring in the post title only or in the title and body text which is very useful. You can also choose if the keyword is to be case-sensitive or not. You can also add a list of feeds never to filter. You can change your Feedly layout too but that doesn’t really bother me. I don’t think there’s a Feedly filter userscript for Firefox yet but from what I read here, that may come soon.

So if you want to hide blog posts you just don’t want to read in Feedly, try Reader Filter.

Jul 16

Some bloggers choose to add utm_source tracking codes to their page URLs to track where their blog traffic is coming from. That’s fine but if I follow a link from Feedly, my RSS reader, and want to bookmark the link for future reference, I now have a bunch of additional junk at the end of the URL which I’d rather remove before bookmarking. Usually, the junk part starts something like ?utm_source=feedburner. I found a way to remove this in Google Reader using the Unburner plugin in Chrome and most people that commented there seemed to find it useful.

Turns out that even though Google Reader has now gone, this plugin still seems to work fine for me with Feedly. I’m using the cloud version of Feedly (cloud.feedly.com) which currently uses Feedly version 16.0.558. The Unburner plugin is currently at version 0.4.

Seems to work for hover-over links in Feedly where the link seems to point to feeds.feedproxy.com and feeds.feedblitz.com but not for say feeds.mashable.com which leads to a ?utm_campaign=Feed… tracking code. Still, at least it seems to get rid of all of the annoying FeedBurner tracking codes.

So if these FeedBurner codes are bugging you too in Feedly, try installing the Unburner extension in your Chrome browser.

Jul 10
Holidays, Exercise and Relaxation
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Every year, we have a summer break in the west of Ireland and this year was no exception. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed revisiting towns there like Athlone and Roscommon. Athlone is in central Ireland on the River Shannon but it’s Roscommon town I’d like to mention here.

Roscommon town has a beautiful little park and small loch or lake bordering the 13th century Roscommon Castle. There’s ample parking there. I’ve always enjoyed walking round the park but I usually see a few people out jogging there as well.

roscommon castle

This year we discovered a new feature there. As we walked around the loch , we could see an outdoor gym. I was fully expecting to have to put my euros in the slot, but no, it was all free! The outdoor fitness equipment was supplied by the aptly named Outfit. Well done Roscommon, that’s a wonderful new addition the park.

Outdoor gym1Outdoor gym2

After a little while there, it was off down town. We all have our favourite coffee shops and mine is on the High Street in Roscommon  – The Comfy Cafe.

The Comfy Cafe - Roscommon

It may look small from the outside but it winds back inside to the counter at the back.

The Comfy Cafe2

Paninis, ciabattas, wraps, baked potatoes, delicious muffins, and excellent tea, coffee and hot chocolate. And very friendly service. We’ve been going there for 3 or 4 years now and never been disappointed. After that, there are some very nice shops on the main street.

So if you’re ever passing through Roscommon town, you know where to go. And a little hint – don’t try to park on the main street, head for the good old Tesco car park just behind it!

Where’s your favourite park and coffee shop? Let us know in the comments.

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