After reading Heather's post and then (closer to home) Kristine's post about making the switch from Bloglines to Google Reader, I was sold. It's now installed and I'm clicking happily away. And there is a huge bonus because if you install the "Next" button in your bookmarks (which are known as "Favourites" in my browser-speak) you can read blogs in their original settings with all the lovely headers and blog designs displayed (essential in a craft blog, I think).
But there were moments in between where things were not so happy. Because, techno-idiot that I am, the little Google "Easter Egg" joke had me tied up in knots for hours. This was me on that day:
(Sitting on charm pack quilt-in-progress. Moda "Snippets" for the curious....)
As the Wikipedia entry above explains (for those not in the know, like me), "Easter Eggs" of the non-chocolate variety are little coding jokes put into programs. For Google Reader, the joke is that when you have read all your feeds (or in my case when the program is newly installed and new feeds have not yet been published) you come to a page that says words to the effect of:
"End of internet! You have reached the end of the internet - there are no more links - you should now turn off your computer and do something productive: go outside and read a book".
I thought that I'd installed it wrongly, or worse, that I had the latest computer virus that was being talked about last week on the news. But, ha-ha, OK, you got me Google. However, in the "right back at you" spirit, and with thanks to Amy for linking to these very funny "Open letters to people or entities who are unlikely to respond", I'm hereby republishing one computer user's very apt "Open Letter to Google".
Happy Easter to all!