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Thankfully this one didn't. I have seen some that require a field with a format, and leave you to guess the format (e.g. MM/DD/YYYY, YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY/MM:DD, etc, usually a completely random format that makes no sense, and one asked for a birth date down to the millisecond , and a SSN with 256 Characters . That company did not last very long.)
You have to appreciate that these are very busy people (the Internet is big, and they obviously need to see all of it), so they can't afford to spend too much time on doing things for the people who provide the money that pays their inflated salaries.
Remember that they're doing you a big favour by allowing you to give them them a large chunk of your earnings, and show them the appropriate respect.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
In other words, a complete, unmaintainable mess.
And from the .php file extension, it was server-side preprocessed. I DO NOT, I repeat, I DO NOT want to see the PHP source for that!!! And I think that whoever wrote that should not burn in hell, but it should burn in the center of the sun!
Well that sucks. I liked having an RSS reader as a web app thingy rather than a desktop app, but then again, I rarely even visit the reader. I guess I'm one of those people who are contributing to its decline.
Any good web-based replacements you can recommend?
Not sure yet - I guess I'm still hoping they change their mind, or maybe even (ick) add the functionality to G+. I'd even be willing to send them some money. I know they need it to fricking fund driverless cars and $1500 google bloody glasses.
I've heard some good about NewsBlur[^] (but don't really like the look of it, plus it's being hammered now) or The Old Reader[^] (looks like a very early beta).
Actually, I've never been impressed with Reader. The experience was terrible, the way it organized feeds was just confusing, and always required a huge effort to follow them all (instead of displaying everything in a quick glance like iGoogle does). I always loved iGoogle, but it is also going away. None of the alternatives looked appealing, though. Don't know what to do.
It seems to learn better what types of articles I actually end up reading. I have it pointing at a number of fairly broad categories (Programming, Web Design, etc.), and I find that many of the items it throws in "Top Stories" actually are stuff that I would have read, but might not have found otherwise. I never felt that way when I was trying out Flipboard. Maybe I just need to try it again and see if it's the same as I remember.
I used to be a happy windows phone 7 developer, developing them on VS 2010 on windows 7, which in my humble opinion was the most fun platform to develop for (although the least profitable).
I decided to upgrade to Windows 8, and after i paid the 40 dollars, I discovered you can't upgrade 32-bit windows 7 to 64-bit windows 8 . (Really Microsoft?! It's 2013 and I can't upgrade to 64-bit windows!)
Anyway, i swallowed it and moved on. I downloaded the installer for VS 2012 for Windows Phone 8 development, only to be greeted with this lovely message: This product can only be installed on Windows 8 64-bit!!!
So now I'm stuck with my 32-bit Windows, and I can't develop for Windows Phone 8, or Windows 8.
I wonder how the conversation went at Microsoft when they were discussing this requirement: "Let's not allow users to upgrade to 64-bit windows, while requiring VS 2012 to run on 64-bit windows!!!"