Safari Reading List

With such an overwhelming amount of content to consume on the internet, we are now in a position where we must have some means of hanging on to some stuff to look at later, rather than reviewing everything as we come across it. This could be due to timing, or simply the total volume of items we come across. As the internet evolves, so do the content types that we are saving for later. We started with text articles that we wanted to give our full attention to at a later time, so with that we saw the rise of “read it later” solutions such as Instapaper, and Read It Later (later renamed Pocket). These services are great for putting text into a very clean and legible format for text consumption. Over time, the types of content I am saving for later viewing are becoming more complex, as are the webpages that they are hosted on. Videos, images, and audio files, are becoming a major percentage of what I save for later. This makes the idea of transforming the webpage into a clean text layout somewhat irrelevant, and often times, makes the actual content inaccessible. When the content is no longer viewable due to this processing, you then must switch the application into a “standard web view”. I have noticed a pattern over the last few months where I was switching to “web view” way more often than not. Because of this, it was actually becoming more work to save it to a third party service, since it was translating it from web view to reader view, and then I would have to translate it back to web view to see what I had saved. This obviously doesn’t take *that much* time, but over the course of hundreds of articles, it adds up. If I was viewing the content in the browser anyway, why not just save it in the browser? So I started doing just that. Safari has a feature called “Reading List” that allows you to save links to a list (system wide) for later viewing. This list syncs across all devices, and simply gives me access to stuff I want to look at later. I thought at first that this didn’t give me all the features of some of the other services, but it actually does. Safari has a “Reader” mode that gives you a clean, text only look for articles, also all manners of sharing are built into the OS. Safari Reading List is not the most advertised feature of Safari, but for a lot of people, I think it’s exactly what they need. It’s pretty great to have it in the Safari 3D Touch menu in iOS as well.

Browser Testing

A couple months back I decided to see what it was like to use various browsers. This was mostly to see if I was missing anything. At the time I was using Google’s Chrome browser, so I was going to try the other 2 in the top three. Of course the top three are Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. You may be thinking, “what about Opera!?”. Well that is a browser, but that’s like saying a Blackberry is a smartphone.I set out to try Safari and Firefox for a full 30 days with no other browser being looked at during that time. I tried Safari first, and then moved to Firefox. Here is the short version of the results.

SafariPros: Bookmark sync with my iPhone and iPad.Cons: It handles tabs weirdly, just couldn’t get used to it.

FirefoxPros: Has pretty good syncing across multiple computers, and an iPhone app.Cons: MEMORY LEAKS!!!! OMG! It was not uncommon for this thing to use over 1GB of memory! WTF!?

Winner: Chrome!

As I write this I am using Chrome again. I really don’t have any complaints about the browser, it really just feels like it is doing it right.

What do you think?(flame me for the BB comment below. After that, tell me how good your blackberry is at email!) 🙂

iPhone Safari: It’s like having 74.6% of the web in your pocket!

Much like when you get burned by your friend with the Moto Razr when they send you an MMS and then laugh at you because your “state of the art smart phone” can’t get a simple MMS which is a technology from the early 2000 era, the browser can burn you just the same. “Oh hey, go check out that webpage on your phone man.” Sure thing, after all, I do have the internet in my pocket, right? Well, you do, if the internet you want doesn’t have and kind of Flash. As you see in this screenshot, I am not looking at this page on the go or any other with any kind of Flash content.

So who do you blame? The website developer for not having an HTML version? Apple for not having Flash on the iPhone? Jesus for not making everything work? (I guess that is a bit redundant since Jesus is the CEO of Apple) (hopefully that got you riled up, feel free to flame me with “fanboy” messages now) 🙂

What’s the point here? None, really. Just stating the obvious, yet again. How many years before we actually get the /ENTIRE/ internet in our pockets? It did take 2 full years to get MMS on the iPhone…(at least that is what we have been told, I’ll believe it when I have it)