How I Work: Reading Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, Feedly is great, but sometimes I just want to skim through articles and I don’t have the time (or the desire) to actually read them.

[Time for a random story]

Growing up our microwave was on the counter a few feet away from the sink. It sat at an angle, and behind it was an organizer of sorts. Now that I think about it, it was actually a napkin holder, like this. Ours didn’t hold napkins, it held papers. Very important papers. Anything from school permission slips to medical bills could be found “behind the microwave”.

For years this was a running gag in my family that if you’re looking for something it’s most likely “behind the microwave”.

Then one day we got a rolling stand, like this, and put the microwave on it. Now the microwave was sitting with it’s back up against a wall. “Behind the microwave” ceased to exist.

Or did it?

The napkin holder filled with papers was still there on the counter. For years when we were looking for something we would still refer to it as “behind the microwave”.

My mom now lives in a completely different house, and she still has an area we refer to as “behind the microwave”.

[End random story]

Enter Pocket!

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Pocket, just like Feedly, is pretty much available for any platform.

Pocket is my digital “behind the microwave”. It’s not a junk-drawer, because the things that go in it are important and will eventually be used. Pocket is where I send articles that I want to read later, and guess what? Feedly can send directly to Pocket!

Pocket does a wonderful job at taking an article from a website and cleaning the clutter. I’d say it does an even better job than Feedly, but not by much.

Oh, and did I mention it makes the articles available offline? Yeah. Awesomesauce.

It also takes advantage of iOS7’s background app refresh, so it downloads them automagically. Yeah. Awesomesaucer.

Next up I think I’ll talk about how I Twitter. Twitter is also considered a verb now, right?

I guess I should be more worried about using the word awesomesaucer.

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How I Work: Reading Part 2