Adding Readability to Google Reader’s Send To Menu

Sent to Menu

I usually spend most of my time on the internet going through my RSS feeds on Google Reader. Reader has a great feature called Send to at the bottom of each post which allows you to send the current article to a list of predefined sites or you can define custom sites to send the article to.

Send to Predefined sites

The included list of predefined sites offers plenty of options, but it is missing entries for Readability.com. I’ve used Twitter, Tumblr and Posterous before, but lately I find myself only using Readability since I’m able to send the article to my Kindle.

In order to add the entries just click on “create custom link” and fill in the box with the following and click Save when done. I created two links, one for Read Later and the other for Read Now. You can add both or just the Read Later.

Read Now

Name: Readability (READ NOW)
URL: http://www.readability.com/read?url=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.readability.com/media/images/favicon.ico

Read Later

Name: Readability (READ LATER)
URL: http://www.readability.com/save?url=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.readability.com/media/images/favicon.ico

Here is what it should look like.

Create Custom Link

The READ NOW and READ LATER entries will open a new window/tab which will require an extra step to either activate the reader mode or save it for later.

First, lets take a look at READ NOW. Once the new window/tab opens you will see the original article with a toolbar at the top with the option to switch to “Readability View”. I contacted the Readability Team about this behavior and was told the following (which seem fair):

The reason we show the page first and have you click through to the Readability view is that we don’t want to deprive the publisher of any page views. We’re not looking to infringe on anyone’s copyrights or step on any toes, so we figure that showing you the page as is first is the best way to go. We are sorry if this is an inconvenience.

If you have any more questions or comments, just let us know.

Thanks,

The Readability Team

I would like to thank “The Readability Team” for their quick response to my question.

Page displayed by selecting READ NOW

Next, lets take a look at READ LATER. Selecting this entry will open a new window/tab and will ask you to confirm adding the article. Once you confirm by selecting “Yes, save to my Reading List” it will redirect to the original article.

READ LATER Confirmation page

 

Send the web to your Kindle with Readability.com

Screenshot from Readability.com

Since I got my Kindle (Kindle 3) I’ve been using Readability to send articles and post from the sites I frequent over to my kindle. Readability is a great product similar to Instapaper and Read it Later, but it adds a few features specific for Kindle users.

Readability converts web page into a clean and distraction free reading content. At the moment it has extensions for Chrome and Firefox (Bookmarklet can be used for other browsers) and a great mobile web app for iOS and Android browsers. iOS and Android apps are in the works.

On January 10th Readability announced that it was now a free service (before that you would only get your last 30 entries for free) which is great for those who wish to use it as a filing cabinet for articles.

Readability Extension

The Readability extension gives you three options: 1) Read Now, 2) Read Later, or 3) Send to Kindle. Option 1 and 2 will send to output to your reading list on Readability.com  with option 1 giving you the Readability version of the article immediately. Option 3 work pretty much like Read Later but will send the output the your kindle email address. I prefer to use option 2 and have set up Readability to send me a digest of all my articles at 4 a.m. which is set up like a periodical subscription which is replaced each day. The digest includes a neat table of contents on you Kindle so you can browse through your saved items.

Here is what an article would look like after being sent to Readability.com.

Original Article
After Processed by Readability

Here is a short video on what Readability is:

Readability — Read comfortably anytime, anywhere. from Arc90 on Vimeo.

Time Warp Feb 2006

Cover from Feb 2006

While cleaning out some boxes in the closet I came across and issue of CPU (Computer Power User) from February 2006. I really don’t think about it much, but 5+ year in the tech world is a very long time. I’m going to highlight a few things from the magazine which I found most interesting.

It was interesting to see that Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda and Chris Pirillo under the experts page. Haven’t seen much of CmdrTaco after he left Slashdot and haven’t followed Chris Pirillo in a while.

The editorial by Chris Trumble talks about AMD and Intel going beyond dual-core, the upcoming release of a new version of Windows (Windows Vista which was release in November) and the newly release XBOX 360 (has it really been that long since it was released?). Page nine talks about Google Analytics being released and Google not accepting new accounts at the time the magazine went to press.

Digital Economy Page 12

On page 12 it speculates that by 2010 nearly 63 million people would have tried podcasting, Edison Research published in 2010 “The Current State Of Podcasting” with numbers around 70 million people (that’s a pretty close estimation if you ask me).

Top 10 Bluetooth Gadgets. Page 58

Top 10 Bluetooth Gadgets (page 58) puts the HP iPAQ hw6515 as the number one gadget which ran for $500 with a service contract and had a 1.3MP Camera.

Upgrades (page 73), I used to look forward to this section every month and it looks like in February 2006 there were a few must have upgrades to apply:

  1. Firefox 1.5
  2. Google Talk 1.0.0.78 Beta
  3. (Unofficial) Win98 SE Service Pack 2.1a
  4. ATI Catalyst 5.11 (I used to hate dealing with ATI drivers)
Chris Pirillo Editorial Picture

Unleash your Inner Torrent by Chris Pirillo (page 79) mentions uTorrent as a new product which “is poised to become the leading Windows-based BitTorrent client”. It also mentions Azureus (now Vuze) as “the client that most BitTorrent neophytes go for”.

I find it amazing how much technology changes in a very short time. This is one of the reasons I decided to make my career in this field. There is always something new and if you don’t keep up, you’ll be left behind. I’ve come across many individuals who are very sharp, but are unable to compete for new positions/jobs because they lack the ambition to keep up with current tech. One of my best tools to keep current is Google Reader where my average list of sites I follow fluctuates between 150 and 200.

Google Reader Stats

The Boxed Mono of Doom

Few important announcements today in the Open Source world. I’m pretty exited by all of them and feel like I need to start doing more code for fun and not just code for work.

First, Zenimax the company that acquired id Software will be releasing the source-code for Doom 3 later on this year. Should start getting some cool games based on the Doom 3 engine soon after the code release.

Next, Xamarin (the company which is now developing Mono) has released Mono 2.10.3 which makes it the first official release of Mono under Xamarin. This release includes support for MacOS X Lion (Mono and Gtk+). There is also a MonoMac add-in for MonoDevelop update which fixes Lion issues.

Finally, Dotan J. Nahum (jondot on GitHub) has released packs an open source implementation of BoxJS, BoxCSS and Boxresizer. All of which are mountable as Rack apps inside Rails or as stand-alone apps. It is also fully compatible with Heroku.

If you’re a developer (especially an FOSS developer) you now have a few new toys to play with.

Sources:

Installing Rails with RVM

In this article I will describe the steps I used in order to get a Rails environment up and running under Linux using RVM (I’m using Fedora 15). I will assume you know your way around Linux and you should be able to replace any of the Fedora specifics with your distributions corresponding tools (in particular YUM the package manager). If you are following this article and are using Mac OS X you should be able to replace the YUM package manager with homebrew.

I will be installing and using Ruby with RVM (Ruby Version Manager) which is a command line tool which will allow me to easily install and manage multiple version of Ruby. This is a requirement since I will be developing using Ruby and jRuby. Continue reading Installing Rails with RVM