Saying Goodbye to Pocket

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) is one of the most popular services that lets you mark web content for later. It's a fantastic application, and I have no complaints - it has a really good Firefox extension, the Android / iOS apps are fantastic, and the syncing works seamlessly.

But I don't need it anymore.

Yesterday, I blogged about how I'm giving Delicious a shot at organizing and archiving all of my favourite content on the web. Delicious has very good support for tags, and it also lets you create an RSS feed of all your public links. Combine the two, and you have a very effective and elegant solution to your read-later problems!



Curating The Web


What do you do when you come across a really cool website/blog/video ? Your first reaction is probably to share it on Twitter or Facebook, but then what? It gets lost in the din of tweets and status updates, and since Twitter only archives 800 of your most recent tweets, it's probably lost forever. When you need to revisit that site, you're left hopelessly trying to nudge Google with a few keywords in that general direction.

Browser bookmarks were the answer to this problem until a few years ago, when nearly all of our web browsing took place on one device. Heck, even if most of your browsing takes place on desktop computers, you're in luck, since nearly all major web broswers are cross platform and let you synchronise your bookmarks and settings across different instances. But what do you do when your web browsing is spread across desktops and (different) mobile platforms? With the internet growing in size every single day, the ability to create a manage a list of curated or 'bookmarked' web pages, along with the ability to quickly and painlessley retrieve the exact page you're looking for is becoming really important.



Wallpapers

I'm quite extremely particular about my desktop/phone wallpaper, and I've got a large collection of wallpaper images organized by type, source, light/dark content and yes, cross referenced (using symlinks). I typically change the wallpaper every few days, even though the only time I ever look at it is immediately after I've logged in. I don't know why, but having a good desktop background is really important; having a less-than satisfactory one really irritates me.

Here are some sources of really great, high quality (and usually free) wallpapers on the internet :

1. Smashing Magazine (updated on the first of every month)
2. Lifehacker's Wallpaper Wednesday (updated every week)
3. Inkdryer (updated daily)

Lifehacker's Featured Desktop/Homescreen (which updates every Tuesday or so) also feature some really nice ones, so take a look at those if your desktop is in need of a visual overhaul.

While we're on the subject, here's my current home screen setup: