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Switched from Pocket to Instapaper

I was a user of Pocket, in fact one of the top 5% users until recently when I decided to switch to Instapaper. Why? you ask, I had several reasons and I'm going to talk about them. First reason, the sole job of a Read It Later app is to parse the webpage and present it nicely when asked for and stay out of the way. Pocket's parser is not the best especially when the page contains source code. Sometimes it would entirely remove the code or parse it as normal text removing all the formatting. This defects the sole purpose of Pocket. Second reason, the free version of Pocket lacks full-text search which basically means I cannot search 500+ saved articles. Now, offcourse one can pay the 4.99$/month price to get that feature but I never wanted to pay because of the first reason. This really bugged me in past few days since I wanted to search something and tried to go through the list of articles saved but couldn't find it. So, I finally decided to switch.

I tried looking for …

Miniflux

On one of my explorations for Selfhosted software, I came across Miniflux. It is a very minimal feed reader web application. On little research I found out that it is a Golang rewrite of Miniflux v1 originally written in PHP. I have a sweet spot for Golang software specially web applications. Setting them up is really just a matter of installing binary and setting up a system service. I decided to give it a try so I went on the website and turns out the developers provide a hosted solution for just $15/year with a 15-day trial.

I registered on the hosted version to try it out. I really liked the minimal interface and utilitarian appearance which gets out of the way. It also comes with built-in integration with a lot of Read It Later services including Pocket, Instapaper and Wallabag.

After making my mind I decided to install it on the server. It needs PostgreSQL so I installed it from Debian repository and followed the installation guide. After setting it up, I created a sub-domain…

Rebels

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Rob Siltanen

Nature...

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” ― Richard P. Feynman

Memories

Memories, however vivid, are often more of a reconstruction than people like to believe. — Marc Rayman Source: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/blog/2018/11/dear-dawntasmagorias

Importance of Life

We have to serve everyone, not just humans, but animals, ants, birds, beasts, reptiles, the fish of the water, the birds in the air, — every single thing. Why? Because we understand that life is precious and wherever there is life that's actually a part and parcel of God.