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How to Read Google Reader RSS Feed Offline

May 12, 2008 by  

Working from Coffee Bean isn’t fun for me when there’s too much distractions. I guess the real issue is not so much about the distractions but rather the surroundings which I feel isn’t conducive to my productivity. Probably it’s just me because I am used to working at my own place without having some waitress serving coffee everywhere.

I guess that’s what you would come to expect when you’ve been working online for yourself for quite sometime but it’s no big deal ;)

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Anyway, now I like to bring my laptop with me when I travel in case something needs my immediate attention online; from server issues to Google AdWords alerts. It’s hard to imagine leaving without it nowdays since I got my hands on that new laptop.

When I travel back to my kampung, one thing that I hope I could have is a decent Internet connection. Using dial up Internet is an option but the signal is pretty unreliable with our CDMA based telephone.

Mobile phone signal coverage is patchy at best, so wireless Internet access via GPRS or 3G is out of the question, at least for the time being. Yes that’s how remote my Kampung is but it’s not to the point that it’s not inaccessible by road.

I can’t be as productive as I want to be without the Internet obviously. Often the time is spent catching up reading my RSS feed and there’s a feature in Google Reader that allows you to save your feed content for offline reading. To get started just install this Firefox plugin from Google Gears.

From then on, whenever you visit Google Reader, simply click the green online icon green_arrow_down.gif next to the Settings link in the upper right of the page to download the most recent articles.

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While some elements such as videos and images are not available in the offline mode, your feed content will be saved into your hard drive and it will be viewable when you visit Google Reader offline. Every article you read during that session will be marked as read, and any tags you’ve applied will also be saved, for when you go back online.

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Comment by Jaswinder Virdee
2008-05-13 00:41:37

Anybody know how to do this automatically without pressing th button?

Comment by StuckS
2008-06-04 16:33:09

if you want to automatically prefetch rss for offline reading, FeedDemon have that feature..

 
 
Comment by Az-1 Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-13 13:54:13

Hi,

What if we use Mozilla Thunderbird or any email&rss receiver to download Google Reader RSS Feed Online, I think this should be better.

I using thunderbird portable to read all RSS Feed that I download via thunderbird.

If anyone know other way tp read google reader RSS Feed by offline, I really want to know more about that.

Thanks.

Az-1

Comment by Noorizam Shah
2008-05-30 19:14:15

i still dont know.. how to activate and use a mozilla thunderbird. maybe somebody can write a post how to using mozilla thunderbird and setup from a personal laptop.

 
 
Comment by catzer
2008-05-13 17:27:05

Wow, that more easier especially when we traveling a lot and got no internet connection. Last month i went to Sabah and the bad thing happen when no internet connection at the hotel, so i went to starbuck and downloading all the rss feed. :D

Comment by Gaman
2008-05-16 20:15:35

Last time I went to Starbucks, their connection speed was horrible. Probably someone was using it for torrent download.

 
 
Comment by mrbadak Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-15 01:29:20

wah pg wisma tidak cari sia aahhhh kekekeke – sia mau pigang2 laptop baru ko tu :P

Comment by Gaman
2008-05-16 20:17:50

bah set nanti sia contact ko hehe

 
 
Comment by Felex Tan
2008-05-15 10:48:10

I agree with that.i do not feel comfortable when i was at starbucks doing my stuff,perhaps it is not my house.If reading or casual net surfing at Starbucks are alright but not working.

Comment by David Cheong Subscribed to comments via email
2008-06-12 03:33:49

If have time, i would prefer hang out at the Genting’s Coffee Bean. :) Cooling outside sitting, while reading not working at the Coffee Bean.

 
 
Comment by Sazkul
2008-05-15 14:36:29

Yeah..the best place is at home. But it will be great too if we can access internet at the ‘taman bunga’…

Comment by Gaman
2008-05-16 20:27:08

We should be able to do that that when WiMAX is fully implemented. Can’t wait

 
 
Comment by Xander Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-15 16:32:35

There are pros and cons doing work at a cafe’ or anywhere besides office or home. Some cafes’ have good snack food you could get anytime without having to move your butt to the kitchen.
But then again you pay a price(a hefty price) for a ‘small’ portion of it. And there’s the ‘view’ of people or things around you. Short breaks are cool…:)

 
Comment by Xander Subscribed to comments via email
2008-05-15 16:36:38

hmm..access from ‘taman bunga’..I’d probably work ‘outdoors’ more than I do home if its the case..Awesome..

 
Comment by Ralph
2008-05-16 17:40:17

Wow that’s very interesting!! Now I can also read the feeds I am subscribed to wherever I am

 
Comment by MYBlog
2008-05-18 09:22:25

i always brng with me laptop

 
Comment by Neo
2008-05-30 12:38:02

Let’s say we want to comment on a blog post on the feed, can that be done offline and then submit when we get a connection?

 
Comment by Kay Kastum Subscribed to comments via email
2008-06-10 23:08:46

Happy belated Kaamatan boss. Lama kau punya ‘excursion’ ni kan?

Comment by Gaman
2008-06-11 11:51:02

Alala nanti sia pos bisuk.

Update: Sorry to keep you waiting. Unfortunately I can’t do it today but soon. Promise ;)

 
 
Comment by Rice Blogger
2008-06-12 10:22:08

I have download it before…but when i lost internet connection..i can’t get into reader.google.com

 
Comment by Bingkay
2008-06-13 19:45:25

I’d like to try that Google Reader RSS Feed. I definitely need it.

 
Comment by AhTim
2008-06-18 18:09:58

Google Gear defenitely fulfill your need to read feeds offline.

–blog for dream–

 
Comment by Yourmusic
2008-06-24 21:34:26

Reed RSS news from Google it very important!

 
Comment by Halim-Belajar SEO
2008-07-06 23:37:11

I didn’t realize that Google Reader rss feed can be download for offline reading. I’ll try to use it because I had similar problem when working at non internet connection.

 
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