How to Read Google Reader RSS Feed Offline
Posted on 12th May, 2008
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 😉
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 next to the Settings link in the upper right of the page to download the most recent articles.
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.