Feeds

back to article Google Reader replacement 'Old Reader' crashes

The Darwinian derby to determine which RSS-reading service would replace Google Reader as the world's dominant feed-wrangler may just have produced its first extinction event, after theoldreader.com choked on its recently-enlarged database and crashed. The Old Reader's schtick is that it looks and behaves pretty much exactly …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.
Silver badge

Now you know why I don't use SSDs for storage.

1
0
WTF?

same here

Exactly. Ssd's are fine for reads but I wouldn't trust them for storing data. Caches maybe but the database?

The closest I have for a ssd is where my homemade nas boots from a USB flash drive. It works & I can restore quickly if it fails. Main storage still traditional disk's & raid 5.

0
0
Bronze badge

Re: same here

Too right, HDDs never fail

3
1
Anonymous Coward

Re: same here

Fine for read...oddlly that's what 99% of a websites dataflow tends to be.

Ok made the figure up, but you get the point.

1
0
Bronze badge
Go

If you lose three new SSDs at the same time, then you got a bad batch, and that happens with disks as well.

Plus, when an SSD is cheaper, faster, and higher capacity than an enterprise disk, it's pretty hard to justify the spinning rust, and they're already at that point.

0
2
g e
Silver badge
Holmes

Data Management 101

COPY, don't MOVE.

2
0
Bronze badge

Re: Data Management 101

Backup, Backup, Backup

0
0
FAIL

Re: Data Management 101

Copying rather than moving is fine, but in this case the drives themselves went to crap, so either method would have ended up with the same result.

The main difference here is that it's easy to retrieve data with existing equipment or ressurect an old HDD with a board transplant, but with an SSD you're rather more buggered. You MAY somehow be able to read the flash if it's only the controller that's farked, with careful place ent of probes and an external controller. Good luck replacing any BGA chips though. Always back up an SSD to an HDD, otherwise things are going to be very, very expensive, very quickly...

I'll stick to my good old spinning rust for now, I think...

1
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Data Management 101

"Backup, Backup, Backup"

And, at least occasionally, restore. As per the relatively recent article not a million miles from here whose author and title and date I can't remember (I need an internal restore).

0
0

InoReader

I tried Old Reader for a while, decided it wasn't for me, so I moved to InoReader. Brilliant replacement for GR.

0
0
Silver badge

over a terabyte

Hmmm. Seems a very small amount of data. Wonder if it was a type on the release.

Of the readers I tested, none are as good as GR. Includes Feedly, Firefox Sage, Firefox live bookmarks, The Old Reader, Digg reader, even OwnCloud. It's not just useability, there are problems with missing articles and slow updates too. But they are getting better (apart form OR)

0
0
Bronze badge

Re: over a terabyte

"Hmmm. Seems a very small amount of data. Wonder if it was a type on the release."

How much data were you expecting?

I know the world and his dog keeps bleating on about "big data" but for the majority of companies a Terabyte of database data is actually quite a lot of data

Given that they only have 375k users that still equates to 2 -3 mb per user or approx 8000 rows of uncompressed data

1
0
Bronze badge

Slick RSS is...

...the best alternative I've found so far. Yeah it is a Chrome extension, so not for everyone.

0
0
Bronze badge

Ye Olde Titsup

Yeah, been locked away from my feeds since yesterday.

Most effusive thanks, TheOldReader!

Though to be fair, it's my own fault for not keeping the export XML file somewhere safe.

Oh well, wait a few days for the thing to come back online and move to Thunderbird it is.

0
0
Bronze badge

Re: Ye Olde Titsup

I think you can still get at your old GR data for quite a while yet, so just go re-export it.

0
0
Bronze badge
Mushroom

Re: Ye Olde Titsup

I think you can still get at your old GR data for quite a while yet, so just go re-export it.

Actually, no – Google already deleted my Reader data, or at least de-listed it from Takeout.

Well, damn.

0
0
Bronze badge
Thumb Up

I'm now running Tiny Tiny RSS on an inhouse Ubuntu server, I own the data, it has an Android app and a Chrome extension - but it's my service. For any Ubuntu users out there - there is now a PPA for it (but I installed it manually) - I don't need to worry about this service going belly-up or being discontinued.

0
0

Disappointed

"The Old Reader's site is now displaying apologies, cat photos and a promise that a fix “will probably take a day or two”."

I can't find the cat photos.

1
0

This post has been deleted by a moderator

Gold badge
Unhappy

For the really paranoid, back up to tape.

Anyone want to have a go at dismantling a flash drive and probing the chips?

Anyone know where to start?

0
0

Vibes

I gave up on OldReader when I tried importing my Google Reader feed list over and it took almost 2 days to process it and tell me it was now working...

But I did find NetVibes, which has been stable (so far!) and in reader mode is uncomplicated.

0
0
Silver badge

Readers

Hello El Reg how about a proper review of RSS readers, like the ones named above.

0
0

Wait for OldReader

I recommend that you wait for few days on OldReader. I have been using both OldReader and SilverReader for several weeks.

Now I will only use silverreader.com for few days. SilverReader is similar to OldReader but little faster.

Still I will also wait for OldReader for come back.

0
0
Coat

I'll take my feeds and change the service. The OldReader is coming back - good and good luck, but!!! Users are not volleyball balls to be passen by from here to there and back. Any devs team enthusiastic or professional must remember - people rely and depend on their service/product.

Ofering service for hundreds of thousands you cannot say today "Oops, we are tired, we are in depression and we close" and ask for forgivnes the very next day.

Try to solve the problem. if it's impossible than explain it to users.

I've recently tried http://feedreader.com/online/ and I'm going to come back to it. Not brilliant but decent enough.

0
0
This topic is closed for new posts.