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Last week we wanted to know how big (or small?) is your main computer monitor How Big Is Your Main Computer Monitor? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Big Is Your Main Computer Monitor? [MakeUseOf Poll] Big or small, we all use some kind of monitor in our everyday lives. So how big is your main computer monitor? Read More is. With laptops becoming more and more abundant, you’d think smaller monitor sizes would become more popular. But is that really the case?

Out of 776 votes in total, these are the final results: 0.5% use a 10″-11″ monitor, 3% use a 12″-13″ monitor, 8% use a 14″-15″ monitor, another 8% use a monitor that’s over 30″ (wow!), 10% use a 16″-19″ monitor, 18.5% use a 25″-30″ monitor, and a full 51% of the voters use a 20″-24″ monitor. That’s some consensus!

In addition to this, 1% of the voters say their main monitor is a tablet or a smartphone.


Comment Of The Week

The winner of best comment this week forgot to tell us what size his/her monitor is, which is a shame, but we did learn about the pros and cons of moving to a much bigger monitor. The winner of best comment is EM! Congratulations!

I bought a Samsung T27C350 last week because my old monitor died after seven or eight years. I’m quite happy with it although I had to fiddle with the image settings somewhat. I knew that I’d try to get the biggest monitor size that was reasonable to afford, as my eyesight isn’t good, and I want to avoid it getting even worse. My last screen was 22 inches; it took me a day to adjust to the larger screen size, but now I don’t really notice it unless I’m doing something where the larger amount of space is very noticeable.

Additionally, on this screen I can work in several programs side by side very comfortably, for example by reading a pdf on one side and making notes on the other, or by having a video window open while doing something that doesn’t require any real concentration. The few days without a PC screen, I used a netbook or my smartphone, and while both are adequate for doing the things they’re intended for, I could not spend any significant time on a screen like that.

I couldn’t use this or any monitor without running f.lux; anyone who experiences eyestrain using a screen at night or has difficulty sleeping after being on the computer late really should look it up.

The TV function is nice too. I hadn’t been using my old TV at all any more, so I got rid of it some time ago, as it really only took up space. Now I can watch an impressive amount of cable channels without needing to have a clunky device standing around. While I’m sure I won’t suddenly watch TV all day, there is the occasional program that interests me, which I no longer have to rely on bad-quality web streams for. And watching DVDs on this screen (via the computer, although I could even attach a DVD player if I wanted) is really better than it ever was on my old CRT TV.

Which RSS Reader Are You Using?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

It’s been almost a year since the devastating demise of Google Reader. In the aftermath of its death, there was a mad scramble from users to find alternatives, and an even madder scramble from companies to create those alternatives for us. About a month before Google Reader was gone for good, we asked you which alternative you chose Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader? [MakeUseOf Poll] Last week we asked you whether you use two-step verification, and if so, on which accounts. While each of the options got a respectable number of votes, turns out that the vast majority of MakeUseOf... Read More , and the clear winner was Feedly. Much has changed since that time, and now that the dust has settled, it’s time to find out what you’ve all settled on. Which reader do you use for your RSS feeds?


Naturally, not all options are included in the poll. Don’t see your favorite reader? Vote for “other” and hit the comments to tell us all about it. Even if you do see your reader on the list, make sure to tell us what makes it the best for you!

  1. Stu Robinson
    May 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Inoreader. I really like the features and look on both web and moble (Android)

  2. Arjan Muthert
    May 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

    selfoss reader

  3. arne151
    May 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I love to use Quiterss, as a matter of fact, i am using it's integrated browser to write this comment!

    May 22, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Undoubtedly: INOREADER, the best (I have tried the others - even Feedly is not that good.

  5. Marie
    May 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Netvibes as a great alternative

  6. f
    May 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Tiny Tiny RSS on my webhosting. Acts like the old GReader :)

  7. Jean-Francois Messier
    May 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    For this RSS reading, with the number of feeds that I read, but especially for the number of locations where I read such feeds, my only solution, until it disappeared was Google Reader. It was the only solution that would keep a pointer of the last read article so I can catch-up st home on at lunch time from work. Locally installed solutions were not an option to me, as I use four different devices to read my news. There were other solutions that were web-based, but in the end, I found easier to setup my own TT-RSS reader service on my web provider. It has all functions that I need and more, and can host all feeds that I want, not those selected by some other service. Because there are local RSS feeds that are not in those other services, back when Google Reader died, my only solution was to have my own RSS server. I guess today those services could have custom RSS feeds, but I`ve been using TT-RSS for a while and am happy of its performances. And I get no ads, simple interface, lots of article headlines in a single page, no time wasted downloading picture, just the headlines. With several hundreds headlines per weekday, this makes a difference.

  8. Anonymous
    May 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I am using INOREADER.

  9. Codewyn
    May 20, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Using ReadKit for Mac. Very simply, quick, and a host of connectivity options (including Feedbin, which is my primary remote source for RSS).

  10. Michael
    May 20, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Inoreader +1

  11. Dragos B
    May 20, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Inoreader rules!

  12. Bob Myers
    May 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    After the desertion of Google's Reader I decided I didn't want to go through the process of setting up another reader when the owners of Feedly decide to quit. RSS Readers give you some automtic filtereing which saves ome time. Whn you have to replace your reader, it a new larning procfes on how the new reader works. I had some awkwrd, make shift, filtering Google searches before RSS. Luckily I found it on an old back up. It still klunks along as it did before RSS. I won't have to larn a new reader again. Something about Once burned, twice shy, twice burned, for get aboud dit!

  13. Todd S
    May 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm


  14. drahcir
    May 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I use Blogtrottr for my RSS. The good thing about using this is I can get my feeds directly into my email inbox

  15. Sarath
    May 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Earlier: Google Reader.
    Now: Netvibes.
    In-between: Many !

  16. Guark
    May 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm


  17. Mary Brady
    May 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I use Good Noows. Slight learning curve, but polished, professional & customizable. Glanced down at search page on my smaller monitor -- Good Noows listed as one of TIME magazine's "50 Best Websites 2013."

  18. Graham R
    May 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    along with many others here - its Inoreader for me.
    Stuck with feedly to begin with but never really liked it!

  19. Christoph
    May 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Inoreader. I tried others but they were too limiting in one way or another.

  20. PTmax
    May 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Inoreader! The best!

  21. MF
    May 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    InoReader ... perfect!

  22. Hones
    May 19, 2014 at 8:35 am


  23. Ciprian
    May 19, 2014 at 7:29 am


  24. România
    May 19, 2014 at 7:18 am


  25. kaly
    May 19, 2014 at 7:00 am


  26. Raoul Teeuwen
    May 19, 2014 at 6:07 am


  27. TefZol
    May 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    InoReader - - Makes Google Reader's death a good thing. Just love its unique features.

  28. Saikat B
    May 19, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Reading the responses makes me all the more sure that Google dropped the ball with Google Reader. But then when one is shooting for the moon and the asteroids, a humble reader is peanuts.

    It's still Feedly for me. But will be sure to check out Innoreader.

  29. Ronz
    May 19, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I also use Firefox's built-in RSS Reader, it's faster than most third-party readers !

  30. Mavis
    May 19, 2014 at 2:13 am

    FeedDemon Pro 4.5, easy to use and powerfulO(?_?)O~

  31. Lois
    May 19, 2014 at 1:59 am

    InoReader=pretty good

  32. Jason
    May 19, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Tiny Tiny RSS

  33. Petah
    May 19, 2014 at 1:43 am


  34. Alexander
    May 19, 2014 at 1:35 am


  35. Ray
    May 19, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Inoreader, best i've found so far to replace the old Google Reader

  36. Billo
    May 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Tiny Tiny RSS

  37. Anonymous
    May 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm


  38. rd
    May 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm


  39. Anita
    May 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Other - Quietrss - program on Linux

  40. Jeremy G
    May 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I've been using Feedly for years. I've tried a bunch of others in the meantime, but keep coming back, mostly because of the cross-device/browser functionality.
    Reading through the feedback here, it looks like my next diversion is InoReader.

  41. Jamie
    May 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    gReader Pro on phone and tablet.

    I use Feedly to collate/edit feeds. Very occasionally to read too, but mainly read on mobile devices. gReader syncs and makes articles available offline. It gives the option to view feeds in different ways - full, web view, simplified with/without images - and each site can be customised individually.

    It's been around for years and I've been using it for years but even the likes of Press haven't managed to coax me away.

    Oh, and it does Podcasts too (Pro)!

  42. Al Bunz
    May 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm


  43. Dun
    May 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    InoReader... simply the best

  44. jay
    May 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    one more for inoreader!

  45. havrancek
    May 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    other: rssowl
    old app, shame it´s not updated, still looking for a good win desktop app (quiteRss, FeedDemon are very nice, but still missing some things)

  46. likefunbutnot
    May 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    All of my RSS usage is programmatic and handled by PHP libraries.

  47. M
    May 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I still use the built-in windows mail reader. I'm a sucker for multiuse anythings, and windows live mail is like a (sad, tiny) swiss-army knife off stuff.

  48. Hildy J
    May 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I use Reedah. It's minimalist. You can use their web interface to read in any browser or link reader apps to their database (which I haven't tried). You can sign up with any email address - no need to link to another account. It's got your basic search, sort, and display options. And it's free.

  49. Doess
    May 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Feedly with Nextgen Reader for my Windows 8 tablet and Windows Phone. On my desktop I use QuiteRSS.

  50. John
    May 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I use News Worm. Simple and good program for Windows.

  51. DanielT
    May 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm


  52. Guden666
    May 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm


  53. Guden666
    May 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm


  54. somerled
    May 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm


  55. Jerry
    May 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm


  56. Brian H
    May 18, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I've been using the RSS function in Outlook for years. I get my email and the latest feed updates at the same time. I have never found a need to try anything else.

  57. Noëlle
    May 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I set my RSS feeds to my Gmail through IFTTT.
    To make it more comfortable in my e-mail I send to and I have a filter in Gmail which filters everything from the +RSS - address so I don't get an overly messy inbox...

  58. ShevAbam
    May 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    InoReader !

  59. Marjolein Hoekstra
    May 18, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    It's so easy to like InoReader: it's not only fast and versatile, but also lets you reorganize folders and feeds in an intuitive way. There's a fine eye for detail in every aspect of this tool. If you like, you can build custom RSS feeds from your categorized folders and from search queries. You can then use those feeds with any other web service that supports RSS. You can also configure email notification rules based on keyword filters. The beta version of InoReader lets you test-drive the latest features, which are often the direct result of interaction with the InoReader user community.
    I sincerely give InoReader and its development team my highest marks for a top-notch RSS reading service. Highly recommended.

  60. Duncan
    May 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I use gReader, and am considering upgrading to Pro for the podcasts and widgets. The new feature for reading articles offline is great, and works very well considering it is in beta.

  61. Justin
    May 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    It would be nice to have a link to these various readers. I use several and still like to check out anything new and recommended.

  62. Alan W
    May 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Started with Feedly, did the rounds of trying a lot of different readers then ended up back with Feedly.

  63. Mohammed M
    May 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm
  64. Joanna
    May 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    FeedDemon on my desktop, Sparse RSS on my phone. But I still haven't found one I'm completely happy with. I really don't want anything more than a list of sources in one column and expandable article titles in the other. I don't need tagging, sorting, or social media, although I realize Google Reader had some of those things too. I certainly don't want that god-awful magazine layout. I loved that Reader updated continuously, the instant the sources updated. I haven't found one yet that does that with a layout format that I can tolerate.

  65. TeX
    May 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    InoReader. The improvements that have been made far exceeds any other reader out there.

  66. Anonymous
    May 18, 2014 at 5:25 pm


  67. Joe
    May 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    InoReader. Simple and easy to use. I also use it on my tablet.

  68. Charlotte Bouckaert
    May 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Inoreader -- better than feedly

  69. Cassandra
    May 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I use the Feedly app for my tablet as my rss feeder, it's simple, and easy. Although I know the app is not the best, but I'm wayyy too lazy to bother to use anything else. I can also find other feeds with in the app.

  70. Jimbo
    May 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Tried them all. scores the highest. Beautifully crafted and thought out. Comments too.

  71. ehamon
    May 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    inoreader.What else?

  72. Jonas
    May 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Tiny Tiny RSS, it does everything I need plus its open source and self hosted so there is no risk of a shutdown except that development might stop.

  73. Josh G
    May 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm


  74. Rassi
    May 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm


  75. Bam
    May 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Using Feedly web on the desktop, but access it via GReader on Android tablet because they still haven't fixed their client for high res displays (only uses 1024x768 of 2048x1536) which is a shame..

  76. Dmitriy T
    May 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Feedly via GReader (Android) - my friend told me Feedly at the end of GoogleReader time and given that i've been GReader user for some time it was logically sound transition (GReader team announced that they'll support Feedly so it's kinda given)

  77. Harshit J
    May 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I use the RSS reader which is directly built in Firefox Bookmarks bar.

  78. John C
    May 18, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Feedly, for quite some time. But, I'm always looking for better alternatives.

  79. ChillyCurve
    May 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Liferea- I have used it for a while now, even before Google reader went away. I like it because it is open source and works on Linux. Unfortunately it only works on Linux, which is fine with me but maybe not everybody.

  80. Lee
    May 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I use Feedly, but I have found that since I started getting active on Reddit, I don't use RSS as much as I used to. I subscribe to technology-related subreddits, such as /r/Android and /r/tech, so I usually see big news before I go to my RSS reader.

    That being said, I do still use RSS, and that's how I found this article actually.

  81. elebego
    May 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I also use inoreader

  82. Aidan Harris
    May 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I use Fever (FeedAFever) which is essentially a DIY RSS service. You install it on your own server and can read your feeds via a web browser or through a seperate app / program via the Fever API. I use Reeder on my MacBook which is currently in beta (I’m currently typing this comment from Reeder) and Reeder on my iPhone and iPad. When I don’t have my iPhone, iPad, or MacBook at hand I’ll get my RSS fix via Fevers web client…

  83. Al S
    May 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    InoReader. Can be used on multiple computers and syncs nicely across platforms.

  84. David
    May 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    NetNewsWire 4.0. Just as I dislike browser-based email, I dislike browser-based RSS and prefer desktop programs.

  85. Bill
    May 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Feedbin here.

  86. Vladimir Shabanov
    May 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    BazQux Reader.

    Good to see that both previous year leaders Feedly and The Old Reader are losing their market share. It makes RSS readers market more diversified.

  87. Niefer
    May 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Inoreader =

  88. Sean
    May 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I use FeedDemon. Development has stopped but I can't find the will to leave it behind.

  89. Himoverthere
    May 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Sage 1.5.2

  90. Sylvio Haas
    May 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    QuiteRSS, simple and absolutely great!

  91. Richard
    May 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Other: QuiteRSS

  92. Paul R
    May 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm


    Great minimalist UI (like Google Reader, although it is prettier to look at). Does exactly what I want it to do, no glitches. Keeps stats on each feed, so I can quickly see if I haven't gotten an article from them in a while (indicating a change in the address). They also have a support forum where their devs participate.

    Absolutely love it.

  93. Anomaly
    May 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Another vote here for Inoreader. I'm actually glad Google Reader was shut down because it opened up the opportunity for other readers to come along and Inoreader is far better than Google Reader ever was. Screw you Google.

    • Blasphemer
      May 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Couldn't agree more about Google Reader going down.

    • Blasphemer
      May 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I'm using Feedly. I see people listing InoReader. Has anyone used both? The only issue I have with Feedly is not being able to organize feeds inside of a folder.

    • SA
      May 19, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Only problem that these new generation feed readers have is that they don't have a good search functioni compared to Google Reader, which used to dig up posts even before the time I subsribed to a feed.

      Any luck on the search field with these new feed readers?

    • Dianne
      May 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      News blur just came out with a full search like googles across all the feeds! I now can't live without my newblur

  94. miaousse
    May 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm


  95. daniel999
    May 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Ino reader.

  96. Anna
    May 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm


  97. Miro Costa
    May 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    The best. Fast, lightweight and with nice UI.

  98. Burl H
    May 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Nothing compares to Inoreader, IMO. Never had a single issue with it. On Android mobile, gReader Pro is fantastic, in a league of it's own.

  99. John
    May 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    QuiteRSS, light, simple and open source

  100. dot
    May 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    InoReader. Light and simple.

  101. Anton
    May 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    TTRSS with News+ on droids

  102. Jason
    May 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    beta.inoreader is my RSS reader.

  103. Franco
    May 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I use feedly (the chrome ext.) in my Desktop Windows 8 PC, Feedly in my iPhone and iPad and NextGen reader in my Windows8 Tablet. All synced by feedly.

  104. bobC
    May 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm


  105. Michael Rhodes
    May 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Started using NewsBlur after the eof of the Google reader and haven't looked back at all. NewsBlur is easy to use and I'm very happy with it. The iOS app works quite well on my iPad air. With NewsBlur I feel like I'm being exposed to a good basic newsreader that isn't intrusive or tries to be more than what it is. There's constant updates and improvements that just makes this the best, simplest and nicest looking newsreader I've used.

  106. Scott
    May 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Inoreader is by far and away the best RSS reader, even more customizable that GR.

  107. Dorian
    May 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm


  108. az
    May 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Inoreader - excellent

    • Sa J
      May 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      I'm also using Inoreader! I just found out about it today. It has a lot of options for customization.

    • Telma T
      May 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      I love Inoreader!

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