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Recommended RSS Feeds / Readers?

Inspired by this post, I was wondering what RSS feeds you all subscribe to and how you read them.

Here are mine:
http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/topNews
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/feeds/rss/headlines
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/feeds/rss/world
http://feeds.nature.com/nature/rss/current

I'm just started using Newsboat, a CLI RSS reader, to read in a few feeds (Reuters was one of them :( ) and it's pretty refreshing to get a text-based newsfeed with no distraction. Though, the feeds I'm subscribed to only give me a brief blurb of the news...

25 comments

  1. [13]
    smores
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    I use a self-hosted tiny tiny RSS instance as my backend, but I built a custom progressive web app frontend (Lilliputian) because TTRSS is all but unusable on mobile, and I wanted something that I...

    I use a self-hosted tiny tiny RSS instance as my backend, but I built a custom progressive web app frontend (Lilliputian) because TTRSS is all but unusable on mobile, and I wanted something that I could read on the subway (which... I don't use anymore because I don't live in NYC anymore!).

    I've got a big long list with a couple different categories:

    News
    https://theatlantic.com/feed/best-of/
    http://feeds.arstechnica.com/arstechnica/index/
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/feed/
    https://rss.nytimes.com/services/xml/rss/nyt/HomePage.xml
    http://feeds.reuters.com/reuters/TopNews/ <-- :( :( :(
    https://theconversation.com/global/articles.atom

    Technology
    https://overreacted.io/rss.xml
    https://eev.ee/feeds/atom.xml
    https://krebsonsecurity.com/feed/
    https://dev.to/feed/richharris
    https://robinrendle.com/feed.xml
    https://www.schneier.com/blog/atom.xml
    https://medium.com/feed/airbnb-engineering
    https://codeascraft.com/feed/
    https://css-tricks.com/feed/
    https://davidwalsh.name/feed/atom
    https://ethanmarcotte.com/wrote/feed.xml
    https://medium.com/feed/netflix-techblog
    https://open.nytimes.com/feed

    Music
    http://www.brooklynvegan.com/category/music/feed/
    https://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1039
    https://pitchfork.com/rss/news/

    Local
    I also subscribe to all of my local newspapers' RSS feeds (I can never remember how much detail I've already posted about where I live, but if I posted these, it would be pretty apparent!)

    13 votes
    1. Wes
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      I used to run Tiny Tiny RSS before I corrupted my database and gave up on it. Anyway, I used Press on Android and it integrated really well. Of course, your hand-coded solution is way cooler.

      I used to run Tiny Tiny RSS before I corrupted my database and gave up on it. Anyway, I used Press on Android and it integrated really well.

      Of course, your hand-coded solution is way cooler.

      3 votes
    2. [2]
      ohyran
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      Hmmm ok so I am fascinated by local news, specifically smaller towns. I mean totally understand you don't want to post the link (privacy is a thing) - but isn't local news the best? Its news that...

      Hmmm ok so I am fascinated by local news, specifically smaller towns. I mean totally understand you don't want to post the link (privacy is a thing) - but isn't local news the best? Its news that centre around minutiae, human life and a closeness to the subject. Where big world wide events gets a glancing blow, since others cover it more extensively - but tiny town things are handed the big headlines.

      3 votes
      1. smores
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        Yes! Absolutely. We have three papers in our [small] city, and they’re excellent. I feel so tied in to what’s going on in the city. And there are some really great nuggets, like one of the papers...

        Yes! Absolutely. We have three papers in our [small] city, and they’re excellent. I feel so tied in to what’s going on in the city. And there are some really great nuggets, like one of the papers has their Housing & Development contributing author write a weekly weather report every Sunday because... I guess he’s just a huge meteorology nerd? And it’s so passionate and nerdy, I can’t stop reading it!

        3 votes
    3. [9]
      Eabryt
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      I know this is a few days later, sorry. I really like the look of your PWA and I'm trying to figure out how to deploy it without any luck. I installed and am running TTRSS in Docker following...

      I know this is a few days later, sorry. I really like the look of your PWA and I'm trying to figure out how to deploy it without any luck. I installed and am running TTRSS in Docker following these instructions.

      I skipped the CORS support for now since I can't find ttrss/config.php, but I'm also running in to issues when I try to serve the instance. Running yarn global add serve tells me

      success Installed "serve@11.3.2" with binaries:
            - serve
      Done in 0.64s.
      

      But then of course when I run serve -s build -p 8114 I get

      No command 'serve' found, did you mean:
       Command 'pserve' from package 'python-pyramid' (universe)
       Command 'server' from package 'rsplib-legacy-wrappers' (universe)
      serve: command not found
      

      Do you have any thoughts?

      3 votes
      1. [8]
        Bauke
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        Do you have the Yarn global bin directory added to your PATH? You can see here how to do it. Depending on your Yarn version and where you need serve, you might also be able to just add serve...

        Do you have the Yarn global bin directory added to your PATH? You can see here how to do it.

        Depending on your Yarn version and where you need serve, you might also be able to just add serve locally (yarn add serve) and then run yarn serve ....

        3 votes
        1. [7]
          Eabryt
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          Oh cool, that seems to have at least sort of fixed the problem, it at least seems to be getting served now. Looks like it's time to look in to the best way to "serve it" in the background and...

          Oh cool, that seems to have at least sort of fixed the problem, it at least seems to be getting served now. Looks like it's time to look in to the best way to "serve it" in the background and probably add the CORS stuff.

          Thank you.

          2 votes
          1. [6]
            smores
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            It looks like that Docker Setup actually uses Caddy for the web server, so I think the easiest thing to do would be to add the CORS header to the Caddyfile in src/web/. Try adding these lines to...

            It looks like that Docker Setup actually uses Caddy for the web server, so I think the easiest thing to do would be to add the CORS header to the Caddyfile in src/web/. Try adding these lines to that Caddyfile, replacing lilliputian.example.com with whatever domain you’re serving Lilliputian from:

            cors /api https://lilliputian.example.com
            header /api Access-Control-Allow-Methods POST, OPTIONS
            header /api Access-Control-Allow-Headers Content-Type
            

            Side note: sorry this is such a pain to get set up! I’m gonna see if I can extend that Docker setup to include Lilliputian.

            2 votes
            1. [5]
              Eabryt
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              No worries, I appreciate the help. Does lilliputian need to be running in the same docker container as TTRSS, or should it be able to access the Caddy server form outside.

              No worries, I appreciate the help.

              Does lilliputian need to be running in the same docker container as TTRSS, or should it be able to access the Caddy server form outside.

              1 vote
              1. [4]
                smores
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                Sooooo good question. It looks like by default, that docker-compose setup will expose the caddy server on http://localhost:8280. If you serve Lilliputian from the same machine, you should be able...

                Sooooo good question. It looks like by default, that docker-compose setup will expose the caddy server on http://localhost:8280. If you serve Lilliputian from the same machine, you should be able to set REACT_APP_TTRSS_ENDPOINT=http://localhost:8280 in your .env file in Lilliputian and have everything working.

                Were you thinking that you would just serve this on your local network, or are you planning on setting up a domain name so that you can access TTRSS/Lilliputian from the Internet?

                2 votes
                1. [3]
                  Eabryt
                  Link Parent
                  I'm planning (and already have actually) on setting it up to make it available. I can already access TTRSS from the internet. I set my .env file to have...

                  I'm planning (and already have actually) on setting it up to make it available. I can already access TTRSS from the internet.

                  I set my .env file to have REACT_APP_TTRSS_ENDPOINT=http://DOMAIN.COM:8280/tt-rss, which is the same URL listed for SELF_URL_PATH in the .env file of TTRSS

                  1 vote
                  1. [2]
                    smores
                    Link Parent
                    Sweet! Is that working??

                    Sweet! Is that working??

                    2 votes
                    1. Eabryt
                      Link Parent
                      It looks like it should be lilliputian$ serve -s build -p 8114 ERROR: Cannot copy to clipboard: Couldn't find the required `xsel` binary. On Debian/Ubuntu you can install it with: sudo apt install...

                      It looks like it should be

                      lilliputian$ serve -s build -p 8114
                      ERROR: Cannot copy to clipboard: Couldn't find the required `xsel` binary. On Debian/Ubuntu you can install it with: sudo apt install xsel
                      
                         ┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
                         │                                                    │
                         │   Serving!                                         │
                         │                                                    │
                         │   - Local:            http://localhost:8114        │
                         │   - On Your Network:  http://<ip-address>:8114   │
                         │                                                    │
                         └────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘
                      
                      

                      but I can't seem to access it remotely.

                      If I curl localhost I do get

                      curl localhost:8114
                      <!doctype html><html lang="en"><head><meta charset="utf-8"/><link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico"/><meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1,shrink-to-fit=no"/><meta name="theme-color" content="#000000"/><meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes"/><meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="default"/><link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/apple-touch-icon.png"/><link rel="apple-touch-startup-image" sizes="1125x2436" media="(device-width: 375px) and (device-height: 812px)" href="/apple-touch-startup-image.png"/><link rel="manifest" href="/manifest.json"/><title>Lilliputian</title><link href="/static/css/2.bbed6c4e.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet"><link href="/static/css/main.be9cd952.chunk.css" rel="stylesheet"></head><body><noscript>You need to enable JavaScript to run this app.</noscript><div id="root"></div><script src="/static/js/runtime~main.c5541365.js"></script><script src="/static/js/2.289d9eda.chunk.js"></script><script src="/static/js/main.a4bda601.chunk.js"></script></body></html>#
                      

                      Which seems encouraging.

                      1 vote
  2. [3]
    Artemix
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    As reader, I also use Miniflux, as some other commenter stated below. Here's most of my tech-related feeds, almost all of them are personal blogs. 0ut3r Space (http://0ut3r.space/):...

    As reader, I also use Miniflux, as some other commenter stated below.

    Here's most of my tech-related feeds, almost all of them are personal blogs.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      freddy
      Link Parent
      Thank your for sharing, always love these type of posts as it allows me to expand my own blogroll!

      Thank your for sharing, always love these type of posts as it allows me to expand my own blogroll!

      2 votes
      1. Artemix
        Link Parent
        Glad to help you complete it! I had a few other links, but completely tech-unrelated so I didn't include them

        Glad to help you complete it! I had a few other links, but completely tech-unrelated so I didn't include them

        3 votes
  3. freddy
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    I use Miniflux as my reader because I love the simple design. As for the content, I have a blogroll of computer/privacy/security related blogs that I like to read. Hope this helps!

    I use Miniflux as my reader because I love the simple design. As for the content, I have a blogroll of computer/privacy/security related blogs that I like to read. Hope this helps!

    6 votes
  4. daturkel
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    I had a similar thread recently on ~ask though it didn't get too much traction. I'm just going to paste my OP from there, but it's worth checking out the thread to read some of the other...

    I had a similar thread recently on ~ask though it didn't get too much traction. I'm just going to paste my OP from there, but it's worth checking out the thread to read some of the other responses.


    Back in the day I was a hardcore Google Reader (RIP) user, and following that I continued to use https://feedly.com/ for many years, but eventually I found myself falling behind on all my feeds and stopped checking it.

    Recently, I signed for Inoreader and I've started reading more blogs again. It also has the nice feature of letting you subscribe to email newsletters too, which is quite nice since I find them annoying to deal with in my email inbox but convenient in the feed reader.

    [...]

    Blogs:

    Newsletters:

    This is just a slice. I can share my entire list if people are interested. But I'm curious about what feeds others enjoy, on anything from film and furniture to "movie-set" urbanism. What are you reading?

    6 votes
  5. aymm
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    Readers: I've been using Reeder both on macOS and iOS for a while now. NetNewsWire is also excellent, but doesn't support the backend I'm currently using, which is Inoreader Feeds: Mac Stories:...

    Readers: I've been using Reeder both on macOS and iOS for a while now. NetNewsWire is also excellent, but doesn't support the backend I'm currently using, which is Inoreader

    Feeds:

    Plus a bunch of German blogs/news and webcomics

    5 votes
  6. kimyon
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    I use Feedbin. It's an excellent service and I've had no complaints over the years that I've been using it. Its web interface is perfectly fine, which is what I use on desktop. As for mobile, I...

    I use Feedbin. It's an excellent service and I've had no complaints over the years that I've been using it. Its web interface is perfectly fine, which is what I use on desktop. As for mobile, I use Reeder to connect to Feedbin. One of the best features Feedbin has is that every user gets a randomized email, which they can use to sign up to newsletters. Couple of which I'll mention below, as well as several blogs I've been reading over the years.

    Blogs

    • Kottke.org: I doubt this is a strange website to most people here, but for those uninitiated, I can describe this as the aggregator of cool things on the web. It's pretty active, so if you want to keep your RSS feeds quiet, beware.
    • Stumbling and Mumbling: An excellent blog on economics and politics. It can be UK-centric from time to time, but even in articles focused on the UK, you can find generally and globally applicable ideas and ideals.
    • The Enlightened Economist: A great blog to follow the current literature on economics and business.
    • EconLog: Probably the feed that infuriates me the most in my RSS feed. It's a collective blog of a few economics who mostly write from a libertarian (Austrian school) perspective. I disagree with a lot of things here, but I sometimes come across articles that make me question myself, which is why I still follow it.
    • Marginal Revolution: Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok's blog on economics, and things they find interesting. I feel mostly the same about MR as I do about the aforementioned EconLog, but MR has less ideology and more unfiltered information.
    • Branko Milanović: I consider Branko Milanović to be one of the world's foremost experts on global inequality and he certainly has the bibliography to back that up. His commentary on the current state of capitalism, and the history of economics is very valuable to me.
    • Tim Harford: Tim Harford does a great job bringing economics into the mainstream. His blog, just like his books, are very digestible even if you're new to economics.
    • Matt Levine: I think this is the only finance oriented blog I read. I usually can't stand anything related to finance, despite my interest in economics, but Levine makes it both interesting and funny which is quite an achievement.
    • Crooked Timber: A social science blog run by a group of academics, mostly focusing on politics.
    • Monkey Cage: Similar to Crooked Timber, but it's more global, mainstream, and almost exclusively about politics.
    • The Sociological Eye: I discovered Randall Collins' blog during the heightened tensions between North Korea vs. the World and I've been reading it ever since. I find his commentary on the zeitgeist from a sociological perspective valuable.
    • Stratechery: Ben Thompson's blog on technology, business, and other areas that coincides with both. I learned a lot by following his free weekly updates, and listening to his podcast with James Allworth called Exponent.
    • Bruce Schneier: I follow it to keep myself up-to-date about things related to security. It can be updated rather slowly, and the information density can be low from time to time, but it's definitely a worthwhile feed.
    • Krebs on Security: Brian Krebs is an investigative blogger on security and his investigations are often fascinating to read.

    Newsletters

    • BIG by Matt Stoller: A newsletter about monopolies and the adverse affects they (can) have on the economy at large. I don't always agree with Stoller, but he writes with passion and conviction.
    • Reporting by Matt Taibi: Matt Taibi is an investigative reporter and he's always interesting to read. I started reading him after the financial crisis of 2008 and continue to do it ever since.
    5 votes
  7. skybrian
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    I'm subscribed to maybe a hundred feeds using Newblur, but many of them are dormant or broken and I haven't bothered to clean up. These include various journalists, web comics and tech blogs. If I...

    I'm subscribed to maybe a hundred feeds using Newblur, but many of them are dormant or broken and I haven't bothered to clean up. These include various journalists, web comics and tech blogs. If I had to pick three they would be Slate Star Codex, Marginal Revolution, and Matt Levine's newsletter, for unusual points of view and also for the occasional link that I don't see elsewhere.

    4 votes
  8. Bauke
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    Readers: I first really started subscribing to feeds with Feedbro, a browser extension, but a few months ago it broke for me in a really weird way so I decided to stop using it and finally make my...

    Readers: I first really started subscribing to feeds with Feedbro, a browser extension, but a few months ago it broke for me in a really weird way so I decided to stop using it and finally make my own reader (which I had been wanting to do for about a year now), so now I'm using Fed (I've posted about it before on Tildes). Feedbro is great, although it takes a bit to get used to because there is a ridiculous amount of configuration, I would still recommend it to anyone looking to get started with feeds (as long as it isn't broken any more of course :P).

    Feeds:

    4 votes
  9. mrnd
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    I noticed my favorite feed reader wasn't mentioned: Fraidycat. It's a bit different than most other readers: it groups entries by author, so a single feed with a lot if posts doesn't drown out...

    I noticed my favorite feed reader wasn't mentioned: Fraidycat.

    It's a bit different than most other readers: it groups entries by author, so a single feed with a lot if posts doesn't drown out everything else. It also categories feeds by both tag and activity level defined by you, and that makes a lot of sense to me.

    Oh, and it also supports some sites without RSS (Twitter, Instagram for example).

    It definitely clicks with me in a way standard readers never quite did.

    4 votes
  10. Adys
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    Since you're asking for readers as well, I recommend bazqux. https://bazqux.com/ I bought a lifetime subscription when google reader closed and haven't regretted it. The service has always worked...

    Since you're asking for readers as well, I recommend bazqux. https://bazqux.com/

    I bought a lifetime subscription when google reader closed and haven't regretted it. The service has always worked without issues and the UI is clean, simple, works on mobile and no fuss. Given that it's a paid service I don't have to worry about it disappearing from one day to the next as much either.

    3 votes
  11. skullkid2424
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    I won't go too much into my RSS feeds because they are mostly comics and manga. For my RSS reader, I used to use the integrated option in the OSX Mail client before they nuked it for some reason...

    I won't go too much into my RSS feeds because they are mostly comics and manga.

    For my RSS reader, I used to use the integrated option in the OSX Mail client before they nuked it for some reason (and since I converted to full time linux after college). Since then, I ended up using If This Then That (ifttt.com) to track RSS feeds and post them to a personal subreddit. It lets me use the basic reddit features like sorting by new, seeing which links I've clicked on, and I can upvote/downvote/hide accordingly as well. I can also dump them into multiple targeted subreddits and combine them at will using the + options. So I could easily have an "all feeds" bookmark, another for just news, another for "fun" things like comics/manga/youtube/kickstarter/etc.

    Example: https://old.reddit.com/r/skullkid2424comics/new/

    I'm tempted to search for a better RSS reader that does things well (especially cross platform with a web browser and mobile apps, etc) - but I haven't seen anything that looks tempting enough to get the inertia to change from my "it works now" setup.

    2 votes