Instapaper V Pocket v2

After more than 6 months of trying both products side-by-side for my article reading needs/wants. Here are a few of my main take-aways:

  • Reading things on my Kindle isn’t the end-all-be-all
  • Being able to sign-in or link accounts to a platform is nearly more important than stripping ads for me now
  • Curated articles are almost always things I don’t care about from either platform
  • The current Pocket eco-system is something I find easier
    • Mainly because I’m been using it more
    • From the pocket home page, I’m easily able to edit my list
    • I can easily send things to other pocket users from within the app
    • Once I log in via my browser of choice to my various platforms I’m good to go I don’t have to resign in
      • Instapaper seems to have fixed this but I do have to usually log-in on a weekly basis. Where in Pocket its based on my personal browser settings so if I haven’t cleared cookies I’m logged in.
    • Sponsored content within Pocket is clearly marked.
  • Deleting items from my Pocket list is easier and can be done en masse
    • On the website in Instapaper (unless I’m missing something) its a one-by-one process. I tend to save 5-15 articles per day while I’m working. Someone sends me something or I browse for a few minutes during my break and I save it for later after work. Then after work, I’ll see what I’ve got and if I really want to read it. I’m probably getting rid of half of the stuff I saved from earlier.
  • Send to Kindle is a hassle regardless of the platform
    • Now with Instapaper its a premium feature so I’m not interested right there
    • To do it via pocket there are a few workarounds but also not easy and sometimes the articles are formatted in a really wonky fashion. Kindle needs to solve this on their end if its going to be a truly viable option. Till then I’ll read my articles in night-mode on my phone or tablet and just use the Kindle for books.
  • The sources that I’m going to have improved their in-app reading experience to the point where I’m using Pocket/Instapaper a lot less
    • I use the Athletic, NYTs, and WaPo for most of the things I read. All three of these have acceptable reading interfaces now.
    • The Athletic’s app is how it should be everywhere.
    • NYT is pretty good
    • WaPo has made leaps in the past 12-months but still is slightly below average UI experience via the App

Currently I think I am going to step away from Instapaper. If they bring back the premium for free I’ll look at it again. For now Pocket has won my read-it-later business.

Boop – Hero Hunters Ep10 but I called the actual file Ep11—opps

October update II is in the wild.  New hero Anvil is released.  Let’s talk it up a little.  Did we skip episode 10?  Maybe but who cares.

Candy Corn is going strong.  Not a lot of days to cash in on the remaining pumpkins.  Bounty event starts this weekend.  Let’s hope that its not goofed.  

BOOP – Hero Hunters Ep8 BOOPHunters are still riding

Colonel Wesson the man might be more myth than legend

Aaron and I chat HeroHunters as we should probably be sleeping on a Friday evening.  There is a lot that’s happened in the game.  We are getting ready for next month in a lot of ways now already.  We just rocked out a bounty event last week.  Right now there isn’t an event really bumping.  We’ve got a few coops rolling.  Side-bar the Twins ended up tying and losing in extra’s to a walk-off dinger.  There is a frag event that’s about to happen.  Right now we are in a bit of a holding pattern.  There are a couple new characters coming out next month but we didn’t even get to that on this one. 

Three levels deep to get the platinum upgrade knocked-off

Then if you stay with us long-enough we broach some podcasts we are listening too and I think we might’ve been wrong factually on a few of them.  Maybe we’ll have to readdress that in the future.  

Six possible and both of us just have five of the UAF Heroes

BOOP – Hero Hunters Ep6 Sept Update

August UpdateBoopHuntersCash MoneyHero HuntersHotHead GamesIfritiOSMavenMorlockPvPRazorbackThe new update dropped.  Its pretty big.  We just started getting into it.  Here’s a link to the official release data.

BOOP – Hero Hunters Ep5 extensional crisis

The extensional crisis has begun.  We’ve been digging deeper and deeper into the forums.  People spend way too much time on this game.  Way too much.  And way too much money.  Jeff is spiraling on these issues.  Aaron is handing him a paper bag to relax.  Here is the forum post from today that has the guys talking.  We also talk about the customized offers within the game.  Here are two screen captures of the offer Jeff got and one of the offer Aaron got for the same character.