Like me, Stephen Desroches, another B&B Gnomie, . He seems to be impressed by FeedReader, unlike me who was annoyed by its lack of support for the increasingly common content:encoded extension (it’s why I provide a separate RSS 0.91 feed). However, its small footprint, both in terms of HD space and memory, impressed me, along with the fact that it’s free.
The address bar is a nice touch – you can read an RSS feed in it without having to subscribe to it, and it displays feeds fine. It fully supports RSS 2.0, from what I can tell, which is nice.
But I’m not going to be keeping it. Why? Well, look at this shot from task manager:
Yep, 20MB of memory, which is even more than Mozilla uses when it has 4 tabs and the mail client open. The ‘sharp’ in the name should give you a clue as to why – it’s written in C# (that’s ‘C sharp’, not ‘C hash’), which means it needs the .Net framework. Now while .Net is allegedly faster than Java, its platform-independent rival, it still sucks up huge amounts of memory, which, on a 112MB system running Windows XP, is in short supply.
This was also my complaint with Syndirella – the client was good, but my system isn’t capable of running it, particularly as you’re supposed to run these programs in the background. I have it running now, and the system is not nearly as responsive as usual.
So the hunt goes on. Blarg.