Cleaning… In iOS5, the cache directory used by many applications, including Instapaper, to store downloaded data now gets periodically deleted by the operating system. Today I learned Rdio is affected by this same fatal bug; even though I had 10GB or more free on my iPhone, my downloaded music was nuked sometime in the last 24 hours (and Instapaper articles too).
Yet my podcasts in iTunes persist and I have a suspicious feeling this policy doesn’t apply to applications developed by Apple. Streaming isn’t going to work for the amount of time I’m out of country this year. Epic fail.
On Kommons, Andrew Spittle asked what I’m reading now that I’m no longer on Twitter or Facebook. For now, I mostly consume content with Reeder (on the iPhone and desktop, and synced with Google Reader), Instapaper, or as podcasts. My Economist print subscription lapsed about a month ago but I’m thinking about picking it up again.
There’s a balance to my RSS consumption. I subscribe to sites like Techmeme and Mediagazer to keep tabs on the zeitgeist. Nieman Lab and Romenesko are requirements to keep up with the industry. When they publish, Ethan Zuckerman, Jonathan Stray, Paul Graham, Mark Pesce, and Stijn Debrouwere always offer unexpected insight. I also subscribe to a dozen or so people’s personal Twitter accounts, partly because they share good links and partly to keep up with what my friends are up to.
My Instapaper is mostly fed by longer items I come across by RSS, the Instapaper homepage, or Give Me Something to Read.
As far as podcasts go, there’s another dozen or so I listen to on a regular basis. These include Spark from CBC Radio, BBC Digital Planet, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, a few from FORA.tv, IT Conversations, NPR’s Planet Money, WNYC’s On The Media, Peter Day’s World of Business, Rebooting the News, Seminars about Long-Term Thinking, and This Week in Tech. Podcasts are likely my favorite form of media. They’re good fodder for daydreaming during long runs or workouts.
If you’d like, you can also download my whole OPML file.
Instapaper’s backup method. Binlogs are wicked cool.