I just posted an update to the News Aggregator Showdon article today. Here’s what I added:
“Additional followup: Upon further investigation, I discovered one major
flaw with Newzcrawler, the permalinks don’t seem to work on many blog RSS
feeds.It’s not enough to sway me to the other choice but it’s troubling. I
also tried, on the recommendation of one of my visitors, a free aggregator
called Feedreader. Seems like it
might be worth a try so off I go and download it. First strike, no way to
set it to run using a proxy server and a firewall. So it will have to wait
until the weekend when I’m at home and can use it there without the proxy.
Get it downloaded and it seems to be similar to Newzcrawler, same sort of
folder layout, ability to add you own feeds, only a handful of default feeds,
but does pick up feeds from weblogs.com and other blog "portals".
The permalinks even work! It doesn’t have some of the advanced features of
Newzcrawler but seems like it’ll be a good simple solution.
And then it happened. The program crashed. It commited an illegal operation.
Then it crashed again 1 minute after I restarted it. After restarting the
PC this time, it locked up. Three strikes and you’re out! It had some promise,
but wasn’t stable on my PC. Your’s may be different, of course, but I’m sticking
with my first choice, Newzcrawler.