Some unicorns, err, regular readers may recall me muttering in the past about RSS Readers, most recently about the fun and games caused by Google taking their toys home and breaking synchronisation for numerous apps. I’ve settled down to using ReadKit as my app, and to paying Feedly a small monthly fee for synchronisation. And it’s all been working nicely, with the occasional server glitch, but nothing you’d get particularly annoyed about.
But this evening, I got in to find that Readkit didn’t have a lot of content, and had a little exclamation mark indicating a problem. It seemed to have a bit of an issue talking to Feedly, which is where Readkit can bit a bit annoying. When you mark an article as read, it tries to sync that with Feedly, which is a Good Thing. What’s not a Good Thing is that it’s not bright enough to realise that the service isn’t talking, and keeps trying. Well, that’s not so bad. In fact it means that it’ll catch up as soon as the service comes back. What’s annoying is that it keeps popping up messages telling you it can’t mark the item as read.
Anyway, the reason things are borked is because, along with Evernote, Feedly has been hit by a DDoS attack – and not the usual kind that tries to disrupt services for the fun of it. Nope, this one came with added blackmail – pay up or we break your servers. Evernote and Feedly did the sensible thing and declined to pay, and are working on restoration of service. Evernote is apparently back up, so Feedly shouldn’t be too far behind.
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 Or indeed whatever other service you might choose
 On the assumption that if you pay once, you’ll find yourself paying again
 And again
 And again