I’ve reformatted again (don’t ask), and I’ve decided to give FeedReader a rest for now, and look for desktop RSS reader alternatives.
I’m currently testing RSSOwl, and despite hogging resources (it uses Java), it’s a delight to use. My main beef about FeedReader is that, while using IE to browse to a feed item, the load time is too slow. Though RSSOwl also uses IE (but can use any External Browser if you wish), it behaves like Maxthon, in terms of browsing speed and employing a multi-tab interface. Nice. The default/sample feeds are aplenty and interesting, too. No alerts feature though, which FeedReader had.
What am I looking for in a desktop-resident RSS reader anyway? Basta lightweight, tsaka fast loading of pages. Tabbed browsing is a plus. Why not just use a Firefox extension RSS Reader? Basta. I want a different app; FF eats too muc RAM already.