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I have always been a fan of Google Reader.  I have been using it since it first came out and have never tried another feed reader.  Yesterday they decided to update the UI to fit their new G+ look and in my opinion, made the application almost impossible to use.

I have three main machines I use on a daily basis.  A Dell XPS desktop with dual 24 inch monitors, a Toshiba Protégé with a 13 inch display, and a 11 inch MacBook Air.  When I am at my desk all day, the Dell is awesome for getting development done, but I don’t like to clutter my noise-generating applications on my development machine so I leave Outlook, Thunderbird, Messenger, Zune, and my social browsing to the Toshiba with 1366x768 resolution.  This resolution is standard for most < 15 inch laptops. 

Now when you open up Google Reader on the laptop you get this huge portion at the top of the page that is wasted whitespace.  Big dumb buttons with small text and lots of padding and a toolbar with lots of padding.  On a big monitor with 1920x1080 resolution, its ok, but on the small monitor, you are left with half of the page to read your post and the other half for this dumb whitespace. 

Any who, if anyone has an alternative Feed Reader they are using, please let me know.