Repetition is a good thing. Sometimes. But not always. They say repetition is the mother of skill, yet some say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a definition of insanity.
Here’s a good way to use Monotony to prevent insanity, save time, learn more, and not spend any money in the process. The app that does all that is called Monotony. It’s free and just one of many ways Mac users can save time, learn more, save money, and avoid the insanity of clicking bookmark after bookmark in Safari every day just to catch up on the news.
Monotony is a Mac RSS reader, one of many available on the Mac App Store and is the first of its kind to bring additional news-worthy clutter to your Mac’s Notification Center. Other than adding clutter to the Notification Center and the price tag, Monotony does not blaze new trails in information management.
It’s an RSS reader. Add RSS subscriptions, and Monotony checks for updates. New RSS entries will be displayed as notifications with headline and summary. Click on Notification Center’s icon in the Menubar, scan the headlines, click on one and it opens up in Safari.
Monotony is all about simplicity and elegance. That means there are not many features. It will work with Growl or OS X’s Notification Center, but can also run as a Menubar app. There’s nothing to sync, no Feedly, no customization options, and no way to display previous RSS feeds.
However, Monotony is a good way to get started with using RSS to view the latest news from various sites because it’s free and drop dead simple to setup and use. If you like saving time by scanning through a few dozen websites from one location (the Notification Center), then you’ll appreciate what RSS does, and perhaps migrate to a more feature laden RSS reader.
One notable negative, and the impact varies from user to use, is the clutter in the Notification Center, which, as we add widgets and options, becomes much like a bigger, uglier version of the already overcrowded Menubar. But, hey, different strokes for different folks, right?