I don't have the laptop set up the same way. With Google as my homepage, I click on a drop down box and there is the link to reader, well there was. It has vamoosed and I guess that is because Google Reader is closing down.
I not only use Google Reader for blog feeds, but also for podcast notifications. A new podcast is released from whatever I have subscribed to, and it is there in Reader, with a link to download the podcast. ITunes sucks.
What to do with Google Reader closing down? I looked at some recommendations, one being the very popular Feedly. It was very simple to import my feeds but it felt very alien, even after I fiddled with settings and it has stuck an icon up on right of my browser. I will decide who sticks icons on my
I had to do some convoluted stuff, but without resorting to instructions (see, I am a real man and never ask directions), I managed to import my feeds into Old Reader and I am much more comfortable with Old Reader. It is more like Google Reader.......ah, that is because that is what it is based on. It even imported my folders from Google Reader.
If you are used to Google Reader, then I think Old Reader might be the one for you.
Later: Someone tweeted about a replacement for Google Reader, and this post was just sitting there for a time when I was short of something to write. There was no rush as Google Reader is not closing until mid year, but given someone was wondering, I have now published it.
If mine is the only blog you read, you don't need a reader. I thank you for your dedication, or do I just fill you with lust. If you read three blogs, you still don't need a reader. If you read a decent number of blogs, a reader makes it much much easier.