The day Google reader was opened to the public, I was there. It was exactly what I was looking for. The main sticking point was that all of the items were grouped by publication time on the main page, versus by site on most of the other applications that I have tried.
I went out of town for Thanksgiving, and, and the request of my wife, did not bring a computer (although I did fix several of them while I was home.) When I returned, I had over 700 items to catch up with. I am normally hard presses to clear all of the items on any given day. It was at this point that I read the sites that are must read for me, and wanted to mark all of the rest as read.
For the lack of any better way, I pressed “j” 500 times. Am I missing something? I would think that there has to be a better way.