On a more general note, do you use a PDA? I've always wanted to provide lots of integration between them and Awasu but I can't stand them myself so have no idea how people tend to use them What sort of things would you like to see?
I do use a PDA pretty extensively. I have a Handspring Neo which is a Palm Pilot compatible device. In terms of how PDAs could integrate with Awasu, I think that creating the master channel summary would be about 95% of everything that you could want.
AvantGo is an extremely
popular service, but with the master channel summary, Awasu would blow it away both in content available (there are MANY more newsfeeds than there are AvantGo channels) and functionality (having all of the items in one place would make it much easier to read. Not to mention that Awasu doesn't have ads, there's not a limit on the amount of information that you can transfer, and downloading the information and transferring it to the PDA is all done locally, instead of using Avantgo's servers to retrieve the information. In summary, while AvantGo is really great, PDA integration in Awasu would be AWESOME! Again, this could be done with existing tools that I mention above, all that is needed is the master channel summary.
To gain the last 5% of functionality and achieve total nirvana
, Awasu would have to synchronize all of the items with the Palm. This means that if you marked a news item as read on the PDA, when you synchronize your PDA the fact that you had read that item would be reflected when you open Awasu, and vice versa. Obviously, this is MUCH more difficult and would also require you to create some sort of Awasu application which would actually run on the PDA. (Although that application would really just be an HTML reader that kept track of which items were read.) I really don't think that the effort required to develop this would initially be worth the benefit, but if you get up to Awasu Version 6.0
, then this would be something to look at doing.
As I said, I am a pretty avid PDA and AvantGo user, so if you have any more questions about this, I would be happy to help. I also use Plucker and iSilo fairly extensively and I would be happy to even potentially assist you with integrating Awasu with those programs (especially since Plucker is open-source).
Happy to help!