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Monday 27th October 2003 7:03 PM [Awasu News]

I've been having a long conversation with Magic Speller about the pros and cons of Awasu compared to some of the other popular aggregators available out there. I won't quote any of it here but it's worth a look if you're interested in some of our future plans for Awasu and philosophy behind the current design and feature set.

And don't forget that each of our forums have RSS feeds so you can subscribe to them in Awasu and be notified when somebody posts something. Just look for the big orange XML button at the top of each forum's front page. And if you register (it's free), you will also get email notifications when somebody replies to one of your posts.

Monday 20th October 2003 8:57 PM [General]

It's been a while since I last looked at Mozilla Firebird and since there have been more than a few people raving about the latest release recently, I figured it was time to check it out again.

It's way cool.

It's slick, it's fast and above all, it's usable. And from their FAQ:

We need all the exposure we can get. Make it your mission to convert 5 friends, family members or coworkers. If you're a student, get it distributed at your college. Submit a story to Slashdot and other news sites about the release. Make some noise on your blog. Mass distribution via the Internet is possible--look at Kazaa. Spread the word!

So if you decide to use it because of this post, leave a comment and help boost my karma! I need five of ya and I might not come back as a frog in my next life or something like that :-( Those of you using Awasu as your default browser are, of course, banned :-)

And if you really like it, you can tweak Awasu to use it. It's not as complicated as it looks :-)

The Mozilla email client, Thunderbird, also looks really good but I don't think it's quite ready for business use yet. Lack of a proper (i.e. integrated and official) backup facility is a definite show-stopper, unfortunately.

Friday 17th October 2003 1:17 AM [General]

...Awasu would probably be his RSS reader of choice.

Of course, if you live outside of Australia you might not know who Dick Smith is, but it made me laugh :-)

I've just been trawling through Google checking out what people have been saying about Awasu and have noticed that there seem to be a lot more newbies starting to get into RSS. That's such a good sign and they all seem to be finding Awasu really easy to set up and use. Given that these non-technical people are who we had in mind when writing Awasu, it's nice to see that all that time and effort we spent making it easy to use was worth it.

And finally, work on the new synchronization feature (to keep copies of Awasu running on different machines in sync with each other) is progressing well. I said a while back that it shouldn't take too long to do - you'd think after 20 years of programming computers, I'd know better than to say something silly like that :roll: - but the first alpha should be going out to testers in a week or so. Send me an email if you'd like to help out with testing.

Tuesday 14th October 2003 10:07 PM [Awasu News]

Thanks Tero!

Most channels present their feed items in reverse chronological order (i.e. the most recent one first) so it can be a little annoying when a publisher doesn't follow this convention.

Tero Ykspetaja has contributed an XSLT transformation that reverses the order of feed items within a feed.

It's great to have people contributing stuff to make Awasu more useful and work even better than it already does. Gives me a warm fuzzy feeling all over! :-)

Friday 10th October 2003 11:31 PM [Awasu News]

A service that we offer with Awasu is the provision of customized versions that come preloaded with feeds of your choice and other branding options.

One of the companies to take up this service is Quikonnex, a new site offering weblogs with a focus on ease of use. Jim Gray, one of the founders of Quikonnex, has written a case study of how they are using Awasu as part of their service:

Awasu is intuitive to use and it is very simple to customize to meet individual needs. Plus, it has well-written Help, with active support in the Awasu forums. It was the perfect choice for the Quikonnex service.

The reason for the final selection of Awasu was the ability for the program to be branded with the Quikonnex identity. Having preloaded channels and search features in an aggregator is a selling tool that no publisher can do without.

Another happy customer. Woo hoo! :-)

Monday 6th October 2003 12:22 AM [General]

If you haven't lived in Thailand, then you won't have a clue what I'm talking about. But Awasu was recently reviewed in the Bangkok Post (near the bottom of the page):

[Awasu] is slick, attractive and forward-looking software. As of now it is a good RSS reader that comes with no preconceptions on what you would like. This lets you select and add sites of your own. is a work in progress, and aims to stay that way as far ahead as anyone can peer in this technology age.

I used to live in Thailand and have a lot of love for the place so this one is particularly special to me. I was working as a musician so yes, I did eat an awful lot of khao thom at 4am in the morning. Yum :-)

Thursday 2nd October 2003 11:52 PM [Awasu News]

At last, a version of Awasu that runs on 98 and Me has been released. Now we'll see how many of you are still out there... :-)

Many thanks to all the people who helped with testing. It is much appreciated.