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Sunday 30th November 2003 8:27 AM [General]

Short but sweet.

The Internet boom has proved to be a boon for programmers who refuse to climb the corporate ladder; or kowtow to the whims and fancies of venture capitalists. An increasing number of talented coders are setting up shop on their own, developing niche products for under served markets and making a decent living.

Me part of a cult? Who would've thunk it? :-)

The net provides such power to the individual, making it so easy for ordinary people to eschew working for someone else and building their own global business. It's hard to imagine that even just ten years ago, such a thing was unheard of. And even now, there are kids setting up their own businesses who have known things no other way.


Wednesday 26th November 2003 6:32 PM [General]

Then you should get one of these (and maybe one of these as well).

ThinkGeek is a great place to get cool gifts for your resident geek (hint hint) and they have an RSS feed! :-)


Monday 24th November 2003 6:47 PM [General]

I feel like this pretty much all the time.

Sigh... :-(

Monday 24th November 2003 11:08 AM [General]

The return of Bloom County was first announced a few months ago but I came across this interview with Opus today and thought I'd share.

I used to cartoon quite a lot many moons ago and Bloom County was far and away one of my favorite strips and biggest influences. If you've never had the pleasure, you can check them out here and here.

And there's not much I wouldn't do for a Tapestry feed! :-)

Friday 21st November 2003 7:42 PM [Awasu News]

It's been a while between releases but this one has been worth the wait.

You can now keep two or more copies of Awasu running on different machines in sync with each other e.g. at home and at work. Not only will it keep your channel subscriptions in sync, it will also track which items you have read, all your program settings, channel favorites, filters and reports, everything!

This is a seriously cool feature and one that is not available with any other aggregator.

There are still a few tweaks I want to make to get it running it even better but I'm really happy with it even as it stands. If you have any suggestions, please post something in the forums and I'll try to incorporate them into the next release. And of course, many thanks to all the testers who helped make this release as good as it is.

As always, there are a bunch of other new features and bug fixes. At this rate, pretty soon there won't be any bugs left at all! :-) :roll:

Thursday 20th November 2003 9:41 PM [General]

You know it and we know it and one of the great things about writing Awasu is being part of that movement and being able to introduce RSS to people who are only just starting to know it :-)

Greg Fredette writes here about using RSS in the legal profession which is exactly the kind of field that RSS can be incredibly useful in. Lawyers, journalists, researchers all need to be able to monitor huge amounts of constantly changing information, something that RSS is perfectly suited for.

And the flexibility and power we have built into Awasu opens up some intriguing possibilities. Using plugins, information in your corporate databases can be extracted and converted to a feed so that you can be notified when something changes. Or perhaps you want to monitor information being published via web services. With Awasu, it's simple to do via a plugin or even just a simple XSLT file. And channel hooks let you monitor the information as it comes in and moves around within Awasu.

Reading news is a good first step but there are an amazing number of alternative sources of information you can monitor using Awasu. Plugins are available today to monitor the Windows Event Log, email accounts, even Google and there are even more on the way.

This is all just so much fun! :-)

Saturday 15th November 2003 8:42 PM [Awasu News]

Allan "The Plugin King" Wilson has just released another plugin, this one to monitor the Windows Event Log. Any time something happens on your computer that gets recorded to the Event Log, you will get notified via Awasu. Now that's cool! :-)

He's also got a couple others ready to go and I'm just waiting for him to finish the dreaded documentation :roll:

BTW, the final alpha version of Awasu that lets you keep multiple machines in sync has just gone out to the testers and should be released to the public mid- next week. Woo hoo! :-D

Friday 7th November 2003 6:32 PM [Awasu News]

There is currently a project under way to write a channel hook for Awasu that adds new content to a database (e.g. MySQL or Berkeley) as it arrives in your feeds. While work is progressing nicely on Awasu's own internal high-powered search engine, this is still an intriguing project since the content will be going into a publicly-accessible database where you can do whatever you want with it. The source will also be available for you to tinker with.

So, if this is something that you might want to use or perhaps you'd like to get involved, mosey on over to the forums and join in the discussion!

BTW, the final round of testing has just started for the next beta that will let you keep copies of Awasu running on different machines in sync. It's looking pretty good and should be out in a week or two :-)