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Wednesday 31st March 2004 4:38 PM [General]

In the Wall Street Journal, no less :-) I had a long chat with Jeremy a while back, swapping cool tools that we use and talking about Awasu. He likes it quite a lot so maybe there'll be something about that coming soon.

Now, I just hafta work on the fortune... :hopeful:

Tuesday 30th March 2004 5:08 PM [General]

As I mentioned recently, we recently switched from b2 to WordPress to manage this blog and it's been great so far, fast and reliable.

Alex King has just posted something that lets you run WordPress but republishes your MovableType archives as WordPress.

There's always a bit of lockin when you choose a publishing system since it can sometimes be hard to switch so something like this is great. So, if you're sick of constantly having to rebuild MT, WordPress is definitely worth checking out...

Monday 29th March 2004 4:39 PM [General]

We may (or may not - it's always hard to tell with these things :-() be having some flakiness in our email server.

I usually answer most email within 24 hours so if you're expecting to hear from me about something and haven't received anything after 2 or 3 days, please resend your email and I'll get back to you via a different account.

Thanks for your patience.

Thursday 25th March 2004 3:19 PM [General]

Some crucial engineering equivalences:

  • If something is physically impossible, then it is really hard.
  • If something is possible but you don't know how to do it, then it is hard. Even if, once you knew how to do it, it wouldn't take much time or work.
  • If you know how to do something, it is easy. Even if it takes a long time and requires lots of work.
  • If you know how to do something and it won't take long, then it is done.

OK, so I've been playing a lot of music and not much computing recently. Just trying to find my geek inner self again. I know it's in there somewhere...

Wednesday 24th March 2004 8:12 PM [General]

Expanding on the work done at Bergen in 2001 to implement RFC 1149,

A few days ago, a unique experiment took place near the Sea of Galilee, attempting to confront two technologies: ADSL vs. pigeons' enabled wireless technology. During the experiment, 3 pigeons carried 4 GB (gigabytes) achieving what apparantly looks as pigeons' world record in data transfer.

Of course, as the article explains, while ADSL may be slower it has the advantage that it doesn't discharge on your head.


Wednesday 17th March 2004 9:13 AM [General]

Bruce Schneier's Cryptogram has a feed.

Tuesday 16th March 2004 9:28 AM [General]

If you are using Awasu for purposes other than just reading blogs and news, could you please drop us a line and let us know what kinds of things you are doing. For example, if you have written plugins or channel hooks to retrieve data from non-RSS sources and process it when it arrives, if you are using the MySQL hook to store content as it comes in or the XSLT/SOAP features to query web services.

Thanks y'all!

Thursday 11th March 2004 10:22 AM [General]

An interesting article about using RSS to manage information overload.

RSS is clearly a powerful tool for knowledge workers to gather information inside the firewall, but because of its simplicity, it also provides a way for organizations to replace other subscription models, such as email newsletters, and distribute information to interested parties outside the firewall. Lockergnome's Pirillo says bluntly, "Email is dead."

And also:

it [RSS] has great potential to help knowledge workers gather information more efficiently. What makes the news aggregator so useful is that it collects information effortlessly from the sites you previously needed to visit. Scott Young, CEO of UserLand Software, one of the pioneering RSS companies and makers of the Radio UserLand and Manila blogging tools, says, "RSS is an interesting way of getting information and news that you don't have to look for. In the past you went to a Web site, and if you liked it, you went to that site over and over again. If you had 10 sites you liked, that's what you did (or more than likely you didn't have time). RSS allows the information to come to you."

However, the article doesn't really address the issue mentioned it's title :-). RSS is great for bringing information to you but as people have been discussing in their blogs recently, it's easy to subscribe to an overwhelming number of channels (343 for me,and counting :eek:).

I've received a lot of feedback from people as they have upgraded to version 2.0 about how happy and impressed they are with Awasu (thanks, everyone) but to be honest, the party is only just starting. Hence the version number going up to 2. Now we've got all this information coming in, the next step is to do something useful with it and part of that is managing it, sifting through it all for the stuff that you really want.

We have a lot of experience with sophisticated search technology so this is going to be a lot of fun 8) We are right now in the process of changing the way Awasu the company works which will give me a lot more time to work on these features so it's definitely going to be an exciting time for us.

And Awasu has always been about much more than reading news and blogs. Using plugins and channel hooks, you can retrieve information from anywhere, not just the web. For example, you can extract sales data from your corporate databases, query web services or even a device plugged into your PC :-) for information, convert it all to RSS and then whack it into Awasu. This is a really fascinating piece of technology and you've only just seen the start of what Awasu is going to be able to do. Woo hoo! :-)

Monday 8th March 2004 9:49 PM [Awasu News]

Awasu 2.0 has been released and contains all the features added in the last round of betas. The major new features since 1.2 are:

  • Seriously cool new UI.
  • The ability to use SCP or SFTP or anything else to move sync data files around.
  • Added channel packs to help users find quality channels, especially when first starting out with Awasu.
  • Better support for integrating Awasu with your blog and other tools.

If you are running an older version (1.0, 1.1 or 1.2) and haven't been game to install one of the betas, 2.0 comes with an installer that will automatically upgrade your system. All you have to do is download the software and run it.

If you have purchased the Advanced Edition, send us an email and we'll let you know how to get your upgrade. We are putting together an online system that will let you get this information for yourself which will be available soon so this will be the last time you have to do this :-)

Finally, the way we are handling upgrades has changed slightly. Purchasing the Advanced Edition also includes 12 months of free upgrades but if you already have the Advanced Edition, your 12 months will start from April 1st which gives you plenty of time to get yourself set up with the new version.

Monday 8th March 2004 9:45 AM [General]

My name is Jonathan, and I am an introvert.

And in case you're wondering, I'm INTP Monday to Friday, INTJ weekends and public holidays :-)