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Wednesday 17th August 2005 11:59 AM [Awasu News]

The second Awasu 2.1.3 alpha release (what's this?) is now available here.

The big upgrade of Awasu's UI continues with this release. Major new features include:

  • a Task Pane that brings together the most commonly used features of Awasu into a single place for quick access
  • a new docking window to track podcasts and other enclosures that Awasu has downloaded for you
  • an application sidebar that lets you monitor your favorite channels

There'll be one more alpha release after this that cleans up a few loose ends plus a few more new features and that'll be the 2.1.3 release. Have fun!

Friday 12th August 2005 11:34 AM [Awasu News]

TalkDigger is an interesting meta-search engine that lets you see who is talking a particular blog post. It's very easy to tweak Awasu to use it and can be done in two ways:

Modify the channel summary pages

Take a copy of your favorite channel summary template (e.g. in C:\Program Files\Awasu\Resources\Channel Summary Templates) and add the new line shown below somewhere (example taken from Rusty.template):

{%REPEAT% FeedItems}

<A name="{%ITEM-ID%}">
<DIV class="itemTitle">
<IMG src="{%ITEM-IMAGE%}">

<DIV class="itemDescription">

<DIV class="itemDetails">
<DIV class="itemRelatedLinks">
    <a href="{%ITEM-URL%}">
    Check TalkDigger



Configure Awasu to use this new template file (in the Program Options dialog) and you will see a new link at the bottom of each item that will do a TalkDigger search for that item.

IMPORTANT: If you are modifying one of the template files Awasu installs by default, it is important you make a copy of it otherwise it will be overwritten the next time you install a new version of Awasu.

Create a new user tool

Open the Tools|Organize user tools dialog and create a new user tool. Call it TalkDigger and for the commmand, enter{%URL%}.

You will now see a new TalkDigger entry in the Tools menu that will do a TalkDigger search for the currently open browser page.

Thanks to Fred Giasson for providing this tool and letting us know :cool:

Thursday 11th August 2005 7:59 PM [General]

People, this is why I'm single :o.

And where would we be without podcasting to bring us news of such marital bliss?! Speaking of which, the next alpha is chugging along fine and should be out in a week or so. The latest feature is a new docking window that lets you manage all the enclosures Awasu has downloaded for you. Sweet! :cool:

Thursday 4th August 2005 6:39 PM [Awasu News]

Work on the sexy new UI is progressing well with the first alpha release going out last week, if you want to check it out.

Part of this work was a fresh new set of professionally designed icons and after scouring the net, we went with icon sets from two companies, glyFX and Lokas Software. We've been very pleased with both of them and while we'd love to be in a position to say we liked these companies so much, we bought them (maybe next year :cool:), we did the next best thing and partnered with them instead.

If you've purchased any of our products, you are eligible for a 20% discount from Lokas and 25% from glyFX. Both of them will help give your software or web site a professional, polished look and we've been very happy with both their products and service. The same discounts also apply for existing glyFX and Lokas customers who want to purchase Awasu. Just send us (or them) an email for details on how to claim your discounts.

Wednesday 3rd August 2005 11:33 PM [General]

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions--things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. "The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else--the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. "Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Amen to that, brother!

Wednesday 3rd August 2005 7:01 PM [General]

The Commentator becomes you.

OK, so you're going to have to be a programmer to find this even remotely funny but it certainly had me rolling on the floor.

The Commentator uses revolutionary real-time language processing to actually grok your code and add the necessary comments on the fly. No more doco to slow you down. Just install The Commentator and watch as your coding elegance is eloquently decorated with insightful, nuanced commentary you type. What's more, The Commentator's powerful Personality Controls allow you to tweak it's output so completely that it's as if The Commentator is speaking for you. In your voice. Explaining to those that need it, so that you can get on and get busy.

Even the screenshot had me in tears. You can set the Humor Level to range from Dykstra all the way through to Ballmer or the level of verbosity from RTFM to IBM :-)