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Thursday 29th September 2005 10:40 AM [General]

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

It's been a long time between releases, much longer than we would normally like, but in this case it's been well worth the wait. We've been toiling away in the dungeons these past few months rebuilding the user interface and it looks awesome. If you haven't been running the alphas, this release is going to blow your socks off! :cool:

Just check this out for a list of major new features:

  • A task pane, bringing the most commonly used Awasu features together into one place.
  • A new Downloaded Files window for managing your podcasts and other downloaded files.
  • A desktop sidebar that lets you instantly see what's new in your favorite channels.
  • Search channels that lets you run search queries on your archived content and monitor the results as a feed.
  • Print and print preview functionality.
  • Comprehensive support for the middle mouse button.
  • Several key optimizations that significantly improve Awasu's performance and responsiveness.

And if you're using Windows XP, Awasu now sports the new modern themed look.

The full list of changes is here and really is as long as your arm. At least! :-)

/taka exits left and collapses in crumpled heap, unable to believe that this release is finally out (and in realization of the fact that he is now going to have to update the documentation for all this new stuff)...

Tuesday 27th September 2005 4:24 PM [General]

Today it's terrorism but when I was a little nipper growing up in Australia in the 80's, the threat de jour was nuclear armageddon. The US and the USSR had batteries of nuclear weapons pointed at each other and we were all worried that we were going to be wiped out, not because of a war but more likely because somebody made a mistake somewhere.

22 years ago yesterday, that almost happened.

Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov was the duty officer at the Serpukhov-15 bunker near Moscow when the computers indicated an American missile launch. A few minutes later, the computers indicated that a second missile had been launched, then a third, a fourth and a fifth.

Petrov was faced with a serious dilemma. If he decided the reports were false, the Soviet Union would be destroyed yet if he incorrectly reported an attack, his superiors were sure to launch an equally catastrophic counter-attack. Either way, millions would die.

In the end, less than five minutes after the alert began, Petrov decided the launch reports must be false. "I had a funny feeling in my gut," Petrov said. "I didn't want to make a mistake. I made a decision, and that was it."

Certainly puts things into perspective and a good argument against the automated systems we are so busy trying to replace ourselves with. Quite possibly the most significant tummy rumble of last century :-)

Sunday 25th September 2005 3:44 PM [General]

More geek humour (of the mathematical kind) right here: The Klein Four Group performing Finite Simple Group (Of Order Two).

If you don't understand the title of the song, then don't waste your bandwidth downloading it, you won't get it (no, really, you won't). Unless you really want to see a math geek a capella band :o. Who would've thunked such a thing possible?! :D

Sunday 25th September 2005 4:45 AM [General]

One of the benefits of working for yourself is that you probably won't need to worry about most of this stuff, but for the rest of you... :-)

Some choice snippets:

Beepilepsy - The brief siezure people sometimes suffer when their beepers go off, especially in vibrator mode. Characterized by physical spasms, goofy facial expressions, and stopping speech in mid-sentence.
Blamestorming - A group discussion of why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
CGI Joe - A hard-core CGI script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.
Idea Hamsters - People whose idea generators are always running.
Ohnosecond - That minuscule fraction of time during which you realize you’ve just made a terrible error.
Percussive Maintenance - The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

Ya can really tell when we're nearing the end of a release cycle and I start blogging about stuff like this again :roll: :D

Saturday 24th September 2005 10:47 AM [Awasu News]

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

This is the final round of changes for this release and barring any major problems, this version will also be the 2.1.3 release. Some of the major changes are:

  • Improved the way Awasu works with Mozilla configured as the embedded browser.
  • Added more middle mouse button actions.
  • Allowed browser tabs to be opened in the background.
  • Tightened up the appearance of many UI elements such as channel summary pages, dialogs, the new icons and in particular, the system tray menu.

It's been a long hard couple of months for this release but looking back over the improvements that have been made, it's been well worth it. Awasu looks just fantastic now! :cool:

Wednesday 7th September 2005 12:54 PM [General]

Ya know how it is when you look and look at something and then look at it some more, you get to the point where your brain no longer is registering what it is you're looking at? :?

Well, I've reached that point with the last release of Awasu :-(

One of the changes introduced was to highlight key fields in dialog boxes by using bold text. If you check out this screenshot, you can see that it's a definite improvement.

Thing is, I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. Firstly, it's a bit non-standard and secondly, I'm wondering if I maybe went a bit overboard and made too many things bold :-) :roll:

What do you think?

Wednesday 7th September 2005 11:52 AM [Awasu News]

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

This release consolidates the work done in the previous alphas and adds a bunch of new ones as well. Major changes include:

  • Implemented search channels. These are special channels that lets you monitor Awasu's archived content via search queries and returns the results as an RSS feed.
  • Added support for the middle mouse button. We pride ourself on how configurable Awasu is and we haven't dropped the ball when it comes to this new feature :-)
  • Added the ability to lock toolbars in place.
  • And, as always, heaps of other minor enhancements, bug fixes and other general Awasu goodness.

Have fun y'all. We're on the home straight to the final 2.1.3 release. Woo hoo! :cool: