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Wednesday 30th August 2006 11:26 AM [General]

Awasu, the company, does pretty well for itself but as anyone who's been with us for a while knows, we put in a huge effort to keep piling on the features and providing support to the high level that we have been doing. But maybe we've been doing it wrong all this time.

Maybe all it takes is 15 lines of Perl script...

There is a recent fad for Japanese schoolgirls to send each other messages in basically Japanese schoolgirld l33tsp34k. The problem is that, despite this being very trendy, its very annoying difficult to do well on a cellphone. Enter a web service which, if you send it a mail, will l33tify it for your friend without having to do any work. They then charge your phone bill about 5 cents.

As Patrick says, it sounds like a bit of a waste of time, except that the company in question is doing 20 million messages a month :bigshock: Even better, they also offer a service to decrypt any l33t'ified messages you receive if you can't be bothered doing it yourself :hysterical:

Bugger, all wrong :wall:

Wednesday 23rd August 2006 3:00 PM [General]

Earl Mardle posted the other day about a new BBC site called The Time When ("a place to record and share memories of the important days in your life").

Which reminded of a movie that I have in my collection that I hadn't seen for a while so I dragged out the DVD, dusted it off and slung it in the machine. From IMDB:

Omar Naim's The Final Cut is startlingly different than a conventional science fiction film. It's a compelling fable that offers a vision of a world where memory implants record all moments of a person's life. Post mortem, these memories are removed and edited by a "Cutter" into a reel depicting the life of the departed for a commemorative ceremony, called a Rememory. Robin Williams' powerful portrayal of Alan Hakman, a troubled "cutter," propels this character driven story that forces us to question the power of our memories and the sanctity of our privacy.

I've seen it several times and each time found it a bit hard to enjoy, because it was so utterly creepy. Showing scenes from peoples' lives, their most private moments, if ya think we've got privacy issues now, just consider what it'll be like if when such a thing comes to pass.

It also made me think of blogjects, objects that blog. Imagine having a device embedded in your head that recorded every moment of your life and then pushed out a feed for it :o

At which point, I got really scared. You know you've been doing this too long when you watch a movie and start thinking about how RSS could be incorporated into the storyline.

Sigh... :wall:

Friday 18th August 2006 5:21 PM [Awasu News]

A few people have asked for more details about the parameters available in Awasu's templating engine.

Templates are actually one of Awasu's more powerful features, letting you dynamically create web pages and reports from your archived content and notes, and we have been somewhat remiss in not making it easier for people to use them :oops:. However, documentation for Awasu v2.2 is now available here.

If you're using one of the 2.2.x beta releases, the templating engine was overhauled and made much more powerful in version 2.2.1. More details in the release notes.

BTW, if you're subscribed to the Awasu DevLog (), you may have noticed that things seem a bit quiet on the development front but nothing could be further from the truth. We're still slaving away on the newest feature, something that will allow Awasu to synchronize with online feed readers. Thing is, it's proving to be a big job and it's taking a bit longer than I expected. But it's definitely going to be way cool when it's done, with a plugin architecture that allows any number of different feed readers to be supported. The first cut will be coming your way Real Soon Now™... :whip: