Wow. It’s been a LONG time in coming. But it’s finally here…NewsGator Outlook edition 2.5.
This release is all about synchronization. But wait, you say…didn’t we have synchronization in 2.0? Well, yes…but there were some limitations. Big ones.
With 2.0, with sync turned on, when you downloaded something into Outlook, it would marked as “read” in NewsGator Online. Even before you read it in Outlook. Even if you never read it in Outlook. The mere act of downloading it marked it as read. Also, folder hierarchy wasn’t synchronized between Outlook edition 2.0 and NewsGator Online.
This is all changed now. Read/unread/deleted status of individual items is now synchronized between Outlook edition 2.5 and NewsGator Online (and all other applications using our system – more on that in a bit). Folder hierarchy is now synchronized between Outlook and Online. It’s all as it should be. As someone on the beta said, “it all worked exactly as I expected it to.” Nice.
How did we do all this? We’ve developed what we have called our 3rd-generation synchronization API. NewsGator Online implements this API, and Outlook edition 2.5 uses it for content sync. The upcoming FeedDemon 1.6 uses this same API for sync. And we’re opening up and documenting the API for you to use, too. Watch for more about this in the next couple of days – as soon as we iron out a few things, we’ll publish the docs and sample code, and we’ll tell you about some folks who are already working with it. [Greg Reinacker's Weblog]
I’ve been on the beta test program for this for a while, and the sync engine is much improved – syncs that used to be a “go away and get a cup of coffee” job now happen very quickly. Very impressive stuff – well done NewsGator people.
Incidentally, NewsGator Outlook Edition becomes VERY handy if you’re also using a desktop search engine capable of working with Outlook, such as MSN Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search. Because all the posts you gather via RSS are stored as messages in Outlook, they’re searchable – which means it’s very quick to find a lot of posts about a particular subject. For example, yesterday I was looking to write something on the Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case – a quick search on “Supreme Court Grokster” delivered a slew of posts, most of which were full-text feeds.
I’m beginning to think that the reason that newspapers and magazines are falling apart is more to do with the way that the web exposes their lack of quality, rather than direct competition. Here’s a great example of what I mean:
What gives with the Wall Street Journal? It seems like it is suffering from a bad case of journalistic schizophrenia. The paper’s news section has recently featured several important and factually accurate articles about global warming and the spreading of false information by ExxonMobil.
But last week the paper ran a lead editorial so filled with lies, misstatements, and moldy, long-discredited theories it’s like the Journal was running a reprint from the early 80s. You could park an elephant in the credibility gap. It’s beyond embarrassing. It feels desperate — one last favor for their oil company advertisers. [via The Huffington Post | Full Blog Feed]
Now bloggers and online writers in general don’t exactly have a perfect record for accuracy. But the WSJ has fact-checkers and editors coming out of its wazoo, so you’d expect rather more from them than you would the average blogger. If you’re expecting to get paid like a professional, doing professional work is the least you can do.
Michael Gartenberg accurately spots the importance of iTunes 4.9 and the associated iPod update:
But there’s more. Apple also tweaked the firmware in all the iPod so there’s no a separate podcasting category, which means podcasts won’t get shuffled with my music and will support bookmarks so I can listen to podcasts and resume where I left off. So it’s not just the premier podcast PC client, the iPod itself is now first among devices with integrated podcast support. Combine this news and the new pricing and the integration of iPod photo into the core white iPod line and you see why Apple remains the player to beat in this space. [Michael Gartenberg]
Anyone want to buy a used e-meter?
Tom Cruise may consider himself educated about the negative aspects of psychiatry, but I suspect he doesn’t know good old Jack Shit about the dark side of Scientology, the source of that education.
In 1971, I announced in an ad the features that would be included in the 13th anniversary issue of The Realist. Among them was “The Rise of Sirhan Sirhan in the Scientology Hierarchy.”
The Church of Scientology proceeded to sue me for libel — they wanted $750,000 for those nine words — for the title of an article that I had not yet written.
[via The Huffington Post | Full Blog Feed]
Having made one spurious link, Republican politicians seem intent on making another one – this time, even more ridiculous.
Newt Gingrich is narrating a Fox Special tonite suggesting that Salvadoran gangs might smuggle Al Qaeda terrorism into the United States. It is crucial to challenge this growing allegation, which also has surfaced in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.
I pass this one on without comment
A survey of 90 enterprises finds better total cost of ownership and fewer risks with Microsoft’s streamlined security tools.
[via Microsoft PressPass - Top Stories]
Mary Jo posts:
The MSN Search team has adopted Microsoft-Research-developed technology to improve the ranking relevance of MSN Search queries.
[via Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley]
No surprise here. Always good to see companies stick up for free speech!
Internet filtering in Iran is among the strictest and most sophisticated anywhere in the world, and makes extensive use of western technology
[via New Scientist - Latest Headlines]