On the whole, I love Outlook – mainly, it has to be said, because of the plethora of really cool add-ins for it, rather than the program itself. However, the most annoying thing about it is its occasional bouts of amnesia: You quit it, and it forgets to really quit. Enter KnockOut:
KnockOut is a free Microsoft Outlook companion product that allows you to easily monitor the state of Outlook on your computer. From a notification area icon, KnockOut can show you if Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word are running on your computer (even if no windows are showing on your taskbar). If one of these applications is in a hung state, you can terminate them right from the KnockOut menu. This will help clear up rare mystery situations, in which you think Outlook is not running because you see no windows on your taskbar, but when you launch Outlook again nothing happens because it is actually running in the background.
An essential application for anyone using Outlook.
David Berlind pulls up Dave Winer on one of Dave’s typical rants in Blog first and ask questions later? | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com
However, Dave’s comment–"I’d rather make a mistake and have it corrected within a few minutes, than spend two weeks researching something and still get it wrong, as most reporters do. "– is demeaning to reporters (as well as bloggers who spend time researching topics, striving for accuracy before pulling the trigger). We reporters/bloggers from the ‘establishment’ don’t always succeed, and we always hear about the failures, but well researched journalism (text, audio, video, animation, images) is primary source material and critical to the information ecosystem.
Dave Winer is, of course, well known around the blogosphere for his habit of being demonstrate to be wrong on a point, and then going back and re-editing his posts so his errors magically disappear. Dave would defend this as "corrections", but given that he tends not to note that he’s made a correction it comes across as simply rewriting history.
Ironic, then, that Dave criticises journalist for getting things wrong. When print journalists get things wrong, our mistakes are there for all to see – unlike Dave’s mistakes.
Robert Scoble responds to David Berlind’s post on What it means to be Scobleized (David’s comment in italics, Robert’s reply after that):
"Sifry deserved a call before the criticism was levied, not after." I don’t agree. This is my blog and is my opinion. You saying every blogger should call vendors before they criticize? That just ain’t gonna happen, sorry. You should work at Microsoft — we get criticized hundreds of times a week and I doubt that we get a heads up very often on those blog posts
Robert, isn’t this rather different to the response you gave me last week, when we were debating the difference between bloggers and journalists? After all, at the time you said "I have hundreds of key people in the industry on IM and Skype. I have thousands more that I can email." To turn around to David and claim that you have no responsibility to make those calls now is more than a little disingenuous.