attensa releases new version :)

attensa logoAttensa released a new version of its rss reader for outlook/attention management software. Those who saw my presentation on attention data at barcamp london will have heard me talk about Attensa. It prioritises your feeds in a “river of news” view so that in theory at least you see the posts you want to first whilst still retaining the ability to jump easily to feeds you want to check less often.

The new version improved 2 key things for me – one was an error on startup of outlook (which when I ignored seemed not to interfere with the running of the software) and the other was the inability to use the scroll mouse with any accuracy. Both these have been fixed so I am now a very happy user of the Attensa reader 🙂

A desktop alert system was introduced in this release which I am hoping that it is just the first step along the way as all it does right now is tell you that a post has arrived from feed X. I’d much prefer it to tell me what the post is so that I can decide then and there whether I want to read it.

There are a few other major improvements i would like to see:

  • The first is to the river of news view – it still prioritises by feed rather than post – so even if some of the posts do not interest me at all they are prioritised along with the rest of them 🙁
  • The second is similar to the search boxes found all over Vista – the ability to type in a tag/keyword and immediately see the posts referring to it. I wonder if I would actually use this often but it certainly makes finding those posts easier and quicker 🙂

Overall though it is a very good RSS reader in itself (having the flexibility of both the river of news view, folders and integrated into the outlook application). It will be interesting to see how the attention management side of the application progresses over time as there is still plenty of room for improvement – not least by adding support for email.

iq test

Thanks to Maryamie for pointing me to this – another iq test 🙂 there’s a fair few about – though this one seems to be quick and easy to do (so probably not very accurate 🙂 )

Testriffic IQ test

cant really complain about that – even though I was 5 less than Maryamie 🙁

opera vs ie

Well its been a few weeks since I installed opera. I have been on holiday for one of those weeks so really this is only my initial thoughts. not looking good for opera though 😉

Opera is quick to launch 🙂 and ctrl-enter to select your login is a godsend but.. it seems speed isnt everything I thought it might be!

  1. flickr doesnt work – you would have thought this would have been an important site to get working as I reckon those people who use Opera are much more likely to use Flickr than the general public.
  2. my stock site doesnt like it though with some fiddling, I now have it working 🙂
  3. there arent any of the cool plugins you get for firefox
  4. the interface just feels weird – though I guess I might get used to it 🙂 especially the home button being hidden in the address bar.
  5. Outlook Web Access doesnt work right (looks the same as Firefox)
  6. It feels slower generating websites – they build up in front of you whereas IE just displays them.. I wonder if IE is actualy slower but that instant display just gives instant gratification 🙂

All in all I am using IE more still than I am using Opera – even though Opera is currently set as my default.

If only Firefox was as quick as Opera 🙁

Oh and I still dont like tabs – I guess I am going to have to get used to them 😮