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a week goes by..

A rapid fire post on the past week having been away from it all in Atlanta.

FAST is being bought by Microsoft – Dylan Fuller, formerly of FAST has a good run down on it. I do think it is interesting that Microsoft bought it rather than Google – it’s an obvious fit for Microsoft in the enterprise search space where it is strong but I thought Google wanted more of this space – is it that they think they can do it themselves? or does it not fit with their “everything in the cloud” philosophy?

Xobni launched its beta. Scott Voigt saved me the trouble of installing it right now by giving me a preview. It looks nice enough and gives you some interesting information about your inbox but it doesn’t aid your productivity. It will be interesting to see if this can evolve into a “Email 2.0” plugin for Outlook, creating a social network through which it prioritises your email. Very early days right now though.

CES happened, the only highlights I heard about were Yahoo Life (integration of the various Yahoo services to give a better user experience – more in a later post); great looking TVs (very thin, bigger..) and Bill Gate’s disappointing keynote looking more at what we know Microsoft is doing rather than anything new. Still it was his last one..

Finally.. Newsgator went free. Finally. The question is whether it is too little too late for them.

solving the rss feed deluge

as I was saying in my previous post – 67 feeds sis too many to keep track of within individual directories. Pruning off the deadwood removes about 5 feeds though so its not solving the problem 🙁

Cue: Attensa for Outlook – it has a river of news feature which in theory prioritises your posts according to what most interests you – so I presume it learns from how you interact with the feeds over time – seemingly to the post level. Nice idea – but not working on my system as yet (the river of news window stays empty 🙁 ) – hopefully their support forum can help. I am using the beta version.

Alternatively:

If I can get an invite Touchstone sounds interesting.. similar thing but also expanded to your email.. its in alpha right now.

Or maybe Newsgator Inbox for Outlook – though im not sure if there is any prioritisation as yet?