How about fixing some of those bugs that have been in every version of Internet Explorer since IE4 (1997)? I mean, it's one thing for a small company like us, with extremely limited resources, to have bugs sitting on the to-do list for a while but you guys have a few thousand more developers than us. And even then, if something really serious comes up, we drop everything and get on it right away.
I've just spent an obscene amount of time tracking down a problem that initially appeared to have been introduced in Awasu 2.1 but turned out to be something much more subtle. It's actually being caused by a bug in WinInet (the part of Windows that handles internet) that is in turn triggered by a bug in some web servers. In other words, nothing to do with Awasu and so it was very tricky to track down since it wasn't being caused by anything that we were doing.
Still, at least Microsoft were good enough to document the problem and suggest a workaround, even if they also indicate that the workaround doesn't, well, always work around the problem 🙄 😡 And can someone please let them know that they need to update their doco to say that not only are things broken under IE versions 4.0, 4.01, 4.01 SP1, 4.01 SP2, 5, 5.01, but also IE 6.
I've got much better things to be doing than tracking rubbish like this down 😡 Having said that, I initially thought that it might be being caused by a memory corruption so I'm very relieved that it wasn't since those things can be fiendishly difficult to find.
This problem can affect all versions of Awasu but has only come to light now because I suspect that about.com have changed something on their servers that causes the WinInet bug to rear its ugly head. If you're finding that Awasu is using 100% of the CPU and stops responding, please upgrade to 2.1 and then install this upgrade. Since this problem only happens if you are subscribed to feeds coming from certain servers, if you are not being affected then there's no need to upgrade. Many thanks to David Chamberlain and Allan Wilson for their help with tracking this one down.
Working on My Channels folders is actually going to be enjoyable after all this. Sigh... 🙁