Figured I might as well blog about this, while I'm sitting around waiting for it.
I'm just writing an e-mail to a mate. He sent it in HTML format, and I converted it to Text format, I'm using Outlook (hold on 30 seconds while I try and find out the version) 2002. Every time I get a dialog box from Outlook these days the CPU rails for at least 20 seconds before the dialog appears, then after I hit either OK, or Cancel, then it rails for another 20 seconds before the dialog goes away.
This has only been a problem that has begun in the last two weeks. I'm not sure exactly what has caused it, but I'm 80% committed to blaming NewsGator. I downloaded a trial for this a bit over two weeks ago, and finally parted with $50 to purchase it this morning. In my heart, I know that it's buggy software that is shagging Outlook, but I purchased it anyway, because *in principle* it is totally kick arse (at least it will be once I write my own stylesheets for my news feeds).
I can not describe the anger I feel when I am forced to stop thinking for 20 seconds while I wait for my computer. If I'm doing 'serial processing', i.e. writing an e-mail to a friend, then I've been 'blocked' for 20 seconds, I hate unutilised brain cycles.
In fairness, the other 15% possibility is URL run, which I have installed recently (it's an Outlook add-in too) but I tend to doubt it, since this shitty Outlook behavior has been pretty noticeable since day one of NewsGator. The remaining 5% is there for the 'I haven't rebooted for 6 days' factor, and the 'something else that shouldn't have impacted Outlook but did anyway that I did to my system is the culprit' possibility.
Anyway, someone is a ballbag, and I think it's probably NewsGator.
I want to love you, but I just can't bring myself to do so while you are using my mail client as your fuck buddy. Please stop IDRPCing Outlook.
John, NewsGator definitely shouldn't be causing 20-second waits (or any waits at all, for that matter) when you're trying to open a dialog in Outlook. The only time it might affect performance is when it's actually in the processing of storing new posts in Outlook, and even then you should only notice it when a LOT of new posts are coming in.
If you continue to see problems, send a note to support at newsgator.com, and we can probably get it ironed out.
Ah! I just read your later post...sounds like you found the culprit, if I interpret correctly. Glad you're back to loving NewsGator. :-)
Heh, well that's the first time I got 'tech support' via my blog. ;)
All system instability seems to have been Winamp 3. Winamp 5 seems pretty hot too, and it's not stealing *my* resources.
In general, I'm just a happy camper. :)