So, after I solved a proxy server issue, I was able to get NewsGator working again (after my machine rebuild- see this post for info on that).
I am still pleased with NewsGator. It focuses on the most obvious features for reading and does them well. But, to get even more value out of NewsGator- I recommend installing Lookout software which makes searching for content in your inbox or other folders much more powerful. Lookout indexes all of your personal folders, and your searches are nearly instantaneous. There are features lacking, but the basic premise is solidly done. So, as NewsGator pumps posts into folders, they are indexed by Lookout. I am much more informed and I find it easier to manage the RSS feeds trickling into my personal folders.
Rock thought for the day: Heard "Pepper" today, one of my old alt favorites. Here's the lyric to the bridge:
they were all in love with dyin'
they were drinking from a fountain
that was pouring like an avalanche
coming down the mountain