Category Archives: yahoo

scary stuff

Said the spider to the FlyNo not huge hairy spiders crawling on your face at night, or mutating radioactive zombies (although those would be rather scary), but more real life stuff.

The possibility of a Christian reverent becoming president of the US of A. FTW! As if it wasn’t bad enough already with the currently inspired by Christianity-when-it-suited-his-cause Bush Jr.

Creationism anyone? No thanks, but that twat will probably think it’s better to believe that instead of the daunting idea we all come from monkeys. Monkeys ffs. Warthogs would be worse IMHO. Monkeys are funny at least. Looks like McCain is in the lead for the Republicans so we might be in the clear, but still, I remember the last twat getting elected when we (the Europeans) thought it would never happen (again). Let Super Tuesday bring us hope!

Or how about Yahoo! being taken over by Micro$oft. Childs down my geeky spine that sends hmmm! I understand that the Empire wants to compete with Google and all, but it’s going to be the Dark side against the Google side I guess when it comes to that. Is Google not evil just because they claim so? I’m not sure, but they have shown far less evil streaks than the folks from Redmond have.

I sorta like(d) Yahoo. They have a lot of good services, and for a lot of those duplicates exist by M$, so my guess is a lot of those will be terminated at some point. Yahoo! chat vs MSN, 360° vs MSN spaces, Yahoo!Mail vs Hotmail… take your pick. Microsoft is also very good at pushing their own shit through the Windows operating system. From default internet searche pages, chat clients, media players to desktop search software. As a big monopolist they always try to pull this kind of stuff off, and the internet is their next goal to try and do the same. This can only be bad news to all of us. I think I’ll wait before I get that Flickr pro account I was thinking off, and see how this thing turns out.

(“Said the spider to the fly” image by Thomas Hawk, some rights reserved)

yahoo! says: drm sucks

And I couldn’t agree more.

Through here I ran into this neat post on the Yahoo! music blog where they claim they want music to be without nasty DRM features, and that labels just sell plain good old mp3’s.

Good stuff if you ask me. DRM sucks, and it’s good to see that a big player is actually making a point into that direction for once.
I don’t see myself buying any personalised Jessica Simpson latest hit mp3’s off Yahoo!s, but still, if they start selling without DRM, maybe others will follow, and we’ll be ridded of all that shitty crippleware for good in the end. Like when hell freezes over I guess.

For less commercial stuff and sweet mp3’s without DRM, you might wanna check out Beatport. Tons of phat drum’n’bass there.
Or stay tuned here, for more links to taste audio files filled with sizzling beats and breaks.

where it's at

an exceptionally good looking myspace profileI just noticed that Yahoo! 360° had an update lately. They added a bunch of good features from the look of it, although nothing really that shocking or ground breaking.

Now you have custom themes, embedded video and you’re able to add music to your blast message, which is kinda neat.
Basically all stuff that myspace.com has as well, the only thing is that 360° doesn’t make your eyes bleed when you click through peoples pages.

Everything 360° has is nicely customizable and professional. Myspace look like a hack. You have to inject CSS code in text fields to change your profile layout ffs, which explains why some, euhm, most of those pages look like something made by a 6 year old on crack messing about in MS Frontpage. There are exceptions of course, but it’s tough.
Another funny thing is that I couldn’t pick the password I wanted. It was too long. Security. Who needs it right?

So 360° pwnz myspace.com?

You bet.
The only thing is that people aren’t using it. Theyre all over at myspace. I guess people that own a Mac feel the same way about PC’s. So what can a guy do but join the rest of the JT crew, and claim his very own hideous myspace?

Wheeeee!

does yahoo have the answer?

Yahoo! Answers beta Q&A service came online this week, and I had this rather long post about how it doesn’t live up to the expectations I had for it. So I’m not going to bore you with that long post, and just say that most of the questions being asked are mainly infantile, and can be solved by spending a few minutes Googling for an answer.

If you want to read some interesting questions and accompanying answers, try Ask Metafilter. Yahoo! just has a too low signal to noise ratio.

The post also said something about coconut fravoured beef on a stick, but it was quite irrelevant actually…

yahoo 360

So I have a Yahoo 360° account (I know, I’m so hip), and I’ve been checking it out a bit at a time now and then, and it looks like it has some great potential.
If you are currently using a lot of other Yahoo! services, like their webmail, groups, messenger and their photo albums, this will be great cause it integrates a lot of those features into your personal 360° page, and if you don’t blog already, it’s a great place to start one.

But there are always things that can be done better of course, and personally I’d like to see the following Y!360 wish-list come true:

  • flickr integration: Yahoo bought flickr a while ago, but they are still only allowing their own photo album service to be used on 360°, which is a pity. I don’t feel like putting the same photo’s up one more time at a new location, so it would be neat to be able to use your flickr sets as albums in 360°
  • customisable layout: the standard layout is slick. It’s not heavy, looks clean and neat, which is great, but the geek in me feels like playing around with it and giving it a personal touch. I know allowing this can bring up some extremely horrible layouts, just take a peek at some of those myspace pages… but still, if everyone’s page looks identical, it gets boring pretty quick.
  • Create your own lists: that’s what is says, “create your own lists”, but you only get a number of fixed lists you can fill out. Yawn, boring! Favourite movies and music, cool, but inventing your own lists would be just plain wicked and fun. How about “Coolest gigs I visited”, “Blogs that own” (listing your own of course), “Favourite alcoholic beverages”, “Things I cant stand” and “Women I can’t get but wouldn’t mind to… you know”

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. I still have plenty of invites left, so hit me up if you want one.
PC fan, looking neat with a blue light on it oslt

yahoo! for creative commons searches

Yahoo! has just launched a Creative Commons search engine
enabling you to search for freely (re)ussable photo’s, music, art, in whatever production you’re up to.

Excellent!

I can even find my own blog in there, which makes sense since it’s CC licensed, but it doesn’t show my archive.org content just yet, so some finetuning is still in order I guess.

Still, pretty sweet search idea though. This will be a nice way of finding some freely usable images to use in blog posts besides Flickr, although that one really rules because each image is automatically resampled into a range of commonly used sizes.

Talking Flickr, check out these amazing transparent screen pics.