Posts Tagged ‘yahoo’
Posted in Web · Tags: yahoo
Posted in Web · Tags: yahoo
Yahoo! Mail now delivers sponsored email. It stays at the top of your mailbox and is can’t be deleted. I call it sponsored spam, because that is how most people are going to view it. They didn’t ask for it or even sign up for it, but there it is in your inbox. Yahoo tried to clean up their email app to be like Gmail and I guess they decided it didn’t work so they are back to their usual stuff. Reminds me how Yahoo Mail for years use to open up a news page instead of your inbox. It also reminds me way back around 2001 they tried to get people to pay for Yahoo Mail by letting the spam filters be horrible for non-paying users. Because before the filters were pretty good, but decided enough people weren’t paying so if you didn’t pay for Yahoo Mail, they decided you didn’t deserve to have their spam filter or at least a good one.
Posted in Web · Tags: ask, bing, google, yahoo
Due to recent statements from Google on net neutrality, privacy and anonymity, I’m beginning to wonder if its a good idea to use one site for everything. After all organizations like WikiLeaks could not exist without anonymity, plus I believe net neutrality is important for information to remain available, the growth of new businesses, services and websites in general. I like many of Google’s products, but I believe it would be best to spread your “data” around. Plus it’s not that hard, many sites use OpenID or don’t require log ins. If you are looking for alternatives to Google, here are some websites to try.
- Web Search
- Image Search
- Video Search
– Too many to list but here are a few
- Zoho Mail
- Yahoo! Mail doesn’t offer for free POP access and forces you to view their news tab first, so I don’t recommend it. However, you probably have one just to use some of their other services.
– Book search one area where Google doesn’t have real competition. The following come close.
- Scholar – Google doesn’t have competition for searching scholarly papers.
- Blog Search
– To be honest I haven’t tried these out, I really only use YouTube for online tutorials.
- Photos (Picasa)
- Zoho has replacements for all of Google Docs (documents, spreadsheets, presentations) and much more. But not only that you can log in via OpenID with one click from different accounts, including your Gmail account.
- Google Reader
- Google Notebook
- Google Earth
- Google Talk
- Google Analytics
Posted in Web · Tags: digg, dzone, yahoo
There are so many web development blogs, tips and tricks coming out every week it’s hard to get around to it all. I use Digg’s API, feeds from CSS Beauty, CSS Vault and many others going through Yahoo! Pipes and then into Google Reader. This helps me get a lot of stuff, but at the same time filter much of the stuff I don’t want out. But I still miss a few good tidbits of information out there.
Yahoo! Buzz is another story promotion site along the same vein as Digg. Yahoo promises a API soon, but their feeds already send the original story link, category and thumbnail in it. They need to add more categories, however I think the site is too general already. Its great for the person that just wants quick general news in a wide range of interests but more categories or a tagging system is needed to filter out much of the same news all around the web.
Dzone is a developer’s focused Digg site. It’s a decent site, despite it doesn’t have enough users or enough high quality data coming in. They have a huge amount of categories which can help you filter out what you want or don’t want. Personally I’d like it if they added the original story link’s to their feeds.
You might think would decrease the number of people that go to the site, but it would increase the number of people that use the site’s feeds. In return the site might become popular enough to get a higher ranking on Google; Thus, advertising revenue would increase, more people would submit stories to get better SEO, more people would login to vote stories up or down to prevent spam and better control the quality of frontpage and to make comments. But of course this is all speculation, but maybe they should just take that chance to see what happens.
Since using Digg’s API, I’ve found myself going to Digg only when there is a good story that I want to read the comments on, when I get really bored and want to see stories in the categories I’m not using the API for. Digg still gets plenty of traffic, despite the fact their API has been released for well over year. Dzone has potential to pick up where Digg left off but for now I’ll think I’ll pass it up.
Posted in Web Development · Tags: code, simplepie, weather, yahoo
SimplePie is a new PHP library made to make parsing RSS feeds easy and fun. Yes I said fun, because its very easy and the docs are well written. RSS is more than just news, it can be images, video and podcasts. Mash up the data however you want, I’ve seen some innovative and unique things done so far. They also offer sample code on making a site like popurls/Original Signal.
Figure I’d share some code I used with SimplePie and a Yahoo Weather RSS feed. I can’t post it all on the homepage as its really long. It does transform and output the data nicely (not any CSS styling but I do calculate the wind direction and some other things). Please note that Yahoo only permits you to use their Weather RSS feed on non-commercial sites.