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Posted on 2007.03.14 at 14:00
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I'm a Yahoo! Mail user and have been for years. When I'm between contracts, I always fall back to Yahoo! Mail. I've had Yahoo! Mail for so long, I get many of the perks of a paid account without having to pay for them. I'm grandfathered in most of the changes, and I get new things first. I've also had my Gmail Account since its inception, though I don't use it...I simply reserved my name for the day I choose to use it. That day is not today. Today, I signed up for a payed Yahoo! Mail (Plus) account.

I've begun using the Calendar function of Yahoo! which is turning out to be quite featured. At my client site, we use Exchange, and all our appointments are written to the Outlook Calendar. While nice to have, its a rather retarded attempt at full functionality. I often move things over to my Louts Notes calendar, simply for the option of having a reminder send a text message to my cell phone. I live and die by text reminders. But when I have no availability to Notes, I'm once again lost. What I need is something more intuitive than Outlook, and more accessible than Notes. I've found that in the Yahoo! calendar.

The Contacts within Yahoo! Mail are not without their limitations. I enjoy having my contacts on the web so that no matter where on this green Earth I am, I have access to them, and I like the predictive nature of the "To:" line reading directly from my Contacts. What I'd like to see is the ability to assign multiple email addresses to a single person.

I've also recently upgraded to Yahoo! Mail Beta. I initially shied away from this, as the entire interface was Java driven, and I try to minimize the amount of Java I use on my system, and my Yahoo! Mail is always open. I didn't move over to the Beta version because of the slick new interface, rather for better folder management via drag-and-drop. Unfortunately in both versions the only way to receive notifications of new mail without checking the page is by installing either the Yahoo! toolbar or running Yahoo! Messenger...I refuse to do either.

I'll also likely ramp-up my use of the web-based notepad. Windows notepad and vi are my two oft-used programs, but having these items online will assist me greatly by not having to log-in separately to my Solaris box, drax0r's server, or emailing myself text files.

But mostly I upgraded to get rid of those overly annoying advertisements. I HATE THEM. I'm on the 30-day trial period, and already my life is more calm with the ads gone.


photogoot at 2007-03-14 23:07 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Then it's advertisements which make you angry...
ehowton at 2007-03-15 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
I don't tend to focus on things which make me angry, and no, generally speaking, advertisements don't make me angry, per se, and I understand that Yahoo! needs to subsidize its free service by including banner ads on the page.

However, when the advertisers use javascript to make their ads dance and scroll and jiggle and worse - obscure the text of the page, then yes, that gets my goat. Furthermore, these ads offer impossible deals, a $1.2M mortgage for under $500/month? Puh-lease.
snapper521 at 2007-03-15 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
I've been on yahoo mail since I got on the computer 2 years ago... it has changed slightly over the years, but it's always suited my needs fairly well. :-)

I dont use the calendar feature very often, but when I do it has helped me.

Like to remember my ex'bfs birthday and send him a card... etc...

I use it mostly for birthdays and most of them are also in my moms head so she tells me about them before they get here... she's like a walking talking calendar in and of herself!! :-D
ehowton at 2007-03-15 13:59 (UTC) (Link)
I'm fairly new to the Yahoo! Calendar, but so far it is surpassing my expectations. When I'm in the Beta view of Mail (which is tabbed, BTW - very nice), my daily and/or weekly (depending on how many I have) are constantly updated on a status bar. Quite helpful.
snapper521 at 2007-03-15 04:38 (UTC) (Link)


I love the shoe icon btw... somehow those just... suit you.

They look like somthing you would wear when your out of your "business" clothes and being comfortable. Or trying to look casual.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-03-15 09:16 (UTC) (Link)

Re: shoes

I love the tattoo in your icon. Very pretty.
photogoot at 2007-03-15 10:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: shoes

He is very particular about his shoe wear.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-03-15 07:01 (UTC) (Link)
You can assign multiple email addresses to a single name as well as have your events (and their reminders) text-messaged or even cal your phone, create multiple calendars, make each even private or public (as well as individual calendars), have people emailed reminders as well and the peace de resistance search your events all with Google's calendar, a free service of Google, especially available to Gmail users. Way to go ass! Give money to company who's glory days have long since been over.

btw, the word is spelled paid, not payed.
Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-03-15 09:23 (UTC) (Link)
BTW, the phrase is spelled "pièce de résistance", not "peace de resistance". And it's "whose", not "who's".

No, no, don't thank me. I'm only too happy to be of assistance. :)
ehowton at 2007-03-15 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but have you ever used Gmail? It's like navigating a minefield in rowboat. What you call, 'glory days being long over' I call a mature product. I'm not an early adopter by any stretch of the imagination.

btw, the word is spelled paid, not payed.
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galinda822 at 2007-03-15 14:54 (UTC) (Link)

payed 1 (pād) Pronunciation Key
v. A past tense and a past participle of pay1.

Melancthe the Woe, So-Called
melancthe at 2007-03-15 09:13 (UTC) (Link)
I'm liking the new journal title (the BSG reference in the subtitle makes me LOL), although it doesn't seem that reflective of your journal content, which also has a rich vein of wit and dry humour bubbling beneath the surface (in addition to the more, er, serious content).
photogoot at 2007-03-15 10:45 (UTC) (Link)
I agree....
ehowton at 2007-03-15 13:55 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you ma'am. I'm often accused of being solely empirical when if comes to my view of the world - read, "close minded." And while I eagerly admit to this shortcoming, experience has been an unfailing teacher.

The question I'm most often asked is, "Isn't it likely that with the inclusion of different variables, the outcome will differ each time?"

And that's a good question, really. Unfortunately, my answer is still, "No." Because I generally don't base my view on single events, rather a sampling of various occurrences, over a period of time.

And no matter the variables, people are still always at the root of the equation, and people are cattle. I eat cattle, I don't interact with them.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-03-16 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
When I'm between contracts
I thought you said you didn't to contract work.
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