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Yahoo BOSS Hates Windows!

By on Aug 5, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

This post is not about Mr. Jerry Yang hating Steve Ballmer. This post is about Yahoo’s BOSS framework (or the engineer behind it; precisely, Vik Singh) hating microsoft. It looks like hating Microsoft is the ‘in’ thing these days. Anyway, I totally dislike the Question Answer Service created on top of Yahoo BOSS. I tried entering few simple questions and it gave me totally vague answers. Frustrated with the service, I typed “Why does this service suck?” in the qusetion box and got following answer (see screenshot) – Looks like Vik Singh hates windows. 🙂 Or is that some clever hardcoding in just 50 lines of code he wrote to create this service?...

Why do people hate Microsoft & Windows?

By on Apr 3, 2008 in Wisdom | 3 comments

I’ve noticed this at lot of places: Blogs, User comments, Canteen Conversations, Meetings etc. People love to hate Microsoft & its operating system – Windows. You’ll hear this a lot if you are surrounded by abunch of IT engineers – “Windows is not stable”. So, once upon a time, I had asked this simple question to one of them “Can you tell me why its not stable?”.  The answer that I got wasn’t convincing. The IT guy had replied “It crashes so many times”. I’ve used Windows 98, XP & now I’ve Vista Business. None of them ever crashed. No, I’m not an ‘average’ user. I’ve ‘played’ with the system and it worked well. Another thing you’re likely to hear when surrounded by bunch of software engineers is – “Windows does not give you complete control over...

Xobni – doesn’t impress me.

By on Feb 16, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

The world is going ga-ga over the email once again. Ever since javascript & AJAX started powering the web pages, there’s been a flood of companies wanting to do something ‘new’ to the rich internet applications. Google launched its Gmail, Zimbra came up with Zimbra Collaboration Suite and others are following the trend. Yahoo too, launched its AJAX powered webmail few days ago. While the world moves from desktop applications to rich internet applications, there are still few companies that believe in the power of desktop applications. Xobni (its Inbox reversed!) is one of them, in my opinion. Take a look at Xobni’s demo video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYwNhyvCmuo No doubt Xobni has introduced a good set of features. However, how often and how many of us are really going to need them? Let’s take the ‘extracting phone numbers from...

Yahoo’s Unlimited Web Hosting

By on Feb 13, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

So, Yahoo! Inc. which claims that they host more number of web sites than any other web hosting company, has introduced a dream plan – unlimited bandwidth, unlimited web space & unlimited email storage for $11.95. Earlier, you’d get about 5Gb of web space, 200 Gb of bandwidth and 200 email accounts, each with 2Gb storage. That too, was a good plan. But should you rush to Y! for web hosting? Read on… Root Access: Yahoo! WH does not provide root access to its servers. This is done mainly for the security reasons. I was happy with this until I came to know the power & advantages of having root access to your server. As an advanced user, you’d always prefer root (or shell) access to your server. Control Panel: Yahoo! WH has its own customized control panel for web administrators. I think its not as powerful and easy as the industry standard C-panel....

Microsoft wants Yahoo : Google – What you gonna do?

By on Feb 1, 2008 in Wisdom | 0 comments

As this report from Bloomberg says, the world’s biggest software maker – Microsoft is all set to buy the world’s biggest Internet property – Yahoo!. Steve Ballmer – Microsoft’s CEO is now attempting world’s biggest technology take over. Now that I’ve decided to talk about this news on Superblog, you might want to think how important is this deal to the internet users and Yahoo’s shareholders. First of all, it seems to me that Yahoo! Inc. isn’t doing very well financially. They decided to cut nearly 1000 jobs to save the costs (what else could be the other reason?).  For Microsoft, with its infinite cash obtained by selling Windows,  this is a wonderful opportunity. For Microsoft (& Yahoo too) haven’t been able to kick Goog’s a$$ in the Internet search business. Even the traffic statistics for this blog show...