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Yahoo Is The New Microsoft February 3, 2014

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Again Yahoo tries to fuck it’s users, today Yahoo FORCED me to switch MyYahoo page to their new system. Obviously their new system sucks, why, I ask, can’t you let users keep a service they’re happy with, why not give them a choice? No, fuck the users, our way or the highway. Look at what happened to Quark after they refused to listen to their users. I’m a big fan of Marissa Mayer and what she’s done there, but this is the latest in a long series of updates that are worse then the original with no choice in the matter. All they have to do is read their user feedback to hear that people just don’t like the new systems. I liked my old Yahoo Mail, and I liked my old My Yahoo, hate the new ones, I’ve been a Yahoo user for 14 long years now, but if they can’t listen to what the people want, I think I need to start searching for alternatives. Their Yahoo blog about the “Upgrade” concludes, “as always, we welcome your feedback!” To which, I call bullshit. How exactly do you expect me to provide you with feedback? There’s no way to contact Yahoo, their own blog has comments turned off. They don’t really want to know what you think, they just want the appearance of listening. What matters to them is one thing only, ad revenue. Well guess what yahoo, no users, no revenue. Greed doesn’t work. Stupid and greedy don’t work. Stupid greedy, and unresponsive will never work. How can they not know this? What a great opportunity for some young startup to be the next yahoo (small y). Yahoo is Microsoft. Unyielding, unresponsive, uncaring. Yahoo search is Bing search. The new MyYahoo is Surface. Suck. I need a new homepage, google killed igoogle, now yahoo doesn’t want me anymore, I’m open to suggestions from the peanut gallery. FAIL.

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Weather Channel My Yahoo Fail September 26, 2011

Posted by weare1 in comedy, commentary, Internet, its all about me, questions, rant, yahoo.
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MyYahoo! pays to get their weather data from the weather channel.  Everyday the weather sensor where I live gets hit by sprinklers causing it to say it’s raining when it isn’t.  I’ve been notifying both yahoo and TWC about this issue for over four years now multiple multiple times.  I’m getting really sick of being ignored by large uncaring corporations that don’t care about their own products.  It’s no wonder Yahoo is failing so miserably.  This isn’t rocket science, it’s weather, it would take someone five minutes to fix, but nobody wants to deal with problems and of course neither Yahoo nor TWC even have a functioning customer service dept.  When these companies wonder how they squandered such a huge lead in their industries we can look back at this post and the thousands like it and wonder why they continued to do nothing.  If I was a yahoo or NBC shareholder (thankfully I’m not) and read this I would be super pissed at management.  After all is said and done this is a management fail.

I accidentally tweeted accuweather about this issue and I couldn’t believe how responsive they were, they got back to me within an hour, as opposed to Yahoo and TWC ignoring multiple emails and tweets over four years.  Four years!  Yahoo should drop TWC which obviously doesn’t care about providing accurate weather information, and hire accuweather, because getting the weather right on your landing page should be a high priority.  FYI Google and Bing manage to get the weather right.

The Apple Is Rotting March 11, 2011

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Steve’s not gone for five minutes before they start up with the old greedy tricks again. Apple’s done it again by charging $5 for their compiler. Do they hope to increase their bottom line $5 at a time from DEVELOPERS?! Or maybe they just want to alienate their developers. Or maybe they want to discourage the next great developer from writing the next great thing for their platform. Hello Apple, you WANT developers.  Repeat until understood; Developers are not a profit center!

Those of you that are old school remember when Steve left (got kicked out) in the mid 80’s and what happened to Apple then; They produced marketing limited computers, and shoddy overpriced products. Straight up, they got lazy and greedy. Lest us not forget that it was Apple during this time that invented the mandatory operating system upgrade, now standard industry practice for revenue generation (greed.)

Maybe their success with their AppStore went to their head, and they think that now they don’t need developers, or that they can be treated poorly, or even milked for revenue.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  Apple’s distribution costs are essentially zero, I just don’t understand this decision at all.  I understand the people running the company now are MBA’s just like Scully was, it’s so obvious.  While the street might say that you need MBA’s to run this company, it’s painfully obvious they want to run it into the ground by milking every drip of revenue from it they can.  They know nothing about sustainability or innovation.

Apple you’re going in the wrong direction again. Charging for your development platform has to be the stupidest decision in the modern computer business. You should, in addition to reverting the compiler back to free, go one step further and either continue to support your older operating systems like 10.4 or offer upgrades for free. Making operating systems essentially a subscription service might apparently help your bottom line, but you risk losing customers. If your competitors weren’t lazier and more greedy then you, then you might have real competition; Rest assured at some point in time it will happen. Lets hope by then you’re not too fat, lazy, and greedy to change.

Another Massive Microsoft Fail February 6, 2010

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The fact that Microsoft didn’t turn the Xbox into a media center which we proved it could be great at, was one of the largest mistakes in the history of technology which amazingly they are repeating with their 360 product. They are more concerned about making sure their box doesn’t get hacked then making sure their customers get the most out of their box. Once one of these dumb (I’m looking at you Sony who lost the complete control of the console market, but also made the same media center mistake) companies figures out that the homebrew community can improve their product, and has better software engineers then they do, and is willing to open their product will have massive success, because the people have spoken. We know what we want, the companies know what we want but for some reason are unwilling to provide it. The fact that Microsoft was greedy about their box will doom them to failure. Because our XBMC community was unable to use the 360 we switched to the Mac and Linux platforms, which we are going to use as our media centers thus depriving Microsoft of their beloved “Microsoft Tax.” They could have owned this market segment which will grow and grow, but because they chose to milk their consoles for profitability over usability they lose. Management in America is very short sighted.

Stress Poll August 6, 2009

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You Do Not Have Health Insurance « The Baseline Scenario August 6, 2009

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You Do Not Have Health Insurance « The Baseline Scenario

United Breaks Guitars July 7, 2009

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YouTube – United Breaks Guitars

The Uninsured Subsidize The Insured May 24, 2009

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In America we have two health care systems, one for the insured and one for the uninsured.  They are exactly the same in every way except one, price.  If an insured person goes to an emergency room and requires a bandage their insurance company is charged the insured rate, say $20.  Now if an uninsured person goes to the same emergency room and got the same bandage they would be billed about 20 times more then the other’s insurance company, $400 in this case.  Both people need the bandage, why should the uninsured person pay more in effect subsidizeing the insured person?  Is this fair?  Clearly not.  Yet, this is what is happening day in and day out in hospitals throughout this country.  We need change, and we need it yesterday.  If you’re not outraged then you’re not paying attention.

Yahoo craps on itself! July 14, 2008

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This company is incompetent.  They literally owned the Internet, they had huge market share, and through complete lack of innovation, they gave it to Google.  Today Yahoo! took the one last good thing they had (My Yahoo) and FORCED users to switch to some new 2.0 version, which to put it mildly, sucks ass.  Why wouldn’t they give users a choice?  Can’t afford the disk space?  Really?  They had a product I was mostly happy with and ruined it.  Nice going dipshits.  Do these guys own google stock or what?  How is it it possible that one of the biggest companies in the valley hasn’t made any significant changes to their core site in years (other then ruin the few things that worked well?  They have hundreds of employees and millions of dollars of market cap, what do these people do all day?  I know it’s not customer service, you would know that too if you ever tried to get any out of them.  They hide their phone numbers, and don’t even have email support.  They make you fill in forms which are auto-handled (incorrectly) and ignored.  Yahoo had to go out and buy innovation (Flickr), and even then they didn’t always do a good job.  So by switching me to your lame my yahoo 2.0 you are dead to me now Yahoo.  I thought it was My Yahoo, apparently not.

A New Way Of Working November 11, 2007

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What if there was a law requiring management salaries to be no more then double the average worker’s salary?  Ladies and gentlemen we would see across the board increases in wages, a more robust economy, and greater tax revenues.  Why won’t we ever see this sort of thing?  Because the people in power make ungodly amounts more then the workers they hire, and will do everything in their power to keep it that way.  Unless and until workers vote in large numbers and demand significant campaign finance reforms we will never see this here in our country, even though it would be in our national interest.  Something to think about.