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Yahoo! Messenger 7.5 comes with Ads

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I don’t really mind having ads in applications (Adobe Reader et al), but Yahoo! seems to have taken great ‘care’ to piss me off. New YM client has one big ad banner at bottom, totally obtrusive, distracting and unpleasant, and showing an absolutely useless eBay ad. And I, for one, don’t object to their bundling of Toolbar and Extras, and highjacking my homepage with YM install because I can choose to uncheck that.

I wholeheartedly ensured that I uninstall new YM client and install the old happy-to-live-with YM 7.0 instead. No YM8 beta for sure a(d)s of now.

[Update] Looks like there is a small registry hack to ‘fix’ these ads – just open regedit.exe, navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Yahoo\ pager\ YUrl‘ and create a new string key named Messenger Ad that has the value * (an asterisk). I haven’t tried this yet as I won’t be re-installing YM7.5.

Written by Brajesh

June 28, 2006 at 11:33 am

Posted in advertising, Desktop, Yahoo!

Recovering Forgotten Password

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I’m stumped. Is there any way to avoid resetting user’s old password, without storing passwords in plain-text format in database. Usually passwords are stored as one-way hash (e.g. MD5) in the database. WordPress, phpBB, – all seem to work this way only.

Written by Brajesh

June 22, 2006 at 11:31 am

Posted in Coding

After Digg,, now Reddit spammed

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It seems spammers have found the new avenues. First it was digg, then, and now reddit. And this time they seem to use down-voting bots to suppress legitimate posts and up-vote spam to make it more visible. Innovative eh!

While it doesn’t make much sense to spam for Search Engine Optimization, as its pages don’t get indexed by Search Engine bots

<meta name="robots" content="noarchive,nofollow,noindex" />

digg and reddit both don’t have any such measures AFAIK. As if mail and blog comment spam were not enough of trouble, spamming digg/ is walk in the park – for all practical purposes.

Now, whether ‘Collective Intelligence’ is flawed is a matter of debate. Apparently, whatever is done to facilitate ease of use to the user, equally works for the spammer. There in lies the challenge of user generated content. How insightful!

Written by Brajesh

June 22, 2006 at 11:30 am