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Yahoo! Mail Lets Me Hide Adverts

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Hide AdvertsUseful feature especially when you need to widen email body, which is pretty often. If only gmail lets me do that without having to resort to greasemonkey.

Written by Brajesh

May 12, 2007 at 8:43 am

Robots-Nocontent for Page Sections

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From my relatively little but significant “web-crawling” experience, one of the major problems is to scavenge meaningful content from the page- which requires that no navigation crap,  menus,  javascript and adverts should be indexed. Since there is no standard way web-devs design navigation, menus etc. it is impossible to code a parser that works 100% and is a big PITA.
However this piece on Yahoo! Search Blog is welcome news

webmasters can now mark parts of a page with a ‘robots-nocontent’ tag which will indicate to our crawler what parts of a page are unrelated to the main content and are only useful for visitors.

If the trend catches on, and becomes a standard (has to get Google’s support), it would be greatly helpful.

Written by Brajesh

May 3, 2007 at 9:47 am

Posted in Coding, Search, Trends, Yahoo!

Yahoo vs Google 5-0?

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NYTimes : Yahoo!’s Consistency vs Google’s ‘Wow’.

Yahoo! vs Google

Surprise of the day – even something as uninspiring as Yahoo! 360 is 17 times bigger than Google’s Orkut. Something as useful as GTalk deserves better figures.

(Graphics Source: NYTimes)

Written by Brajesh

July 25, 2006 at 8:14 pm

Posted in Google, Statistics, Yahoo!

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!

Getting Yahoo! Mail Beta

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Yahoo! Mail Beta

Yahoo! mail beta has been talked about much. So I was waiting to get my hands on it. It didn't come the straighter way, but through a trick mentioned at GoogleOS blog.

To get Yahoo Mail Beta, just switch your content preference to Germany, France or UK. Then you will be asked if you want to join the beta when you log into your Yahoo Mail. Say yes, and join the beta. Then from the options menu, change your content preference what it was before. Then go to Yahoo Mail again. You should see Yahoo Beta. If you don't see it, go to options and click "Try Beta" button. That's all.

Somehow, UK wasn't available, so I had to max out my linguistic skills to wade through Yahoo! German :-).

Willkommen zu der Beta-Version des neuen Yahoo! Mail!

I'm on Yahoo! mail beta now. The new Yahoo! mail is yet far from finish though. The interface looks slick, but loads a bit slowly, and I even got one alert window (usually placed for debugging etc). So it's alright that yahoo! is rolling it out slowly. The Outlook-ish three-pane view is the highlight of the new service, and it works perfectly on Firefox.

Written by Brajesh

April 25, 2006 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Web 2.0, Yahoo!