Monthly Archives: June 2006

It’s Cooler to Work at Yahoo?

In case we needed proof, Valleywag delivers it today with Why it’s cooler to work at Yahoo than Google:

Googlers are so damn uppity. Oh, they act all laid back, but then you’re chatting around the cafeteria and you name-drop, like, Arrested Development, and they’re all “Oh I don’t have a TV.” Or if they do, the Tivo’s stuck on “Battlestar Galactica.”

For the counterpoint, go ahead and check out why Google is more fun than Yahoo.

Yahoo! Messenger for Mac Beta

This afternoon we launched a public beta of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0. According to my information, our last Mac release was in September 2003, or almost 3 years ago! This release is basically an all-new client and should hopefully show that we’re back in the Mac business. I know there is a lot planned for this client, so we should keep the Mac support getting better with each release.

I’m on the lookout for interesting reviews of the new release. TechCrunch had this to say:

Its feature set is interesting, but it appears to lack two of the PC version’s most compelling qualities: VOIP and the growing library of plugins built on the recently released software development kit.

Those points are valid. This isn’t exactly a “catch-up” release, but the Mac client will inevitably be compared to the Windows client which has pushed a lot of innovative changes lately. But, I’m glad we released the beta now and hopefully subsequent releases will keep Mac users excited about it.

Read more on or Technorati.

New Mac PowerBook

Don’t know if I’m really ready for a full-blown “switch“, but I recently bought from a friend at work his old PowerBook G4. (He joined practically every other Mac user I know in buying a new MacBook Pro, so I’m benefiting from his castoff.)

I’ve been a Mac users off an on, but have never owned a decent one like this. There is no shortage of Mac users at work, so I’m getting the scoop on the “must have” software applications. This weekend’s trip to Gnomedex will be a good test as I go Windows-free for several days (which, for some reason, reminds me of a Ted Ferguson skit).

Gnomedex 2006

I’m looking forward to the Gnomedex conference starting this Thursday in Seattle. In 2004 I attended the 4th Gnomedex in Lake Tahoe, but missed last year’s event. I’m really not sure what to expect this year…Gnomedex is always a great technology conference and it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like with the lineup of speakers/discussion leaders they’ve signed up. It sounds like there are some other folks from Yahoo coming and possibly a Yahoo-sponsored dinner, so it should be a great work and networking weekend.


Yahoo! Messenger 8 Beta

This Monday night we released the beta for Yahoo! Messenger 8.0. This release has the usual set of UI improvements and feature changes here and there, but the big news is that Messenger is now opened up for developers. We’ve added support for two types of plug-ins: Tab plug-ins load in the lower part of the main application window while Conversation plug-ins load on the side of a 2-way IM conversation. The Yahoo Developer Network has all the details including the Messenger SDK. We’re also part of the beta Gallery site which will host plug-ins written by Yahoo and 3rd-party developers.

Plug-ins are basically HTML pages that can either be bundled and run locally or from a remote web host. These should be very similar to developing Widgets, but you’ll have the benefit of being hosted inside an IM client. We have some interesting interfaces exposed, like changing status, communicating to others on your buddy list with the same plugin, accessing the address book, and even initiating PC-to-PC or PC-to-PSTN phone calls.

The most interesting plug-ins will take advantage of the buddy list and relationships you’ve already established. I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with.

This release also followed our recent PR trend of pre-briefing several “influencers” prior to the launch. There’s a good example on Stowe Boyd’s blog (where you can even see my Amazon wish list used as an example).