Yahoo! OUTRAGE!!!

pinkcyclone

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So, if you have logged on to yahoo chat, you will see that they have abandoned java in favour of using their messenger service. A rubbish idea especially when you realise that yahoo chat is now only available on windows computers.

Yes its true - yahoo is abandoning its mac users and doesn't even have plans to upgrade its mac messenger to include the new chat room system windows users have been enjoying for years.

What an utter disgrace! There are at least 20 million mac users out there using the internet, and no doubt a vast majority of those 20 million people will be using yahoo - I know all my friends do.

So I'll be switching to msn until yahoo get their act together and I won't be clicking on any adverts in yahoo, nor will I be telling any of my friends about yahoo.

I'll be using it as little as possible in protest to their ignorance.

So do the same - make them suffer for their ignorance and maybe they will learn that they can't just cut off millions of users without consequence!
 

pinkcyclone

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Well I've never been one to moan and do nothing so I've downloaded the latest version of fire. It's a multi-im client that can connect you with all your favourite im networks (msn yahoo) so you can connect to all your yahoo! friends without using yahoo.

http://fire.sourceforge.net/
 

nixgeek

Mac of the SubGenius! :-)
While I haven't checked how well it supports Yahoo Messenger's other features, Adium does the job for me. It's a multi-protocol IM client like Trillian and Gaim and has a lot of nice features that Yahoo might not have.

You might never want to use the Yahoo client again. I haven't for years now thanks to Gaim on Linux & Windows and Adium on Mac OS X.
 

pinkcyclone

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Thanks for that! I'm downloading it now and I'll give it a try.

Until I switched to the mac, I used yahoo and msn all the time and one thing I will note is that neither have adverts on the mac messenger, nor does yahoo mac have the stupid bt communicator (in the uk) which means the program size is considerably smaller and FASTER and much MUCH less intrusive! You could even go as far as saying they have taken the bloat out of their im's for the mac.
 

texanpenguin

Registered Penguin
The only thing I ever use Yahoo for is its cross-platform video chat (iChat to AIM chats are flaky for me) and pool (which is still Java).

That feature does not work in Adium. I now use iChat for everything (including Jabber for MSN)
 

sinclair_tm

wow, 1.4g is way faster!
i have never used yahoo. all my friends are on aim (ichat) or msn, both of which work fine for me on the mac. now there is a google talk, which app is win only, but they do have very detailed instructions on how to set up ichat to talk to your google talk friends. and it works for the most part. but it does have a habit of logging you off every 10-15min if none of your friends are on. but it is still beta.
 

pinkcyclone

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Well I sent my little rant to yahoo and they gave me a reply - how helpful!!!

Hello,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Messenger.

Due to our ongoing efforts to enhance the user experience, Java-based
chat is no longer available from Yahoo! Chat (or Yahoo! Groups). We are
focusing on improvements to this service using the latest Yahoo!
Messenger chat technology, which the majority of our users prefer and is
available today. We have no plans to bring back the Java-based Chat.

Unfortunately the cancelletion of Java-based Chat will cause issues for
our Mac users. Although there is a DHTML version available, this version
does not work with Firefox. It only works with Internet Explorer. IE is
no longer supported by Mac. The other option available for accessing
chat is through Yahoo! Messenger, unfortunately, the version of
Messenger for Mac does not support chat.

We recognize that this is an inconvenience for all of our Mac users, we
are working on a solution for Mac users of Yahoo! Messenger now, however
we have no estimated date for this upgrade.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Customer Care.
 

davebz

Mac or bust
I use Adium quite a bit, but I still have to load iChat for video conference. Supposedly the Adium team is working on integrating video, but alas, NEI (Not Enough Information) about when it will be in an update.
 

ApeintheShell

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The reason I don't like Yahoo! and MSN is because they favor Windows PCs for software development. We get features that should be normal much later on. If it weren't for Apple's iChat messenger than we wouldn't be able to use audio/video chat.
 

Gig'

Listen2BobMarley
I use Adium quite a bit, but I still have to load iChat for video conference. Supposedly the Adium team is working on integrating video, but alas, NEI (Not Enough Information) about when it will be in an update.
Using adium too here and discovered not so long ago that skype allows macuser to video chat with pc users give it a try ..
 

knight885

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I use Adium, and I've recently dumped Yahoo Mail in favour of Google Mail, because the latter is faster, has more features and isn't riddled with bugs. Yahoo also have a habit of kicking FireFox users off the new Yahoo Mail for seemingly random reasons, I can't really be bothered with Yahoo at all.
 

flipflopdiva

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I agree 100% with knight885. I was exclusively a Yahoo mail user for 5+ years, but as soon as gmail came out I realized all of Yahoo's shortcomings because gmail has done everything so much better - I find myself getting irritated now with any email system (including my Outlook-based work email) that doesn't group messages in threads!

The Yahoo Beta Mail is trying to integrate some of the good gmail features, but it is so slow on my Mac that I immediately stopped using it. I have now 95% switched to using gmail exclusively and recommend it to everyone.

I also stopped using AIM and Google Chat in favor of Adium, which I have been thrilled with - my fave feature is the grouping of all IMs in a single tabbed box - no more cluttered screen.
 

contoursvt

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The reason I don't like Yahoo! and MSN is because they favor Windows PCs for software development. We get features that should be normal much later on. If it weren't for Apple's iChat messenger than we wouldn't be able to use audio/video chat.
In all fairness, 99% of their business probably comes from windows PC's so its a lot cheaper to just hire a windows dev team. Apple is the underdog so I would think that apple should be the one offering some kind of windows compatability tools to help in these kinds of situations.

If I had a company making ummm lets say fiberglass car bumpers and the majority of my business came from GM cars and only a small percentage from Ford cars but the cost of making the actual mold that I use to create the bumpers were the same (same work involved to make them), then I'd be inclined to just take the slight amount of lost business but at the same time save money not making the molds - or in this case with the software companies, they dont have to have the dev team so the cost of not paying the team probably cancels out any lost sales.

Its the same thing for Linux flavours and other non MS operating systems. I'm not sure if Wine works well in OSX but maybe that can be used to run some small windows apps no?
 

Satcomer

In Geostationary Orbit
In all fairness, 99% of their business probably comes from windows PC's so its a lot cheaper to just hire a windows dev team.
So you are saying since they have cut all non-Windows systems (they even cut out Windows users using Firefox, how stupid) they should not develop for web standard, Web 2.0 versions? This is chicken, egg kind of argument. You want to qualify Yahoo's Web 1.0 stance, how '90's of you!
 

contoursvt

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So you are saying since they have cut all non-Windows systems (they even cut out Windows users using Firefox, how stupid) they should not develop for web standard, Web 2.0 versions? This is chicken, egg kind of argument. You want to qualify Yahoo's Web 1.0 stance, how '90's of you!
Thats not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying that they may have a software version may have all kinds of nonstandard stuff in their code and as long as its running on windows and they are really not losing any revenue by supporting only windows, then they have zero motivation to spend money changing it. No business out there changes stuff because of the goodness of their heart. Its money driven.
 
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