Friday, September 4, 2009

Open Letter to Yahoo!

This is off topic for this blog, but I need to get it off my chest. I'll try to be civil. At least more civil than LaGarrette Blount.

Dear Yahoo!

I'm kicking you to the curb. I just can't take it anymore. Here's something I know you won't be able to believe, I'm writing this blog using Firefox on a machine running Ubunut 8.04. Really. actually runs in Firefox on Linux. Cool huh? I don't know how they do either. Well, actually I do 'cause I'm not a Steve Balmer boot boy.

That's right, I'm tired of seeing "This Yahoo! application doesn't work on your browser/OS." Do you know what a 'web application' is? Do you? It's an application that runs on the web, not just on IE in Windows. But if you took any time away from sucking up to Microsoft trying to get them to buy your sorry ass to learn anything about the world wide web, HTML, or standards, you'd already know that.

So go ahead and pander to the Microsoft world. Here's some news, Firefox is the most popular browser in Europe. But what do you care. Europe's only got like 830.4 million people. I'm sure you don't need any of that revenue to maintain your distant second place to Google in search engine revenue.

And here's another little piece of news. YOU ARE THE ONLY FANTASY FOOTBALL SITE THAT CHARGES FOR LIVE UPDATES. CBS Sportline? FREE! ESPN?, FREE! FoxSports? FREE! Maybe if you wrote applications that ran across browsers and OSes, you'd generate enough advertising revenue to offer it for free, but until then, I'm not playing your crappy fantasy games either.

And I'm not using your mail application. Trying to make it look like Outlook doesn't make it better. GMail doesn't look like Outlook, but those hackers over at Google innovate. Really innovate, not the fake innovation your potential bed fellows at Microsoft claim to do. They innovate by doing things new and different. Sorta like in the spirit of what the word innovate actually means. I don't know how I tolerated that spam infested Outlook copying piece of garbage for as long as I did.

And Kicked to the curb. And I'm not using your search engine either. Not that it's a bad search engine, it's just that it's not Google. And you are Yahoo! At least your shenanigans make clear how you picked you name.

So you can count me as just one not Windows using potential revenue source that you no longer have. Never ever will enter my browser in any form what so ever. I'm sure I won't be missed. After all, you'll be able to con enough people into using your crap to keep you afloat. I mean, look at all those people who fall for Nigerian phishing scams. I'm sure you look at them as potential clients. Not that targeting Windows users is a bad strategy. Last I checked it's still the most popular OS. Falling like a rock. But still number one. No, it's that targeting Windows users is the least common denominator. Your stuff feels like Google stole all your real developers, and you have to make due with ASP.NET hackers who don't know a COM object from an ActiveX control (Hint, they're the same thing 'cause when COM/OLE failed, Microsoft rebranded it as ActiveX). I don't believe that, it just feels that way when I use, or used to use, your crap. I trust you're doing the best you can. Your best is just not good enough anymore.


Don't know about you, but I feel better :)


Derek said...

My padawan M$-hater, you are now a jedi.....

redDEAD said...

great article