Entries Tagged as 'Yahoo'

Yahoo! Web hosting gone unlimited

ma_smbiz_1.gif Yahoo! looks like they’re setting up to try to steal market share from other hosting providers. They’ve gone and made their hosting plan, $11.95 per month for unlimited space, email, and bandwidth. Obviously, the catch is that the “unlimited” language is actually not truly unlimited but more on the level that it grows to fit small businesses.
Since Yahoo! figures that small businesses shouldn’t get extreme traffic patterns, I’m willing to bet that a site like Digg would probably be a bit out of this range. In fact, any social network type hosting would be out. But this is still a pretty good steal of a deal if you realize that you get what you pay for. And it is shared hosting, so don’t be surprised if your website response time isn’t exactly sub zero-ping.
Will this make me jump ship? Probably not. But it might be useful for future reference considering it’s MYSQL with unlimited databases, and FreeBSD/Apache servers along with 200 user accounts for FTP. And you get phone support. Hmm. Unfortunately, they don’t provide a migration path to VPS or dedicated servers so growth is limited when staying with the same host.

Yahoo! Shortcuts Beta

yahooshortcuts.gif Yahoo! has recently released a WordPress plugin called Yahoo! Shortcuts into beta.
This plugin takes all that is beautiful from Yahoo! and places it within reach of your blog. Basically what it does is it allows you to enhance blog posts with pictures from Flickr, and the search and maps and other parts of Yahoo! itself. Then you can use that content to enhance your posts. Personally, I’m not fond of the whole Intellitext type links, but the embedding of images and useful information as badges is definitely a “fall in love at first sight” type of blogging tool.
I definitely recommend playing with this. Let me put it this way. It doesn’t hurt anything and makes your posts a lot more user friendly. So why not?

The cost of doing business in the world market

Everyone knows about the recent little legal issue where Yahoo and the wife of a Chinese business journalist, Shi Tao, whom got jailed after Yahoo compiled with the Chinese government in handing over information.
While they have since settled, a lot of world-wide businesses have been watching and paying attention to what Yahoo would do. After pondering it some, I decided to not weigh in at 8Asians of which I am a writer and where there has been some debate about the subject, and went with voicing my opinion here.
This problem is two-fold, no matter what anyone says. The first issue is if there is a global right to democracy. If this was a perfect world, and businesses also fell under the same guidelines of the United States protecting all things democratic, then I would say that Yahoo was in the wrong. A business journalist in a major non-US world power spoke out against his government. That’s to be commended although the Communist government didn’t have any problems with throwing this guy in jail for ten years. I mean, let’s face it. If someone leaked information that was internal to the U.S. government and spoke out against the government, you would probably be on some list somewhere, and worst case charged with treason depending on what you actually did.
The second is doing business world-wide. It’s ridiculous to think that Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Apple, or any other United States based business should have to be subject to this farce. They complied with laws set by the hosting government. I’m sure Yahoo didn’t expect it to become such the PR nightmare that it did, but that’s what happens with doing business in an emerging market where the government acts differently than anything else you’re used to… especially an East meets West scenario. In all mannerisms of speaking, the settlement just made Yahoo that much more attractive here since they also played the compassionate firm that cares. The problem here is not only that the Chinese government has pretty much a lot more control over how a business is operated in China, but it’s not about democracy nor rights. It’s about business. And going in there with that in mind, any other CEO would have made the same choice since complying beats getting thrown out of doing business in that country.
So was it wrong for Yahoo to not fight for the little guy? Sure. On the grander scheme of things, if all things in the world were perfect, Yahoo should have stepped up and fought it tooth and nail. But the world isn’t a perfect place, and one has to protect the business’ bottom line. Complying with the law is simply what the shareholders would have looked for Yang and team to do. Funny thing about that, but Yahoo’s senior staff does indeed answer to shareholders just as every other publicly traded company does.
Would you have done any different? With what I’ve read about the issue, I probably wouldn’t have.

Sitemaps are now autodiscovered by major search engines

Ever since Yahoo joined forces with Google and Microsoft in creating sitemaps.org, they have been pondering a way to autodetect sitemaps without having the webcrawlers crawl everywhere to find it.
Now they’ve come up with a brilliant solution. Add to you robots.txt file:
Sitemap: http://www.example.com/sitemap.xml
Where example.com is your URL. This way, all search engines are using a universal standard and will be able to crawl more efficiently and update your sites in the search engines more quickly.
Via YahooSearch

Phishing for the lottery

It’s strange to note that in the last couple of weeks, I noticed a very interesting pattern of lottery phishing e-mails. One was that most of the e-mails talked about winning the UK lottery. Why specifically United Kingdom, I have no clue.
The other was that every email I’ve ran across has a return email of yahoo.com or yahoo.com.uk.
Just curious, but Yahoo? Could someone there do something about it and track down where these are going? It’s strange that they don’t find random emails but specifically target Yahoo as the drop zones. Not that I’m complaining since I’ve won about $48 million pounds every other day for the last three weeks, but somehow I don’t think it’s good for the British treasury to pay me that much in such a short time, ya know?