Monthly Archives: July 2002

Yahoo Mail reset

I have used Yahoo for almost a decade. It wasn’t long ago that I pointed to Yahoo and Google as great successes — sites based on the idea that a simple, functional interface is what users want rather than some fancy Flash application or graphics-heavy site.

But as of today I will avoid like the plague.

Late yesterday I logged into Yahoo Mail and almost dropped to the floor in shock. Instead of seeing my email, a message stared back at me stating that I had not logged in for at least 4 months. My account was disabled and all my mail was deleted! Unbelievable. I regularly log into other sections of Yahoo (the calendar, for example), and it never occurred to me that they would pull something like this on their customers.

Reading over the Terms of Service, all I could find was a vague statement that Yahoo “reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time.” First of all, my account was not inactive, since I regularly log in with my Yahoo ID and do other non-email things, and secondly, I hardly consider 4 months an “extended” period of time. I usually use Yahoo Mail when out of town, so it might be months between trips without my PowerBook.

So why do I care? While traveling in Europe a few years ago, I used Yahoo Mail frequently, at Internet cafes, hotels, and hostels. Much of my communication with people back home went through Yahoo’s servers. It’s all gone now.

(Yes, I should have gotten the important stuff off of Yahoo Mail before now, but they don’t make that easy.)

In the unlikely event that someone working at Yahoo is reading this, hook me up with someone in the data center that can pull backups for me. I need that email back!

I love Amazon Light already.

I love Amazon Light already. Great for when you want to lookup something quickly. I wonder how long it will be before native apps start providing features that use Amazon’s API (or Google’s, for that matter). I’d love a simple OS X app to catalog all my books, for starters. Leveraging the Amazon database would provide instant categorization, etc.

Ward Kimball, one of Disney’s

Ward Kimball, one of Disney’s legendary animators, passed away today. Tom Sito sent an email out that reads:

“Please pause to recall one of the giants of Animation who passed away this morning. WARD KIMBALL- artist, animator, designer, filmmaker, trombone and model train aficionado. He was 88 and had been in poor health from pneumonia since early this year. His achievements as one of the Nine Old Men are the stuff of legend- Jiminy Cricket, The Three Caballeros, Pecos Bill, Toot- Whistle- Plunk and Boom and many, many more. His free spirit and nonconformist attitude in very conformist times demonstrates to generations to come how to work in a administered corporate climate yet remain an artist. I heard that when he was in hospital the other day he was still making jokes about the golf course nearby. He will be missed but he will live on in our collective memory.”

From a thoughtful post:

From a thoughtful post:

“Elastic sites work well because they embrace the ‘Webness’ of the Web…they allow people to interact and communicate with each other as they prefer to do in the real world. Human relationships are elastic in nature. Like a clingy friend, nothing is worse than a needy Web site sucking all of your time away and not letting you spend any time on other sites.”