Jeremy Zawodny, Yahoo employeers, turns against his own company’s deployment strategy in a cry out against Yahoo’s software-bundling (“bundling is evil”, as Nathan Weinberg puts it). For the sake of Yahoo, I hope Jeremy gets a stronger voice within the company. Often, they’re headed in another direction than him, but their direction is a dead end in a Web 2.0 landscape. If you want to do the right thing, go for pull, not push (allow users to make their own choices instead of doing spam, pop-unders, bundling, forced upgrades, automatic updates, etc.). [Via Nathan.]
Yahoo War is similar to Googlefight; enter two terms (like [Beatles] vs [Rolling Stones]), and let them battle it out with their page-count.
On a side-note, at the time I tried, Yahoo War didn’t defend itself against HTML injections, but displays user input unfiltered right on the front-page... see my screenshot. [Via SEW.]
Interesting; VisitorVille now offers a free version of their web statistics software. (Also, there is a new version around the corner – VisitorVille 3D!)
The “Chat 2 teh internet” web site lets you – nicknamed “puny human” – talk to the whole internet. The idea is similar to this blog’s Egobot – questions are parsed, and following specific algorithms, answers are taken from search engines. [Via the B3ta newsletter.]
SharpDevelop is a free, open source replacement for Microsoft Visual Studio so you can easily create .NET projects using C# and other languages. (SharpDevelop itself is written in C#, too.)
The setup is quite straight-forward. Note in order to open a .NET solution, you need to import it (you can’t just open it in SharpDevelop).
The program looked very promising, but then I had several (and completely unexpected) crashes, for example when I closed a help window, or when I clicked “OK” after a SharpDevelop import conversion process (there was no error message, but the application simply turned dead). After every crash, all settings were lost and I had to re-configure the program. My third crash in under 10 minutes was when I just wanted to close the program so my settings got saved. My colleague told me he experiences similar crashes on his computer, but I will give this another try on a different computer.
[Thanks Markus Renschler.]
Update: About a month later, I tried this on a totally different computer. It first shows off some strange usability, and then also crashed.
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