Why isn’t Yahoo! or Google providing free IMAP?

I was looking around this evening for a provider of free IMAP and found that neither of the two biggies offers it. Yahoo! is especially interesting given that they support folders and such in their web email interface. However if you move items from your inbox to any other folder you lose your ability to get the mail via POP3 hence the desire for IMAP.

Who offers free IMAP support and 2GB of storage? AOL of all places via aim.com. Not only is AOL leading Yahoo! and Google in this one specific area but their calendar application is leaps and bounds above the ancient calendar that Yahoo! offers. Their web email application is also hot on the heels of Yahoo!’s beta offering. It’s pretty disappointing to see Yahoo! really crawling in these areas. Pipes is fantastic but I use email and calendaring far more often.

I’m holding out hope that when Apple finally releases the iPhone that Yahoo! will start offering IMAP to everyone (or at the very least subscribers to their “plus” services in addition to iPhone users).

It’s been awhile

It’s been a really long time since my last posting. Almost a year in fact and from that point until now I’ve been kicking myself on a daily basis that I’m not writing. I always have things flying through my head but I’ve decided to write much more consistently as part of my adaptation of the GTD methodology onto the handling of my life. The most important aspect of GTD is getting things out of your head and into a trusted system so that you have time to think about the big, important stuff. Well…thats what I’m doing here really on multiple levels. I want to get the ideas flying around inside my head written down somewhere so that the trivial stuff is just gone and the important stuff is “on paper” with more brain cells available to process that important stuff further (and then write more down). It’s quite a change to how I have been doing things (read: chaos) so I’m hoping that it works. At the very least it imposes discipline. Of all things I need that the most.

Yahoo! *sucks*

No offense but why the hell run a website if you aren’t going to support what you write and manage? I’ve had two absolutely awful experiences with “support” of two different Yahoo products…one of which I pay for and one which I don’t.

The pay-for incident is with Yahoo Music Engine and the Yahoo Unlimited music service. For starters their player is absolutely awful and they made it worse with the second release and the fugly theme/skin/whatever. But what really pisses me off is their incredible lack of notification of changes to the system either on their website or in the application itself.

Example: I had quite a few Eagles tunes in my playlist. One day I started the application and tried to play one of the songs and nothing happened. Tried agian and there was just a short flash on the screen and then nothing. No error messages. Just a whole lot of nothing. I try a few other songs with the same results. No errors…no nothing. I go into the Unlimited catalog and find that now every single Eagles song is only available as a 30 second sample. Nowhere can I find any information about this so I finally write to their tech support. The response I received indicated that a cookie was corrupt in Internet Explorer (its embedded in their music player). I was told to delete all cookies and try again. Of course I’m thinking this is bullshit but I try anyway with the same results. I respond to the support email and now about 2 weeks later I still have not heard back from the simple question asked of “is the Eagles catalog no longer available for streaming?”

This isn’t the first time this has happened either. I’ve routinely had stuff in my playlist no longer play only to find out that the song is only available as a 30 second sample but available for purchase…just not streaming. At the time I just assumed it was 1.0 quality software.

Whoever is writing this software, and furthermore running the music service as a whole, really needs to learn how to write software properly and how to keep their customers informed of changes like this. Its a nightmare and I’m getting exactly what I’m paying. With cheap service comes a real lack of customer service. They can keep it…..I didn’t have these problems with Rhapsody.

What else is Yahoo doing to piss me off? Not supporting Intellisync for Yahoo. I realize its a freebie but for crying out loud provide some support for the application. It refuses to connect to my main Yahoo account tho it works just fine with one of my sub-accounts. Yes I’ve verified the account and password. After writing support I get a note back telling me basically to go to hell. Why are you people even bothering with this crap if you’re not going to support it????

RedHat/JBoss – does Charles Babcock know what he is actually writing about?

I just read an article titled "Red Hat Seizes An Opening" in the 4/17 issue of Information Week in which Charles Babcock talks about whether the Red Hat/JBoss merger is enough to do battle with the likes of IBM, etc. He harps on several things that annoy me because they really are non-issues. For instance:

"The JBoss stack doesn't have its own webserver"

Neither does Websphere or Oracle Application Server. They're both based on Apache. Is there some reason why Apache isn't also suitable for use as a web server in the RH/JB stack? That being said JBoss has their own web server project in the works so what is the issue?

He also notes that the JBoss stack doesn't have its own ESB. Given the open source nature of both Red Hat and JBoss I see no reason why using one of the open source ESBs such as Mule is not an option. The article claims that JBoss is writing their own. Not sure I understand why they would do that given the availability of projects like Mule but even given that there are open source ESBs available for use in the RH/JB stack.

Seems like a bunch of noise to me. I wonder why they call this garbage journalism.

My own DailyWTF

Today I was going through some Java code that was basically a straight port from VB 6 to make sure the functionality was there. During my review I came across the following:

In a private method:

int[] qtrMonths = {0,0,0,0};
for (int i=0;i<4;i++)
qtrMonths[i] = ((i+1)*3)-2;

Notice that the only variable that changes is the counter “i” 🙂

Wonder what the original VB guy was thinking on this one.

Hacked

So some jackass broke into my server at home and apparently did something to it yet I still can’t figure out what. I tried logging into the machine yesterday only to find my passwords all reset. Apparently the asshat responsible wasn’t too smart because the disabled Admin account was still useable from safe mode (Win2k3 box….yes it was patched).

So for now I’ve moved my blog to WordPress.com until I can figure out what I am going to do with it. Not sure I want to bother hosting it at home anymore because its not worth the effort involved to keep a server running just for a nice domain name pointing to a blog. Time will tell I guess but at least I can use WordPress for free here and updates are done automatically which is real nice.

Jason