Yahoo Mail keeps changing their system -- and to be honest, the results are infuriating. I don't mind the ads (after all, the service is free), but I do mind the lack of functionality. I can no longer open separate emails in separate browser tabs, and I can no longer copy and paste addresses. How do they expect me to put addresses into the "CC" and "BCC" fields? How do they expect me to copy and paste content into several different pieces of mail?
Lots of other people
are complaining about Yahoo's revamp. The newspapers
have even noticed the many outraged reactions.
It feels a bit silly to snarl over a free service. Then again, commercial teevee has always been free, and people have bellyached about that
since the 1940s.
Yahoo has become so unusable that the time has come to seek alternatives. Gmail is out of the question for various personal reasons.
What I would prefer
is a web-based mail service which can automatically retrieve my Yahoo mail and then make the messages available in a simple, old-fashioned, user-friendly interface. Going this route would save me the trouble of telling people that I have a new email address.
But if no non-Yahoo company provides that kind of service, then perhaps there is nothing for it but to switch over to another company. Another free
service is what I'm looking for.
We return once again to that oft-heard question: Why do computer-related companies insist on changing things which do not need changing? The most obvious example is Windows 8, which absurdly upended the Windows-based computer experience. Unlike many of you, I'm not a Microsoft-basher (and I really do NOT NOT NOT want to hear from the "get a Mac" people or the "get Linux" proselytizers), but let's face it: 8 was the most ludicrous business decision of recent times
Microsoft now understands that getting rid of the Start button was inane. The Start button at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen has one important characteristic in common with the little white buttons affixed your dress shirt: In both cases, the basic design has reached its apex; no improvement is possible.
(I may have made this comparison in a previous post, but the point bears repeating.)
One of these days, someone might be able to craft a slightly
better shirt button, perhaps by attaching the little disc to the material with a stronger thread. Fundamentally, however, the device keeping your shirt together has been unchanged for hundreds of years -- and I predict that, long after your great-grandchildren have died, a shirt's button will still be a button will still be a button. The eternal
I guess programmers don't want to admit that many applications in daily use are, in a sense, a collection of shirt buttons.