Monday, August 28, 2006

Fed up with Yahoo's war with Google

I have long been a Yahoo loyal, but now i can't stand Yahoo's new moves. It has waged a war against Google in a negative way. Earlier i thought that this was just a conincident, but it happens everytime. The issue is that i am the owner and moderator of some of the groups on YahooGroups. Recently i sent some emails on these groups using my Gmail account. They were shown as delivered on the group's hamepage but they never got to the members of the group. I then re-emailed from Yahoo email and it got through. Since most of the members are subscribed to the groups through their Yahoo email accounts (as recommended by me, since it allows usage of other group features), my Gmail emails ended in their "spam" email folders, while my Yahoo emails got to their inbox. The same story has been happening since a few months now and without an exception. Yahoo email delivers my Gmail messages into "spam" folder even though i am the administrator of these groups. Has anybody else experienced the same?

I have been using Yahoo's email, web site provider (geocities), groups, photos and briefcase services. I always preferred services other than Microsoft's because of their attempted monopoly. Now Yahoo is going on the same road. Although Yahoo is among the top website visited around the world, and Yahoo provided Video search long before google did, this is a very cheap step they have taken towards monopolizing their services. I am now thinking of moving to Google groups.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Trip to Holiday Park, Hassloch, Germany

This Saturday i went to a theme park in South-West Germany. It is located in the city of Haßloch, 40 min train from my city. There are many thrilling rides and the pathways leading to these rides go through forrest-like environments. The first and most exciting ride we took was the roller coaster which took us 60 m high only to drop down at an angle of 82 degrees. It's frightning seeing the earth in front of you coming closer and closer. Then it completes its tracks with ups and downs and twisting. This coaster won the public's award for "best coaster of the world" in 2003 and 2004. As we got off of it, it started raining. There was a small round cloud covering only the park. I could see the blue sky all around this piece of cloud. Anyways, it rained for an hour during which they stopped most of the rides.

After the rain we took to the "free fall tower". It takes the visitors 70 meters high and drops at an angle of 90 degrees with extreme speed. The pressure is so much that our legs are stretched out and its difficult to draw them back down. There is another roller coaster that is not so high as the previous one but circles around many more times. A water-log ride made us a little wet before we went to the "Light house tower" which spun us around at a height of 80 meters. After taking many more rides, we headed towards the laser night show. With a lot of spectators, this was an amazing show. They used lasers to project huge and unbelievably detailed images above a lake. They presented different presentations and the story of Alladin flying with his carpet over different landscapes and ended the show with fireworks accompanying the last laser presentation. I tried, but my camcorder was unable to capture the full beauty of the show.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A briton MP's truth about Lebanon Israel conflict

(9 min video)
Truth about Lebanon Israel conflict explained by a British Member of Parliament (MP) George Galloway on Skynews. A little rude, but blatantly straightforward and convincing.