Gene Expression

Yahoo Mail “Beta” sucks

I work on two machines in the mid-to-high 2 Ghz range with 1 gig of RAM on a regular basis. And yet the new YAHOO MAIL “Beta” has consistently crashed and throttled Firefox multiple times within the last few days. If your AJAX app does this you’re worse than Microsoft.

Client: Is my app Web 2.0TM©® ready???
Me: Oh yeah baby, you won’t be able to find a desktop it won’t crash!


  1. #1 Gabe
    December 28, 2006

    Is 2 gig Mhz like 2 Ghz?

  2. #2 razib
    December 28, 2006

    yeah, that’s wut i meant. thanks.

  3. #3 Hsien Lei
    December 28, 2006

    I tried Yahoo Mail Beta for about 10 minutes before deciding it’s rubbish.

    Happy New Year!

  4. #4 Dan tdaxp
    December 28, 2006

    The most useful Yahoo Mail features that doesn’t exist, but should, is the ability to download all attachments as one zip file. Working as an instructor who gets assignments and projects emailed as students, multi-attachment emails are terribly time consuming (click-virus scan-choose folder-save-repeat-repeat-repeat).

  5. #5 Amit
    December 28, 2006

    Yeah, I’m not too happy with the Yahoo Mail Beta, either but it doesn’t seem to crash my Mac I work on.

  6. #6 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    December 28, 2006

    It’s a mismatch. What is an Alpha male like you doing with a Beta mail application?

  7. #7 razib
    December 28, 2006

    stop promoting pernicious stereotypes!

  8. #8 Babbler
    December 28, 2006

    It’s only crashed on me only a few times. The spam filter, however, has gone to hell. I keep getting spam in my inbox, when just a few weeks it rarely got in.

  9. #9 Michael Blowhard
    January 3, 2007

    I’m back to old-style Yahoo webmail. Works fine for me! BetaMail didn’t crash me, but it seemed about five levels too deep and complex — ie., it labored over every tiny task I gave it to do. Who wants that from a webmail application? Simple and speedy, that’s what I’m looking for. That’s what I’ve got in standard-issue Yahoo Mail, come to think of it…

  10. #10 Alvaro
    January 4, 2007

    (I came following your comment in Developing Intelligence-thank you for the link to such a fun paper on prefrontal & brain sizes).

    Who knew that one day I would find a blog where “The reality of epistasis” was a happy neighbour to “Yahoo Mail “Beta” sucks”…

    Very fun reading.

  11. #11 Zack
    July 13, 2007

    email me at worthless hotmail b/c I can’t check yahoo… how do I change it back to REGULAR yahoo? I hate Beta!

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