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Yahoo and they're Anti Mac attitude.

by BilltheAdminfromCleveland / May 3, 2006 3:17 AM PDT

Ok, so Yahoo has now dropped Java-based software support. Which means Chit Chat, Charla and any other way to get into Yahoo chatrooms doesn't work. I checked if there will be any updates to Chit Chat or Charla but both programmers have given up on any future updtes. I tried Adium but it only can get into Yahoo Groups not Rooms. And as everybody knows who used Yahoo Chatrooms. They haven't updated Yahoo Messenger in over 3 years and have no plans to in the future. Sounds to me that Yahoo is very anti mac which is why I will never use them as a ISP. Does anybody have any clue to what maybe out there for macs that can access the Yahoo chatrooms still?

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Yahoo=anti mac, no help here
by russ666 / May 7, 2006 12:23 AM PDT

i can see it is already 4 days since your original post. Usually Peter or Bob or Kevin or SOMEBODY knowledgeable will get right back to you. i won't be ANY help. i tried chit chat for a short time. When it WAS working, it worked fine (a little glitchy) and i was just starting to get into it. Then i began receiving messages from someone written in Farsi or Arabic or something i couldn't decipher. Call me paranoid but i think i am now on a government watchlist. it spooked me so much i disconnected and deleted all trace i could find of chit chat. You are very correct about yahoo being decidedly mac unfriendly which seems odd since they are now in bed with aol and micro$oft. You can talk to their tech support but you will get the usual "we don't offer tech support to mac users". It doesn't NECESSARILY mean chit chat WON'T work just that if it doesn't you are on your own along with the rest of us 5 percenters. Well at least they aren't trying to blow you up.

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OK, I can take a hint
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 7, 2006 7:06 AM PDT

Unfortunately I will not be able to help you. I was rather hoping that someone had a solution but it would seem that there is not a great deal of support for the Yahoo stuff,.

It seems that a lot of these places seem to think that it is a sign of weakness to support everyone, it is reasonably easy to do, but all they present to the ones that they do not support is their ineptitude and lack of skill.

I am currently in an argument with a local TV station that insists on checking to see if the WMP plug-in is in the plug in folder. I do not use WMP for WMV stuff. M$ do not make WMP for Mac any more but the company that produces the web site for the TV station insists that the "Default Mac Player will play the streaming video from our site" The default Mac video player is, of course, QuickTIme! They too have no idea what they are doing. It is easier to just ignore the complaints. The second TV station in town has a web site that supports ALL platforms with their streaming video. Go figure.

Sorry for the lack of help


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Wait a little longer... Yahoo will have
by Gakada / May 8, 2006 6:21 PM PDT
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Try Open Source
by ybaldeagle / May 11, 2006 11:51 PM PDT

OSX X11,Darwin, can run open source software...there must be an open source solution out there...try searching Fink...I've found tons of great stuff I use everyday and I don't have to pay a dime! :^))

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This may work.
by BilltheAdminfromCleveland / May 12, 2006 5:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Try Open Source

I looked into the X11 approach. It may work. I found a already written chat software for Yahoo that will run using X11. The link to the website is The application is called GYach Enhanced. I don't know anything about X11 to know what I'm doing so this is a huge experiment for me.

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Be Vewy, Vewy afwaid!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 12, 2006 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: This may work.

X11 is basically a developers tool and as such, should not be played around with by those that do not have a good knowledge of what they are doing.

there is a reason why it is not part of the OS install.

It may work, just be careful


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Yahaoo Music and Yahoo Video Clips
by batavier / May 12, 2006 2:39 AM PDT

The first thing I noticed that newsclips on Yahoo don't work on a Mac. NO other news source has this problem.

But this idiocy even extends into Yahoo Music, which means that they are not even interested in our money!

This is insanity! Yahoo, what is your problem???????

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If I remember the story right this is why.
by BilltheAdminfromCleveland / May 12, 2006 5:48 AM PDT

Well if I remember the story right, and I'm most likely wrong in the facts but this is how I remember it. Yahoo music won't work on macs because years back when the iTunes and iPod craze was beginning. Yahoo was just getting into the online music business and decided they try to ride the coat tails of Apple by trying to make the music off they're music store work on either the iPod or in iTunes without asking for Apple's permission. Apple jumped on this right away and told Yahoo no you don't or will sue your ***. This is partly why I think Yahoo has the Anti Mac Attitude. Apple denied them to make money on something that was justifiable by Apple. And in return Yahoo makes the Mac users suffer by denying us support to they're products. If you can call that suffering.

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Maybe you're thinking of RealPlayer?
by lampietheclown / May 14, 2006 5:04 AM PDT

The story sounds right, except that as I remember the story it was RealPlayer, not Yahoo.


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(NT) (NT) Certainly was.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 14, 2006 5:42 AM PDT
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