Checked out of Yahoo! today

Today was my last working day @ Yahoo! (read this) – so, at the end of the day, I had to return my laptop, my RSA key and lastly my very own badge:

Bye – bye Yahoo! – thanks for the great times and lovely memories.




10 things that I have learnt working @ Yahoo!

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10 things that I have learnt in the last 3.5 years working @ Yahoo! – in no particular order:

(1). It is good to work hard but it is even better to work smart.

(2). Have fun and show passion in what you do – common is boring, different is good.

(3). Think in the scale of millions, not hundreds and thousands

(4). No question is stupid … ever

(5). When in doubt, ASK – people are super friendly.

(6). Don’t take yourself seriously and don’t mind being the butt of a joke πŸ™‚

(7). Work is just work – not your life – so smile and have fun

(8). Avoid the cafeteria @ 3:00 pm – it seems everybody wants to have coffee at that time

(9). Conference Rooms are usually never available @ 11 am or 2 pm …

(10). Max speed in the Yahoo! parking garage sometimes seems to be 30 MPH – so, watch out for those turns.

All in all, a great place to work.

– Thyaga

Vote for the best IM client for 2009

Instant Messaging is now a part of everyday life – no matter where you stay or what you do, it is quite often that you are hooked on to one of the many IM clients available. Now is the chance to have your voice heard – vote for the best IM client for 2009 here.

Go Yahoo!



Apple’s iPhone 3G

As you can well imagine, i have been playing around with the iPhone 3G quite a bit over the past few days. No questions that the iPhone is definitely one of the most cherished electronics gadget i have ever bought / owned :). Having said that, here is my initial review of the phone:

(1). The touch screen is very cool – doesn’t take too much time to get used to. However, typing anything by “tapping” into the touch screen will take time, especially if you have thick fingers like me :).

(2). The native Application such as You Tube, Y! Weather, Y! Finance etc are great but they do not use your online settings. For example, I had created multiple portfolios created in Y! Finance but there is no way to import them into the native Application.

(3). Using 3G / Wi-Fi often consumes a lot of battery 😦

(4). 3G is not fast at all places, but it is definitely better than having no connection πŸ™‚

(5). What makes the iPhone really cool are the APPs that can be downloaded into the phone – either FREE or paid. Some of the popular FREE APPs that I have tried are the Facebook (cool), LOOPT (did not work for me), YELP (good), WHERE (good) APPs.

Do you know of any good APPs that you have used? – e.g. IM, VOIP ?

More later,


Yahoo! Messenger Team Cooking Offsite

Last week, we had a Yahoo! Messenger team cooking offsite event. I had never been to a cooking off-site event – so, i was a bit wary of how it was going to turn out.

We were divided into 3 tables and each table was supposed to cook a couple of dishes – it as all rustic Italian fare. My table was responsible forΒ  Gnocchi – a potato based dish. The total cooking time for all the dishes was around 2 hours. We were also given wine to sip on during the spare time. All in all, it was a fun event and in the end, even the food that we cooked turned out delicious. Here are some snaps from the event.



Vote for Y! Messenger for Webware 100 awards

Y! Messenger has been chosen as a finalise in the Communications category of the Webware 100 awards from CNET – HOORAY !!! ;-). You can vote here till June 11th.

— Thyaga

Y! IM for Windows Vista – preview

So, the cat is out of the bag – the Y! IM for Windows Vista preview has been released in CES. Take a sneak preview here and read a review here.