The Last Days of Yahoo! 1.0

Perhaps I’m a curmudgeon, but I don’t want to give up my old Yahoo! Web site for the “new and improved” Yahoo! that is coming — whether I like it or not — on September 1st.

Every day they remind me that the new site is coming, that my old site is being “retired.” Makes me feel like I’m being retired.
Yahoo! Old

I’m not trying to be difficult. I’ve tried the new site. I just don’t think it’s much better. I don’t like having the navbar on the left side of the page. I used to be able to click on Yahoo! Sports with my eyes closed; now I have to fumble down an endless list of icons.

However, despite what I think about the new design, I do have to give Yahoo! credit for taking this design global quickly. While most companies may take up to a year to roll out a new design across all country sites, Yahoo! is off to a blistering start.

Here is the new design in Brazil…

Yahoo! Brazil

And Korea…

Yahoo! Korea

China has sorta migrated over to the new design…

Yahoo! China

At least Japan is still old school.

Yahoo! Japan

I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before Yahoo! Japan meets its redesign.

As for me, I’m not giving in easily. I’ve got a few days left of Yahoo 1.0 and I’m going to refuse every day to opt in to the new design. No, I’m holding out until the end.

Quechua Has Friends in High Places

Quechua is the language of the Incan Empire and is spoken by roughly 10 million people throughout South America, the majority of whom live in Peru and Bolivia.

Recent developments suggest that this “minority” language is not going gently into that good night.

Google currently supports Quechua with a localized search engine.
Google Quechua

And it is not the only software company to support this language.

I read this morning, via Michael Kaplan’s blog, that Microsoft now supports Quechua in Windows and its Office software. It will be announcing this language support with the newly elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, who is an Indian. I should note that this level of support only applies to menus and commands; I don’t expect to see a knowledgebase translated anytime soon. Still, a little support is much much better than no support.

In addition, The Economist features an article on Quechua, noting that a recently elected member of Peru’s Congress is now speaking Quechuan instead of Spanish.

This high-level support for the language will help ensure that multinational companies provide support as well, a positive sign for the one of the world’s oldest surviving languages.

Adiós Inglés

According to Global Reach’s latest statistics on the use of language online, only 36.5 percent of the global online population are native English speakers.