Now my life is complete: I have Doonesbury. I'd
enjoyed this cartoon strip in graduate school, but
hadn't had access to it in the local paper since
then. And now this infamous comic strip appears
every day in my browser's home page, which is set
to point at My
OK, so maybe you're not a fan of Doonesbury--not
a liberal, commie Democrat. But you ought to be a
fan of My Yahoo. It offers you an amazing
collection of personalized news and tools--even
My personalized area of Yahoo offers news
headlines, my stock portfolio, local weather,
scores from my favorite sports teams, my Yahoo
e-mail account, and my selected cartoons:
Doonesbury and Oliphant.
I check back during the day to see how the stock
market is doing or to see the latest headlines. If
one of my favorite teams is playing, I sometimes
check back for the latest score, which is
constantly updated if the game is in progress.
And I'm always finding neat new features. Once
on a winter night with a strong wind and subzero
temperatures, the electricity went out in my
building. Not only was it frightening being in the
cold and dark, but also I had planned to watch a
little of the Iowa basketball game on TV. Big
So I'm sitting there wondering how long it will
be before the lights go on (it eventually took four
hours), wondering what you do in a dark, cold,
candle-lit room, and wondering what the score is. I
sit down at my battery-powered laptop and fire up
my modem connection to the Internet.
I go to My Yahoo to see the score in the game,
and notice an icon that says "Audio." So I click on
it and am delighted to find that I can listen to
the game via audio streaming. There I sat in the
dark, all bundled up, surfing the Internet and
listening to the basketball game.
You can see why I like My Yahoo.
Everything is customizable. You can select what
types of news headlines you want to view in
categories such as Headline News & Politics,
Business & Industry, Entertainment, Health,
Music, Sports, and Science & Technology. I have
mine set up to view the top four headlines in these
sections: Top Stories from Reuter, Top Stories from
AP, Tech News from CNET, Tech News from Mac
Central, and Tennis.
The huge amount of content available to select
from includes TV Listings, Movie Showtimes, Ask the
Doctor, Best Fares, Buzz Index, Deals of the Day,
DVD & Video Releases, Health Tips, Lottery
Results, Maps, Package Tracker, Ski Report, and
You can choose the content, arrange where the
items appear on the page, and select from various
color themes. You can have more than one page, with
each additional page conveniently appearing as a
tab on a border near the top.
When you create a new page, you have the option
to choose one of six templates, or you can simply
select all your own content. Of the templates
available, be sure to check out the one that says
Yahoo Tools. It gives you a nice overview of the
very useful tools available to you for free.
For example, Briefcase gives you 30 megabytes of
free storage for any type of computer file,
including photos. Your photos appear in albums and
can be shared with other Internet users, using a
simple address such as
http://photos.yahoo.com/jkarpen. Or you can choose
to keep them private.
Other free Yahoo tools include Yellow Pages,
White Pages, Calendar, Address Book, Notepad,
Calculator, and Horoscope.
You can set up a maximum of six personalized
pages, each with up to 20 content items. You could,
if you wanted, have a page devoted to sports, with
a range of sports headlines and scores. Or you
could have a finance page that would include your
portfolio, headlines related to business and
finance, and content offerings from Yahoo such as
Company News, Market Summary, Upgrades/Downgrades,
Earnings Surprises, and a Currency Converter.
Or maybe a humor page that includes cartoons,
such as Bizarro, Boondocks, Cathy, Foxtrot, and
Ziggy. And if Doonesbury isn't your thing, there's
I hope you'll give My Yahoo a try. And if you're
already registered at Yahoo, try setting up a
personalized page. And if you've already done that,
then maybe it's time to update it--and add
© 2002 by Jim Karpen, Ph.D.