When my wife asked me why she could not buzz in Yahoo Messenger for Mac OSX, I thought at first it was a one time happening since I also noticed before that there were occasions wherein I could not buzz. When I tried it out, I was mystified. I mean, it cannot happen just like that all of a sudden.

So I decided to check out the menu. Lo and behold, I was surprised that the Send Buzz functionality does not have any shortcut listed there anymore. You can still buzz. But you have to go to the menu and click on the Send Buzz menu item in order for you to buzz. The Apple-G does not work anymore.

Then I remembered that I just updated my Yahoo Messenger for Mac OSX (ver. 3.0.1 build 35554). For unknown reasons, I have no idea why they took out the shortcut for the buzz functionality. If you have wondered why you cannot buzz anymore using the shortcut, wonder no more …

EDIT: For the solution/fix, check the 1st page of comments. Big thanks to @srg. Oh yeah, for Mac OSX Lion, instead of Keyboard Shortcuts, go to Application Shortcuts.

Thank you to the people behind openYMSG, the open source Yahoo Messenger API implementation for Java. It began as a fork of jYMSG, primarily to upgrade the API. It is intended to get you up and running with a simple Yahoo Messenger client in very little time.

Here is a simple source code to get you up and running. What the code does is basically login to a Yahoo! account and sends a sample message to the recipient. It also does a BUZZ after the message is sent then logs out the session to save resources.

Google Wave was one of Google’s biggest announcements of last year but now it looks to be an afterthought among the tech trendsetters after the launch of Google Buzz in early February. Privacy concerns mostly laid to rest, Google Buzz is actually doing much of what Google Wave promised: collaborative discussion, media sharing, and social networking within an email-like framework.

Frankly, I use Google Buzz more than Google Wave since my GMail is always open, accessing Buzz is pretty quick unlike Wave where a whole new interface is shown to you. While Buzz does not have all of Wave’s features … yet, who knows it may incorporate them all in the near future.

For now, Buzz is geared more on the social sharing with people who are interested in what you think (like Twitter) while Wave is designed to making users more productive in their work lives as a collaboration tool, while Buzz is more about “social sharing and passive sharing with people who are interested in what you think.

In my case, between the two, I barely used Wave except the first time I wanted to check out what it was all about. After that, it has been Buzz for me ever since. What about you?

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