Sunday, November 05, 2017

Migration of email

I read from Investingmoat's article here that Yahoo finance is not functioning anymore, hence it affected the spreadsheet to track one's portfolio. I knew this would happen one day. Yahoo finance used to be my number 1 get to site to get things on finance, but after Yahoo had been bought over, things just started to break apart at the seams. After yet another series of email hacks, I finally threw in the towel and said my goodbye to the very first email that I had for 20 over years.

I knew it's going to be somewhat of a major operation to switch email, especially one that I had used for so long. So I listed out a couple of steps to migrate over:

1) Change and inform all the email address in websites that I follow

I have last pass, which is a password management website, so this step is a breeze. I just go to each and every website that has my yahoo email registered under them, and change the email address there and then. There are some websites with accounts tied to email address, so unless I'm prepared to open a new account, I've no way to change it. I guess those are a rarity. No choice. Despite yahoo being my main work email, I didn't email all my contacts with regards to the changes. Unlike changing a handphone number, I think this step is not necessary.

2) Update and change every email that you received for the next 2 weeks or so

There are bound to be some website that I've missed out, so for the next 2 weeks or so, every email I received is updated to my new email address. There are some sites that send less frequently, so I guess those are by default not urgent enough to affect me. It's okay to miss those.

3) Keep track of the old yahoo email, but don't use it for future correspondence

Use the new email to respond to any email you received from the old yahoo account. After a while, you should get lesser and lesser email from yahoo, which is the whole point of this exercise. But I will still track this account. If you're a signaller in army, it's just like putting this yahoo 'channel' in 'scanning' mode. You use one email but you scan several. And oh, I'm nostalgic. Once every blue moon, I like to go to my sent folders in yahoo and see what are the things that had happened in the past. I see it like the facebook's memory function, or just simply a time capsule where all my memories are stored digitally somewhat in my yahoo email. I'm sentimental like that.

That's it. Those steps should allow you to change the most urgent ones first, followed by the next tier of urgency and so on.

Before you jump to another email, you might want to consider the longevity of the company. Back in 20 yrs, I didn't expect yahoo to go bellyup like this, but hey, it's still a better bet than some of the smaller internet companies I suppose. I migrated over to Google if you must know. I think Google stands the best chance of serving me for the next 20 years or so I hope.


Singapore Man of Leisure said...


Amazing right?

Yahoo was once upon a time the No. 1 in Search...

Don't talk about investing. Let's talk about "luck" in employment.

2 classmates, same grades, similar competences.

One joined Yahoo, the other joined Apple.

Sometimes I just pinch myself for being so "lucky" to be born in Singapore ;)

While, at least for my first 50 years.

Will my "luck" hold for the next 50 years?

Well, I'm definitely not using straightline extrapolation!

la papillion said...


Indeed. Luck really plays an important role! However, if I'm unlucky, I don't want to blame luck too. It's so ... deterministic. If I'm unlucky, I prefer to think of good things to change my 'luck'. This way, I win whether I'm lucky or unlucky HAHA

Anonymous said...

Alta Vista used to be #1 in search in the mid-to-late 90s. Yahoo was #2 ... at that time they were still maintaining their original Web "yellow pages" hierarchical classifications. Ya I'm that old :)

I remember telling my colleague about a new algorithmic search engine Google in late-1999 --- they didn't use the traditional keywords, phrases ... instead ranking based on frequency of relevant hyperlink lookups from other websites. After a few months of trying out the various search engines, my colleagues were telling me Google gave the best results.

It's so easy to say just invest $10K each in those popular tech names in the late 1990s .... however all (including Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Cisco, Oracle) would have plunged 80-90+% by 2002 and 99.99% would have sold out long before seeing the results today haha!

I'm thinking today's Blockchain technology & Bitcoin & Ethereum et al may be something like the dot com days ... a few thousand % rise in price followed by 90% wipeout, and then a long recovery to finally transform the way we live our lives by 2035.

Sillyinvestor said...


U reminded my of the change of address. No matter how I update it, there will still be mailers going to my place place.

I didn’t know yahoo fiancé can’t work anymore, I use their charts too.

la papillion said...

Hi Anonymous,

Yes, I used to like Alta vista a lot, until google starts coming into the picture and I never looked back then. Back then, Netscape is the browser to use, haaha

la papillion said...

Hi SI,

I think still can use the yahoo finance site, but you can't pull data off the site anymore. They said it's illegal, somehow. Use investingnote chart lah, way way way better haha :)

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