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Help! My Home Page Has Fallen and Can't Get Up!

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 8, 2006

OK, I think my feed reading habits have finally broken my browsers. When I go to my MyYahoo page (and even more, when I click on a link to leave it), the browser keeps hanging. Then I get a dialogue box that says: “A script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer may become unresponsive. Do you want to abort the script?”

I don’t think it’s the browser software, since I get a very similar dialogue box with Firefox under the same conditions. It doesn’t happen every time, but sometimes a lot—enough to drive me nuts, anyway—and a Google search didn’t turn up a good fix. (I’m sorry, but I don’t have the courage for this supposed fix, and it’s only for IE anyway.)

I suspect I just have too many modules on MyYahoo—more than 160 RSS feeds plus about 26 other modules, totaling 141,868 bytes. These delays and dialogue boxes don’t come up when I click between other Web pages, so I’m pretty sure it’s associated with MyYahoo.

I know, I need to quit doing my newsreading on MyYahoo, but I like it for a number of reasons. And I need to seriously cull my feed list, but I’d rather not just yet.

So my questions are: One, is there a fix for this browser-busting, or am I stuck as long as I have so many feeds and use MyYahoo? And two, anybody know of a way to export feeds (probably through OPML) from MyYahoo so I can plug them into a more dedicated feed reader? I spied a technique that Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny suggested awhile back on his blog, but it doesn’t seem to work now. Thanks for any help. I’ll have plenty of time to read replies while I wait for my browser to load….

Reader Comments

Robert Lucente

February 10, 2006 7:52 PM

Its not just a Yahoo thing. I have the same problem when I use

And yes, it is really annoying.

John Kerst

February 14, 2006 11:44 AM

I like using MyYahoo for RSS reading as well, probably for many of the same reasons you do. It's good and my list stays intact no matter what system I use. But I have seen this script error nearly every time I close or leave the MyYahoo site on the IE browser since early January 2006. There are many others reporting this issue on various forums recently so I have quit trying to solve the issue. It does seem to be a Yahoo problem (MyYahoo) and so far, Yahoo's support response has been the fairly-standard "clear the cache". I think there is something more amiss and they should seriously look into it. It's an annoyance, but at least it's a free annoyance.


September 17, 2007 3:55 PM

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May 24, 2008 12:53 PM

I HAD this problem: unresponsive script error on MyYahoo.

after GREATLY REDUCING the number of ITEMS I had on my "MyYahoo" page...the PROBLEM WAS GONE. (I had like a gazillion feeds, huge multiple stock portfolios, etc. I used IE7 browser (firefox was locked) and gradually reduced the items...biggest first...and this took about an the start it took more than a minute to reduce the items...but things went quicker as I got the "biggies" and the "many-ies" off there...NOW IT WORKS GREAT with Firefox, too! Suspect, that on any major page that allows you to ADD ITEMS/FEEDS you will eventually make it TOP-HEAVY...

Also, I figure that in large portal page (i.e. Yahoo Finance) this is probably not a problem, because the provider is DEDICATING a lot of RESOURCES to their HEAVY-HITTER Pages...


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