Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Dec 2009 18:35 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Mozilla & Gecko clones The ripples caused by Google's Eric Schmidt's words are spreading further and further throughout the internet. Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, wrote on his blog, urging people to switch away from Google to Bing, which he claims has a better privacy policy. Dotzler points users to the Firefox Bing add-on.
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RE[2]: bings better anyway
by umccullough on Fri 11th Dec 2009 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE: bings better anyway"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

Once upon a time I was an InfoSeek fan. Remember InfoSeek? If not, then I feel old.

I didn't much like Yahoo at the time, HotBot was bad, Lycos was OK (but didn't exist yet when I chose InfoSeek), WebCrawler was almost as bad as HotBot... InfoSeek was the best of the bad choices. AskJeeves was cool, but mostly useless.


I remember when Altavista was my engine of choice!

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RE[3]: bings better anyway
by chemical_scum on Sat 12th Dec 2009 03:43 in reply to "RE[2]: bings better anyway"
chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

"Once upon a time I was an InfoSeek fan. Remember InfoSeek? If not, then I feel old.

I didn't much like Yahoo at the time, HotBot was bad, Lycos was OK (but didn't exist yet when I chose InfoSeek), WebCrawler was almost as bad as HotBot... InfoSeek was the best of the bad choices. AskJeeves was cool, but mostly useless.


I remember when Altavista was my engine of choice!
"

Yes the good old days - my personal web page came up as the first response to a search on my (real) name. Now its hard to find me lost in all others in a recent google search. Still there weren't a lot of web pages back in '96.

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RE[3]: bings better anyway
by michaelz on Sat 12th Dec 2009 10:51 in reply to "RE[2]: bings better anyway"
michaelz Member since:
2007-03-23

Jup, those where the days ;)
Especially since you could simply ask "How to use a hammer?" and it would actually give a reasonable result.

Google still won't advertise to ask questions in plain english/dutch or whatever language.

I switched from altavista to google when altavista had a lot of ads and google just had a few ads on the side. Altavista started adding ads like "search-results"... Hm, sounds familiar? That's the moment I start hating any searchengine.

Time to start an open source searchengine? ;)

WOW... THAT LOOKS CLEAN TO ME!

http://www.altavista.com/web/results?itag=ody&q=osnews&kgs=1&kls=0

Edited 2009-12-12 10:53 UTC

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RE[4]: bings better anyway
by sbergman27 on Sat 12th Dec 2009 15:08 in reply to "RE[3]: bings better anyway"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

The thing that pushed me from AltaVista to Google was that while AltaVista just maintained a FAQ entry explaining why it's impossible to show the search terms in context, Google was actually doing it.

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RE[3]: bings better anyway
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 13th Dec 2009 00:07 in reply to "RE[2]: bings better anyway"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I remember when Altavista was my engine of choice!


I still remember when the Yahoo homepage would fit on a 640x480 display without scrolling. For my money, they started going down the tubes when they ditched the old-school grey background (AKA the default that older Netscape versions used, if no bgcolor was specified).

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RE[3]: bings better anyway
by Mellin on Sun 13th Dec 2009 01:51 in reply to "RE[2]: bings better anyway"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

when i started using altavista it had the url altavista.digital.com

Edited 2009-12-13 01:53 UTC

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