Well, while Google was down I did a little reading up on alternative search engines. Sure you’ve all heard of yahoo, msn, lycos, and askjeeves. But I ran across this one at kartoo.com and found it fascinating (it requires Flash – hopefully you guys running obscure, wannabe browsers like Firefox can use Flash.)
It’s a metasearch engine, which means (in the correct usage of the term Chuck) that it searches multiple search engines (like goodle and yahoo) and brings the results back, putting them on a map. It’s interesting, and has ways of letting you know exactly what sites might be what you are looking for. If you hold your mouse over a site, you get some context as well as sub-pages that include the search term. Further restricting your search is pretty easy – easier than google anyway (which really needs an easier way of doing that.)
Much like I still favor the command line over a GUI, I still prefer google’s simple text listing, but this is a pretty interesting alternative – at least while google is down :).