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Yahoo puts Altavista to death

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  • by dpbsmith (263124) on Friday June 28, 2013 @09:43PM (#44139363) Homepage

    Altavista was a revelation... it was so much better, faster, and more comprehensive than Infoseek. However, there was a problem with relevance--you might have to wade through hundreds of results before getting to the one you wanted.

    Of course, within weeks of the launch of Google, I found that Google seemed to be just as comprehensive, but (in those days) usually found the sought page within the first few entries.

    Even so, the death of Altavista is as seemingly unbelievable as the death of... Lehman Brothers, or Pan Am, or Digital Equipment Corporation.

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