Overturn, Overture, What Ever!
February 20, 2003 3:15 AM   Subscribe

EXTRY! EXTRY! Read All About It! New York Times commits Freudian-Slippish Typo in title of AltaVista story! (link ironically via Google News)
But seriously, with CMGI selling AV for about 6% of what it paid to buy it, and Overture's stock price dropping 20% the day the deal was announced, does this mean AltaVista is D.O.A.? If so, where will we go for a dopey translation/Douglas Adams tribute?
In other Search Engine News, those Norwegians at FAST (aka alltheweb.com) are gettin' a Dell, dude. And the guy who started all this by selling out to Google is real quiet.
posted by wendell (10 comments total)
AltaVista was my search engine of choice when it first came out. It was a damn fine search engine, but Google became better. I still use AltaVista occasionally but I don't trust it's 'freshness' as much as Google.

DOA? perhaps comatose is more accurate.
posted by DBAPaul at 3:44 AM on February 20, 2003

I learned a new phrase from Evhead's non-blog: "shopping for yachts" == "clearing my head".

Education is such a wonderful thing.
posted by BubbaDude at 3:59 AM on February 20, 2003

I don't get it.
posted by hama7 at 4:04 AM on February 20, 2003

Me neither.

The featured link is a typo?
posted by jeremias at 4:37 AM on February 20, 2003

If so, where will we go for a dopey translation/Douglas Adams tribute?

Well I don't know about the Douglas Adams tribute, but for dopey translations Google has one right here
posted by ralawrence at 4:49 AM on February 20, 2003

posted by toby\flat2 at 5:04 AM on February 20, 2003

The Douglas Adams tribute was in naming AV's translation service "Babel Fish"
posted by ?! at 5:54 AM on February 20, 2003

Dell will use FAST's recently upgraded software, which boasts linguistic features to match users' intentions with results presented, automatic spell-checking and search keywords highlighted in all results descriptions.

Looks like Dell read the 37signals Search Research Report. Good for them.
posted by fried at 7:11 AM on February 20, 2003

(slightly)OT: I [heart] Wendell, but you're wasted around here, little mister. Please, in the name of all that is holy, come back to us and never go away again. I know it wasn't a promise, but I miss ya, old pal, old foil.
posted by bradlands at 12:35 PM on February 20, 2003

this is not a gem on the internet
posted by lampshade at 11:45 PM on February 21, 2003

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