June 14, 2009

Hopefully a Replacement for Google

Notice the US flag prominently displayed (something Google would never do)


And apparently it has Sergey Brin filling his pants.

Posted by Captain at June 14, 2009 7:57 PM


Posted by: Vitruvius at June 14, 2009 8:05 PM

I was in the US this week and there are a ton of ads on tv for this.

Gotta say that letting Microsoft make decisions for me is not high on my list of things to do. I get pissed enough when XP decides it is going to shut down my computer and Install Updates NOW!!!! I don't need Microsoft deciding which sites are best for me to look at when I do a simple search.

Posted by: Canadian Kate at June 14, 2009 8:19 PM

I did some comparison searches and Google is still better. I will check from time to time, but both of those companies is evil. At least now they have each other to hate more than the proletariat.

Posted by: Momar at June 14, 2009 8:24 PM

I really like it, switched within an hour. I've always stayed away from google, mostly because of their politically correct aspect. But on the other hand, maybe it's subconscious and I'm just thinking of "The Bing" on The Sopranos.

Posted by: nazz jones at June 14, 2009 8:28 PM

God danm it, that yellow ochre and pumpkin orange image is burning my eyeballs out, and it is a horrible affront to the flag of the United States of America. Whomever was running the color correction on that image should lay off the coke. Captain, could you possibly remove that image from your main entry and provide a link to it, instead?

Posted by: Vitruvius at June 14, 2009 8:31 PM

I like Bing, but like Momar google still yields results I am used to. I do check a couple of alternative searches a day.

The Bing images are better, the news stories less so.

Posted by: Stephen at June 14, 2009 8:38 PM

Switched on D day when google had their tetris commemorative logo.

Posted by: RFC at June 14, 2009 8:39 PM

Canadian Kate:

You can turn off automatic updates - since it apparently upsets you so much.

Posted by: ferrethouse at June 14, 2009 8:40 PM

There was a radio program with Chef Malcolm giving roadkill recipes to-day. He mentioned a recipe for gophers and I thought this would be the place for it. Tried both of them but couldn't find it.

Posted by: Speedy at June 14, 2009 8:46 PM

I just switched to bing !! lol . bye bye google !!

Posted by: Paul at June 14, 2009 9:40 PM

Nice to see they're not embarrassed to show the flag - but we see a totally different page in Canada.

Posted by: Kevin Jaeger at June 14, 2009 9:43 PM

It seems like the "flag" page is only on the US english version, all the other country sites (as well as the spanish US site) have a different page.

Posted by: SDH at June 14, 2009 10:19 PM


Posted by: AtlanticJim at June 14, 2009 10:21 PM

I used to love Google. Recently, not so much - too comercialized which is a bit ironic for a leftist outfit. Bing is clean and gives me a good selection of options. It has a much better interface feel to it. I think Google should be scared. Bing just might be for real.

Posted by: imapopulistnow at June 14, 2009 10:37 PM

Bing switches automatically to it's mobile edition when accessing it via an iPhone and It won't let you go the the full blown site. I hate that. Staying with google for now.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at June 14, 2009 11:26 PM

google insults d-day veterans

I entered that and it came back fast.

"Bing is your friend" may be the new phrase.

Posted by: Curious at June 14, 2009 11:31 PM

I can't understand why there are so many Google haters. It's so quick, it's virtually instantaneous It almost always gives me what I want in the first two or three listings. And I like the clean look of its home page; I don't need to be bothered with a lot of pictures.

And I think "filling his pants" is a bit over the top. Let's see now - you're the CEO of the dominant company in search, and the biggest software company in the world launches a competitor with a massively expensive ad campaign. So the natural thing to do is - what? Go for a ride on your yacht? That's the kind of executive leadership that's ruined so many companies in the last few years. I think Brin is doing exactly the right thing - not waiting until Bing establishes a solid foothold before reacting. His own participation demonstrates his commitment, and I'm sure that flows down the chain of command. And getting his top people to work on his most dominant product - what exactly would you do, Captain? Put a bunch of second raters in charge, and not show a shred of interest? I'm sure that's a recipe for guaranteed success.

Posted by: KevinB at June 14, 2009 11:31 PM

M$ can go to hell... directly to hell... do not pass go.. do not collect 200.00 dollars...

Posted by: Freedom at June 14, 2009 11:48 PM

To each his own, I am an Alta Vista Guy and have been for years.

BTW all seach engines give pretty much the same set of results on the same keywords.

I would use BING second, then Yahoo and then just quit searching, never Google because Google's green politics and overloaded and over played ads that infect every blog and site on the Internet just annoy me.

Posted by: Illiquid Assets at June 15, 2009 12:05 AM

The big hate I have for google is trying to find a restaurant. I get a kazillion pages that say no reviews. I know where it is. On about page 3 I find the actual restaurant's site with the menu. I have menu in the search descriptor so I dinna ken why they can't find it. The other big hate is when I specify a city and get sites in Ontario or the US. I am not driving 2,000 km to buy gravel. I don't know if bing will be better but it is worth a shot.

Posted by: Speedy at June 15, 2009 12:12 AM

I agree with KevinB's first statement. I'm a right-winger and I think google does a fine search job. I'm not worried if it doesn't show the US flag or whatever. Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in this kind of thing, I feel it's good to step back, take a breath, and realize there are far worse things in the world than what a search engine homepage does or doesn't show or support.

Posted by: Dean at June 15, 2009 12:49 AM

Like RFC, I switched over from Google to Bing on the D-Day anniversary. I was very pleasantly surprised to see Bing acknowledging Flag Day today.

My problem with Google is not that it won't celebrate the flag, it's that it will celebrate anything BUT the US. I have no problems with pages that choose to be lazy and not change their formats around for every occasion. However, once you do, I'm going to use that to gauge what you value, and what you don't. Today, Google had NOTHING. Google values the US so little, that even when there was nothing else to honor, it still ignored the occasion. So, now I will ignore Google.

Posted by: JSchuler at June 15, 2009 1:43 AM

Microsoft, no matter how you slice it, still garbage.

Posted by: Simeon at June 15, 2009 7:46 AM

Tough call. Google is evil and full of commies but MS puts out crap full of viruses and crashes all the time.

A pox on both their houses. I'm buying a Mac next time anyway.

I'll hold out for the Ayn Rand search engine which automatically deletes pages put out by leftards and sends them a nasty virus... lol.

Posted by: Jason at June 15, 2009 9:55 AM

I'm with you Jason, but I'll use Linux. And Alta Vista is my search engine of choose. If its from microsoft it doesn't go on my computer.

Posted by: FREE at June 15, 2009 11:26 AM

Microsoft did this to the Wordperfect folks some time ago. They even clobbered the owners of the name 'Internet Explorer' with a phalanx of lawyers.

or it could be that 'bing' is just very expensive 'bling'.

time will tell.

as far as popups etc with any given op. system/browser/search engine combo, well there are tools around that bop them and a lot of it's free. just go with a known product.

Posted by: technocrat at June 15, 2009 11:57 AM

"To each his own, I am an Alta Vista Guy and have been for years."

Illiquid Assets I'm lukewarm since they lowered themselves to letting yahoo do the work and they cropped a whole bunch of options like finding music.

But google sends my blog most of my hits, if they go I go. LOL

Posted by: dinosaur at June 15, 2009 12:13 PM

To me, using Google is kind of like buying Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, etc. Why subsidize the enemy? By boycotting these leftist freakshows, I get the same satisfaction that liberals must get from recycling or slapping new taxes on us to "save the planet".

Posted by: Mike Kelley at June 15, 2009 12:25 PM

Tried Bing, don't like it. News headline search "not available in your area". What's that all about?

Posted by: NettieOnTheNet at June 15, 2009 3:45 PM

I like Yahoo. Have never used Google except in one area that they own for all intents and purposes, e. g., e-book translations. And like Mike, I detest Google's flamboyant display of liberal hypocrisy. Don't forget, they hammered "W" over privacy issues while the Bush administration was trying to implement terrorist security measures while at the same time Google provided the Red Chinese access to that customer base with no strings. Google can kiss my rock-ribbed Republican behind.

Posted by: Mazzuchelli at June 15, 2009 4:48 PM