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Yahoo to shut down pioneering AltaVista search site
BBC News ^ | 1 July 2013 | Last updated at 07:19 ET

Posted on 07/06/2013 11:20:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Pioneering search engine AltaVista is due to be shut down on 8 July.

AltaVista was one of the first search engines to index significant amounts of web content, and proved hugely popular before Google debuted. …

AltaVista was launched in 1995 when search engines generally did a poor job of logging information on the web’s rapidly growing population of sites.

The search engine was popular because it had indexed about 20 million webpages, far more than any rival at the time. It developed its own “crawler” technology that did the job of finding web pages and logging what was on them. It also used fast computers behind the scenes to return results quickly. …

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: altavista; boycottyahoo; searchengines; yahoo

1 posted on 07/06/2013 11:20:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hasta la vista to Alta Vista. (somebody had to say it)


2 posted on 07/06/2013 11:22:01 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Veto!

And also, wish I’d kept using Alta Vista, as IMHO, Google sux. Well, not altogether, but they’re collecting info on all of us. Too big to fail, or something like that.

Guess Alta Vista was too small to spy.


3 posted on 07/06/2013 11:24:55 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Olog-hai

Ah, AltaVista, that sure brings back memories....


4 posted on 07/06/2013 11:26:50 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Olog-hai

I wondered who was running Altavista.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 11:34:18 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Olog-hai
File under "Didn't know it was still around."

Back in the mid-1990s (seems so long ago), Alta Vista spent considerable time servicing as my default search engine. I haven't even thought about it for years and was shocked to find out it was still in operation.

It is amazing how quickly Google took over online search and now Google is probably the most powerful corporation in the entire world (information = power), though many people don't realize it yet.

Google is what some science fiction writers warned us about back in the 20th century. Google is quickly becoming an all-knowing "god-like" entity and the source of nearly all information.

In fact, so convinced am I of Google's power that as soon as I hit the POST button on this reply, I'm bound to see web advertisements for aluminum foil and for books on paranoia (free shipping if I act now!)

6 posted on 07/06/2013 11:34:34 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Now that didn't take much time at all...


7 posted on 07/06/2013 11:36:33 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Olog-hai

The internet was pretty cool, when it first went GUI (graphic user interface).

For example there was a whole lot of amateur genealogy information. No cost, and good people to work with.

People that had specialized books would scan relevant pages, and send it to you.

Since then, it has become more and more “commercialized.”

Instead of 100s of people, Ancestry.com took over for the most part.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 11:45:20 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Olog-hai
I used to use AltaVista and still did up until about a year ago although I knew it was then run by Yahoo.

I now use ixquick as they do not collect personal data.

9 posted on 07/06/2013 11:50:45 AM PDT by protest1
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To: Olog-hai

yet another piece of the old Digital Equipment Corp fades away...


10 posted on 07/06/2013 12:00:52 PM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Olog-hai

AltaVista was useful for research because when you searched for a company or organization, that entity’s own website would come up first—the most reliable for checking the name.


11 posted on 07/06/2013 12:01:34 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai

Infoseek was ok for its time 1994.


12 posted on 07/06/2013 12:02:18 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: camle

DEC was to mainframes as APPLE was to PC’s.

(we’ll always have TRON)


13 posted on 07/06/2013 12:03:47 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: bunkerhill7

Is “Ask Jasper” still around ?


14 posted on 07/06/2013 12:04:55 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Veto!

Don’t use google, they track your every move.
Use this. No tracking, no cookies, etc.;

https://www.ixquick.com/


15 posted on 07/06/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Olog-hai

The spirit of the web is on life support today. Now it’s all marketing.

Screw it.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 12:31:07 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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Anyone else remember World Wide Web Worm? wwww


17 posted on 07/06/2013 12:42:11 PM PDT by Rio
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To: SamAdams76
information = power

True, but you'll have to dig a little deeper to get to the real truth. Here's a short (30 sec) video that explains who controls the information.

Newman

18 posted on 07/06/2013 12:49:11 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

use STARTPAGE.COM as it piggyback’s on Google’s crawler’s, that’s why it’s search results are more exact. Ixquick gives me weird results. They’re both the same org anyways..


19 posted on 07/06/2013 12:51:13 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: UCANSEE2

It was ask Jeeves.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 1:10:47 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: SamAdams76

The paranoid test:

“True or false, are the people following you trying to kill you?


21 posted on 07/06/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Olog-hai

Hail and farewell Altavista. Dr Darrel Thurmond was the chief developer and held doctorates in Theology, Linguistics and Computer Science. Graduated from MIT at 18 and suffered from Diabetes. He spoke 5 languages including Swahili and could solve calculus equations in his head but couldn’t win a game of tic-tac-toe.


22 posted on 07/06/2013 1:51:05 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: Olog-hai

altavista was pretty good back in the day. IIRC, they also invented the babelfish.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 2:42:53 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Olog-hai

I used to use it. It was the best ... in its day.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 3:33:33 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Olog-hai; a fool in paradise

I used to be used to using Nymphoseek.


25 posted on 07/06/2013 3:36:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Jonty30

I stopped using Altavista when I discovered it had been bought by Google. I used it for years, but it is no one’s business what I search for online.

I now use Dogpile.com. Now I’ll probably get all kings of messages about how evil Dogpile.com is!


26 posted on 07/06/2013 4:52:27 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: max americana
use STARTPAGE.COM as it piggyback’s on Google’s crawler’s

Startpage does not 'piggyback' on Google's crawlers?!?! What in the heck is that supposed to mean? Startpage submits a request to the Google server, in the same manner as you normally would from your browser, and then displays the results. It does so in an anonymous way utilizing proxys. Ixquick is generally the name they utilize outside of the U.S.

Google bots do not have any other SE's "piggybacking" on their proprietary crawls. No one other than Google has access to the bots.

27 posted on 07/06/2013 5:20:08 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: truth_seeker
I got a lot free genealogy back in the 90s, traced my family back to the 16th century. The same info is still available......but not for free anymore.
28 posted on 07/06/2013 8:27:50 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Leaning Right; Gamecock; Larry Lucido

Yes, I knew you had picked the correct answer when I saw ‘Newman’


29 posted on 07/06/2013 9:22:54 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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