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Re: Found the "60 Minutes" references ...

> I finally managed to get Internet Exploder 4 to stay up (just) long enough to 
> search the archives and find the reference I was looking for.
> My compliments to Dan on a pretty neat search facility.  If you haven't used it 
> recently, it's worth another look.

I've wanted to speak up on this for a while... First, let me say that 
I most definitely do appreciate all of Dan's efforts. But...

***FLAME ON***

when I click the "search engine" button on the Quattro List home 
page, all I get is the same tired old Excite which, like all 
Web-based search engines, is totally ignorant of document structure 
and additionally lacks general expression pattern matching.

General expressions are useful only for computer-types such as
myself, I'll admit. But there are simpler search engines that would
work as well.

At the local LDS Family History Center, and at one local library,
they have a searchable database of various indicies of marriage,
birth, death, and census records. In the search engine it uses, you
can at least specify the proximity of the words for which you are
searching relative to each other.

That way, I could search for "replace +bomb" within a 3-word
proximity and NOT get every article that talks about Japanese
cars.   ;-)


Again, I'd like to state that Dan has certainly built the best that 
can be built with off-the-shelf components, so to speak. My
complaint is really directed at the poor state-of-the-art in Web
search engines.

But this is why I often post questions that have been covered
even recently, because I can't find it in the archives. I'll search
at most for 15 minutes, then post if I've no luck.

Here's hoping at least a few of you can sympathize with my

-Douglas Hurst Quebbeman (dougq@iglou.com)            [Call me "Doug"]
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