Total Computer Experience

There are basically the big three companies, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft. You can install a bunch of applications from each to create an experience on your computer.





I could probably keep listing more things as well. As you can see, the “Big 3” have a ton of offerings for you to customize your computer to your liking. For the last month or so I tried to go “all Google”, but today I switched to “All Microsoft”. Using Live search, using all their tools, etc, to see how it goes. Although I still have Google talk installed as it is not interoperable.

Yahoo seems to be lacking out of the three. Also, in all three companies, there isn’t some “unified” experience (I wish there was, it would make it a lot easier). If there are some tools or app’s that you use from the big 3 that I haven’t listed, please shoot me a comment.

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Search Engine Wars

Took a look at my referrer logs tonight. Wow, MSN Search is kicking some major a$$! It seems that Google and Yahoo direct people to my archive pages, while MSN directs them right to the actual link page of the post, way better.

For something posts, MSN is the first hit, others I dont even see on the front page. For instance, search for “walmart auto service”

MSN I am #1, Google and Yahoo – no where to be found.

I have been using MSN search and I would say it is getting better. I also have been using Dogpile the last few weeks and that is pretty cool too, now that it includes MSN.


Email Limits

Well, there is Google’s Gmail (1 GB), and then this week Yahoo decided to say..”Hey wait, instead of 4 MB, lets give our users 100 MB”…Now MSN is going to up the ante, but they haven’t said how much yet. BTW, all three of these are “free” web based email clients. You could always pay Yahoo or MSN for more space, but who wants to do that. Maybe people should just clean out their email boxes? Or maybe archive it off to CD? 10 years from now, no one is going to look at their email they got about “10% off at Best Buy” or “New Polos at the”. Anyways, I say store as little as possible online in your email box, because sooner or later the email server that you go through (Yahoo, MSN, Google, etc) will just start snooping and sending you ad’s related to your email. If you want to have a big email box, buy a Win2K3 server and install Exchange 2003 Enterprise, register your domain, and away you go, practically unlimited email size. Below is part of the article from, I haven’t put a link because I think their site is off and on anyways.

from betanews:
Redmond executives have been mulling over how to respond to the storage frenzy, and are set to unveil a plan that will go into effect in July.Although still in beta testing, the launch of Google’s free Gmail service heated up the competition by offering customers a whopping 1GB of e-mail storage. Yahoo! fired back this week by boosting customer inboxes to 100MB and unveiling an updated user interface, which Microsoft called “quite good.”

“We have been intentionally quiet over this period, as we formulated our plans, and waited to see the Yahoo response, feeling it would be best to see how strong Yahoo’s counter would be before going public with our own,” Blake Irving, corporate vice president of MSN’s Communication Services group, told employees.

Microsoft hopes that by giving customers enough space, it can move the media focus away from storage as a key selling point and reduce the emerging threat posed by media darling Google.

“We are going to respond in a big way and will eliminate email storage as an issue for our users,” said Irving.

Product Reviews

Yahoo "DoEverything" Bar?

Well, I caught wind of a beta Yahoo Toolbar. Now they are adding spyware protection to it. What next? Will it start writing programs for me too? That would be nice though…I think the beta run is over though, too bad, I would have tried it. Hopefully it works well

Yahoo Toolbar (Beta)

Yahoo Toolbar (Plain Old)