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Seek and ye shall find
Written by: Jiří Vašek
With a bit of exaggeration one could say
that history is divided into pre-Google and post-Google periods. The
system, cooked up by two Stanford University students in 1998, is now
being copied all around the world. Fortunately, there are comparable "domestic" choices.
This search engine, launched in the summer of 2002, was created
specifically for the Czech environment, and has no problem
with diacritical marks or grammatical errors. Thanks to its
Inspell dictionary it masters declensions and tenses, and
besides HTML documents you'll find formats like PDF and Word!
The opening page is an ode to simplicity, with only a place
for entering inquiries. Before you click on Search (Hledej)
you can specify whether the service should review freeweb,
articles, catalogs, university servers, video, music, or
images. This is moreover the search engine used by the most
visited portal in this country - Seznam.
Microsoft decided to drop the paid service Yahoo and set
up its own route. It claims that MSN Search indexes five
million pages, about two-thirds as many as Google. Answers
arrive faster and users appreciate the direct link to the
encyclopedia Encarta. Although the search engine does not
yet support Czech, it is said to be visited by 500,000 Czech
users a month, and this will certainly increase as a result
of the announced cooperation between Microsoft and the Atlas.cz
server. You can expect expanded services, including the largest
internet database of firms. The beta version has also been
improved - at beta.search.msn.com.
This search engine, which has been around since the early
days of the internet, was also created in a Stanford dormitory.
While it eventually became affiliated with Google, last year
it regained its independence. The latest version, Y!Q, has
been upgraded for easier acquisition of mutually intertwined
information. When browsing the site, you can search for associated
reports by clicking on relevant links without having to leave
the currently viewed page.
An international search engine that daily processes over
200 million inquiries. It doesn't decline Czech words, find
synonyms, or check grammar, yet it has other useful functions.
For example, if you search for Ford Focus, over seven million
pages appear. To cut the selection by about two-thirds use
quotation marks: "Ford Focus". To eliminate certain
connections, put a minus sign in front: Ford focus -Finnish
rally. Entering Ford Focus + 1989..2003 (insert two periods
between the years) will limit responses to this time frame.
Entering a price range - Ford Focus 180,000..222,000 - will
yield similarly constrained results.
A high-quality Czech search engine that is structured like
Google. It supports Czech, with all its specifics, so if
you enter "kočka" (cat) and want to see other sites "o
kočkách" (about cats) - this is where to find them.
Like Jyxo, Morfeo handles diacritical marks, distinguishes
synonyms, allows for expanded searches, and shuns advertising.The
very popular portal Centrum (http://www.centrum.cz) uses
Morfeo services, but it automatically adds various sponsor
links to websites of catalogs and advertising, so we recommend
that you just use Morfeo.