NEW SEARCH ENGINE

The rather cleverly named Spock.com is a new search engine that focuses primarily — but not exclusively — on people searches. When you type in a search name, a picture of the person pops up along with a lot of biographical information. The information also has links. For instance, when we typed in Bill Gates, we not only got the information that he was a Harvard dropout, but when we clicked on “dropout” we got more college dropouts, like Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Matt Damon, David Geffen and so on.

The Spock.com home page has a list of popular searches, which you may browse, as well, of course. “American Revolutionary” brought up beautiful paintings of the founding fathers. Searching on “funny” brought up lots of comedians. This recalls an often used line in that business: “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.”

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