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Upside: Google's Serious Searching

Oct 04, 1999, 19:05 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tish Williams)

"Visitors notice that Google's got no fancy graphics. It's got no hook for e-mail or free Web pages. In fact, it's a minimalistic triumph. A sea of white is politely interrupted by a small rainbow-colored Google logo, a search box and the "feeling lucky?" option which will take you right to the first result of your search."

"You'll notice on our front page it's not hard to find the search box," Brin nods. "And it loads really quickly." He's not messing around..."

"Its back end is built of 2,000 low-end PCs, Brin explains, a cheaper alternative to other search-engines' machines. All the machines run Linux, but Brin won't bite on the political element of choosing Linux over Microsoft. "The cost of NT licenses for 2,000 machines is nontrivial," he offers, unflinchingly."

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