If you have ever been on the Internet, I'm sure you have encountered
the many search engines that don't find what you really want.
You look up "I still know what you did last summer"
so you can see what that movie is all about and the computer
spits out one pointless site after the other.
Well, look no further. Digital has now expanded it already
popular search engine AltaVista (www.altavista.com) and has now
made it so easy to find what you want.
AltaVista first began in 1995 by the Digital Equipment Corporation
when researchers started a project which seemed impossible at
the time - to index the entire Internet. Technology over the
years has expanded the capabilities of AltaVista, but now innovations
have made it one of the fastest and most comprehensive search
engine on the net today. It has an index of over 125,000,000
(and growing) unique web pages that you can search in less than
The new altavista site: http://www.altavista.com
One of the latest features AltaVista has introduced is the
ability to search for a page in a vast range of languages such
as Chinese, Russian, English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and
Korean. It also offers an instant translation service so that
even if the page you want is in a language you can't understand,
you can easily have it translated.
The new version of AltaVista includes AV Family Filter, which
allows parents to screen the material their children get on the
Web and AV Photo Finder, which helps you track down particular
photos on the Web.
The AltaVista index - approximately 200 Gigabytes of data
- is created by a "web spider" named Scooter who roams
around the web collecting about six million new pages per day.
Scooter then sends it to a server that takes the information
and indexes each word from very page. This means if you are looking
for a late-breaking story, you are bound to find it at AltaVista.
Whether you use the simple search to quickly find something
you need, or the advanced search to specify exactly what you
need, AltaVista offers a service unparalleled on the web, which
is why it is the number one choice for millions of Internet users.