THE PACE of technological change can be frightening. If you think back, things you used to use every day - CRTs, dial-up modems, LAN cables - have all long since disappeared.
Search engines were your friendly entrance and guide to the internet, but what the hell happened to the ones you used to have bookmarked?
Oh, that unforgettable sweeping blue mountain range and the big mustard-coloured bar. Pretty much king of the search engines through the middle to late 90s (it was established in 1995), AltaVista was battered by the rise of Google.
Yahoo (trying to find ways to cope with also being battered by Google) ended up buying it in 2003, keeping the web address and name but routing AltaVista searches through the Yahoo engine instead.
But by half way through 2013, Yahoo thought better of it and redirected AltaVista's address to Yahoo Search. So probably a bit of a waste of money for Yahoo, that.
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