I used to love Altavista in the mid-90s. It was doing big things back then. It had a fast multi-threaded crawler that indexed more web pages than its peers and its advanced hardware that made searches super efficient. By advanced I mean 130GB of RAM recieving more than 13 million daily queries. This was back in 1998 so I mean, that was pretty dang good.
But alas, Altavista’s 15 year reign comes to an abrupt end in just 10 days. Sad but true… you might as well visit http://www.altavista.com/ a few times before the site is closed down forever.
How do you feel about this? Did you use Altavista in its heyday? Share your thoughts in the comments below!