"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fed Up With Google Search and Standard Browsers? How About Yahoo Search and Ecosia? What About Maxthon MX5 or the Pale Moon Browser YOUR WAY

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We have grown frustrated with newer Google Search algorithms which seem to produce more and more first page search results that we do not want and which appear geared to the lowest common denominator of interest, or perhaps to ad money, we do not know.

To our surprise -- in fact, thinking recently that the demise of Yahoo was imminent -- we have now run several subjective, personal and non-disclosable search tests with various search engines and have found to our amazement that Yahoo Search currently appears to deliver what we subjectively call "better" viz. "more relevant" search results in numerous cases -- at least for the topics in which we have an interest....

You may of course not share that view.

However, we are switching away from Google Search as perhaps having hit its peak and now possibly finding itself sliding downhill in terms of performance.

Also the "green" search engine Ecosia, "Plant trees while you search the web", appears to be quite good in returning useful search results -- results that appear similar to Yahoo Search, so we are going to give Ecosia some search action in the future. Try it out.

Fed up with the increasingly invasive practices of the standard browsers, we have also just tried out Maxthon MX5 as an alternative fast, secure and ad-free browser.

It looks good.

We nevertheless remain fans of the Pale Moon browser which bills itself as "Your browser, Your way". Pale Moon was forked some years ago from Firefox and retains the original genius of Mozilla Firefox, which was that the USER -- not the programmers -- should decide how the browser was to function, a laudable goal long lost at Mozilla Firefox.

Pale Moon has numerous features that we need, such as the ability to place TABS below the URL line and just above the pages we are viewing. What WE are doing has FIRST PRIORITY on OUR screen, not what other people are doing. Our interest is online research the way WE want it, and not speed surfing, or similar....