no, its actually a Complete Fail on both Google & MSYaBingHoo
Surely I cannot be the only 'net user who despises Google Instant? Or are there hidden flags that I don't know about that I can add to my url (https://www.google.com) that signify the following:
1) I do, in fact, know exactly what I want
2) I have limited bandwidth, so a half-duplex connection is not optimal
3) If is msispeel a word, I certainly don't want results for crap, wait until I correct it and press enter
for example: http://www.google.com?IQ=high&GI=never&CR=yes
In a land (world?) of bandwidth caps, sending 72k one time is better than sending 70k every time i type a letter.
Additionally, being in IT, I'd like all printable ASCII characters treated the same. If I'm searching for "string.50" I don't want results for string (but not 50), nor do I want results for 50 (but not string) and I don't want results that contain both string and 50 but not string.50.
I will be the 70th to admit that altavista, yahoo and google have made searching easier. I can still remember searching bitnet archives for links to information. Its like the difference between a computerized card catalog in a library vs. wandering through the stacks pulling out ever 10th book, and hoping/praying that everying was in some kind of order...
That reminds me of a tech-support site that I use. Two years ago, any query I ran had the string "VPN" automatically added to the it. I got so fed up that I started every query off with "not VPN and ". I don't know if they fixed it because it was reported or if they counted the number of queries that contained "not VPN" and, only then, figured out why that string was so popular.