I got almost entirely negative feedback from yesterday’s two-word column.

  • Most of you pointed out — rightly — that the writer whose work I directed you to badly blew it in saying PCs were rare in 1986, and so on.
  • A few of you went much further, to say what a liar you thought one of the presidential candidates is. Which just makes the point of how scarily misreported all this has been.
  • But the best criticism came from one of you who said — again, rightly — that I had picked the wrong column to point you to. Broader and more compelling is Robert Parry’s now pretty famous article in the Washington Monthly. Please click here to read it — especially those of you who wrote to say I was nuts — and let me know what you think.

I apologize to those of you who think this is not a topic for a money-oriented web site, but to my mind we are being asked to evaluate two candidates for, among other things, CEO of our economy. So I think it’s worth shareholder discussion.

On an entirely separate topic, I was delighted to see Quickbrowse — which has gotten a lot better since I first brought it to your attention — featured in Walt Mossberg’s Wall Street Journal column this morning. (I read it a few hours ao when it went on-line.) He singled out Quickbrowse as his favorite of the new “metabrowsers.”

Quickbrowse.com currently has three main components. (If you fail to reach it this morning, because half a million Journal readers are trying at the same time, give us a second chance later. They tell me we should be able to handle the load, but . . . well, famous last words.)

  • QB-Masterpage, lets you stitch together a whole lot of disparate web pages into one huge long one. There’s more to it than that, which is why its true usefulness, though nicely reviewed around the world by now — and so nicely in the Journal this morning — still takes some brow-furrowing to fully appreciate. We’re working to make it even simpler.
  • QB-Search, is about as simple as it gets. If you ever use search engines, why wouldn’t you always do it through us? Just bookmark QB-Search, and then — instead of going to Yahoo and then Alta Vista and then Google, etc. — go to all of them (or any combination of them) at once! See the first page of hits from each, or the first five pages — whatever you want. I could elaborate, but just go see for yourself. (I’d leave “result pages per engine” set at 1 or 2 to start.)
  • QB-Stocks, is brand new. It needs to be fleshed out over the next week or two, but it’s also completely simple. Enter some stock symbols, enter the message boards you like, and click. QB-Stocks pulls together all the postings. You can, in fact, bookmark the “results” page and, from then on, check the messages on all your stocks from all the message boards just by clicking that one bookmark on your browser.

As I say, Quickbrowse is still a work in progress. But it’s coming together pretty fast now. Free, of course. We hope you find it useful.


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