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More ways to get there. A9 from Amazon

Amazon’s A9 came out of beta with much fanfare and continues to get rave reviews because of a new feature which keeps track of your search history. This can be quite useful for those that are trying to retrace their steps to get at a vital piece of information. Bookmarks are single points of reference like an address. But the human brain doesn’t always work this way – sometimes it’s easier to remember how you got somewhere. A9’s Search History takes this geographical metaphor to the virtual world of clickstreams.

I notice that Ask Jeeves has a similar feature on it’s My Jeeves which is currently in Beta.

The other feature that I enjoy using is the image search which throws up images related to your search query right alongside and in context with the web hits. This is especially useful when doing searches on individuals. For those of you into vanity searches, it’s always a kick to scroll through all the people out there that share your name.

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Home at Last!

Almost two months to the day of searching and we finally got the house of our dreams. We are now going to be residents of the Island of Alameda!

We must have reviewed at least 50 houses and were in bidding wars on three of them. I was beginning to get blase about the whole process, with all the offers & counter-offers, and it was getting to be kind of enjoyable. Such a game! Our realtor came to meet us while we were eating dinner with Mie & Dav so we could sign our latest counter-offer. Dav mentioned that the last time he went to dinner with someone who was sitting on an offer, they won. He must have some kind of real estate karma thing that rubbed off on us – thanks Dav!

I’m glad it’s over. We were cooling our jets in Berkeley on the latest round of bidding when our realtor called and said, “So, are you ready to move in?” We immediately whooped it up and sang “we got a house. . . .we’ve. . . got. . . a. . .house” all the way back to the apartment.