I SAW TWO USERS arrive yesterday here after using the online version of Blinkx. This search engine is way-Alpha--few bells and whistles but a nice clean look and feel. Plus this: blinkx caches lots of pages of results and presents them to you in groups of 10 with simple rollovers of numbers on top of the results screen.
By their own estimation, Blinkx has 10% of the web indexed. I wonder how many pages comprise the web today. It appears that Blinkx is crawling the web sideways instead of drilling through the web longitudinally because when I ego-surf for "bernie goldbach" I get many locations shown in the top 10 that are far off the centre of the Googlesphere.
Update 8 Oct 04: I reinstalled Bllinkx because of direct feedback I have received from Irish educators using the program. Blinkx now thinks its system has 50% of the web indexed. The web page results I get seem more like Excite, AltaVista or FAST than Google, but they are relevant nonetheless. The hard drive results I get are fast but not comprehensive because I installed Blinkx without Fast Indexing. This meant I could not locate some course training materials on my hard drive by using only Blinkx shortly after it installed. I will update my results after I let Blinkx index my system overnight. For the moment, Blinkx works faster than the search function inside Windows Explorer and that is a welcome enhancement.
Blinkx -- online search page