Yahoo Snags TellMe Execs

Updated: The ink on the Microsoft-TellMe Networks deal isn’t even dry, and we are already seeing some key executives leaving the company. Gary Clayton, the chief creative officer of TellMe and the man who was at TellMe’s helped develop the critically acclaimed mobile search application is joining Yahoo as a vice president in the research & development division. Victor Chen, another key TellMe executive (he was lead product manager) is joining Yahoo as well.

Jeff Bonforte, Vice President of Yahoo’s Real Time Communications business confirmed their move, and said he was stoked to get two guys who know a lot about VoiceXML applications. What these hires likely mean – Bonforte won’t give us details – is that Yahoo is going to be looking to add voice to its web services mix pretty soon.

Who knows, a voice-based mobile search application? And it won’t even cost $800 million-plus!

MSN Desktop Search

OK, I decided to wait until I had a chance to play with it for a day before posting about MSN Desktop Search, especially since it has been posted on about 10,000 web sites.  I loaded it up yesterday morning and let it set off indexing my whole system (not just the default Outlook and My Docs stuff) first thing.  It took two hours which was no fun.  I had to let it just index everything in one go since my system is a mobile device (Sony U) and I didn’t want indexing to be firing up and down all day while I was on battery.  It was slllooooooowww.

Once all my info was indexed I played with it off and on and it is pretty impressive.  The search options and windows look good and are very easy to work with.  It is easily the most attractive of all the search programs out there.  I did have two problems that got on my nerves, one I could live with (for a while) and one I couldn’t.  Every time I open Outlook it has to index all the new email that is downloaded upon program start and that causes an annoying delay before I could get productive.  Not a killer but grating.  The second problem is the killer for me and the reason I just removed it from my system.  Something MSN Search is doing interferes with the suspend in Windows XP.  I use my device all day on battery power and suspend and resume all day.  Three times my Sony wouldn’t suspend, requiring a complete reboot to get suspend back.  Three times I had to wait forever for WinXP to reboot.  And rebooting is so hard on the battery. 

I am going to keep my eye on MSN Desktop Search for future versions as I am sure Microsoft will address these problems eventually.  Meanwhile I am quite happy using my favorite search tool, Copernic Desktop Search.

The Wally- high tech yacht

Wally_1Wonder what the big boss does on weekends? Why, he takes out his Wally 118 which only set him back just over $24 million. Accomodations are luxurious as you would expect with a master stateroom, guest stateroom, and 3 crew cabins. The Wally will cruise along at 60 knots with a range of 380 nautical miles at that speed. The electronics are state of the art and fit perfectly with the unique modern design of the vessel. If you have that much money to burn you might as well go all the way.