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If it’s out there, Cuil will find it for you!”

Former Google alums Tom Costello, Anna Patterson and Russell Power help developed cuil.com (pronounced as cool; an old Irish word for knowledge), a new search engine about to challenge Google dominance.  Cuil claims they have more web pages index (120 billion) and searches more pages on the Web than anyone else – three time as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.

Done myself test search – the interface bit impressive as some photos are embedded at results but definitely surfers will find it bit thin vis-a-vis Google’s simple and direct navigation yet definitive results.  Google has welcome the competition to continue better their service but Cuil has yet to introduce what made Google a standout ie., image, group, video, blogs, Gmail etc..

After search testing Cuil is good but not great and will remain as an alternative search engine.  Was it worth the effort?  Making it big (fame and fortune) is want we’re in for anyway!

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My gutsy sis Rhod took a needed month off from work and now back at Dubai, UAE.  She went home last June (to celebrate mom and dad 47 years of marriage) but spent most days at home.  First photo was taken inside San Francisco Church with my parents, dad suffered brain stroke four years ago.  Second photo are the ladies of the house with Luz (my wife, in yellow), my other sis MJ (in pink) and my niece Una (first, left) and my two sis-in-law Susan and Jasmin.

Yesterday I affixed my signature on the proposed bill by Cong. Bernardo F. Piñol Jr. (2D, North Cotabato) attempt to reduce 10 years of service for all government employees with a compulsory retirement age of 55 years and an optional retirement age of 50 years. House Bill 3032 despite pending with the committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation chaired by Cong. Raul T. Gonzales Jr. (LD, Iloilo) would be safe to write that it will save billions for the government in terms of personnel services funding. HB3032 was filed last 11-07-2007.

I believe the campaign was aimed nationwide to generate buzz among government workers and personally I welcome such move and don’t see fellow civil servants disagreeing as long as retirement benefits are in order. What I would like to see yapping is GSIS Winston Garcia’s take on the issue after personally meddling with MERALCO affairs (thanks to media shift on Sulpicio Lines and Typhoon Frank). If GSIS records are still messed up this HB would be dropping a sledgehammer at their head but I’m pretty sure GSIS members would end-up bleeding.