@jmccormac, that sounds good, and I agree on G going the wrong way.
Duck sounds interesting and the results doesn't seem bad at all, at least on my first tries, I will keep playing with it.
Lycos? who owns lycos today? it was good. It was a property of Telefonica.
What happened to Cuil? there were a lot of promises behind that launch.
I'm curious, how an independent SE grows? where do they get the money? There was a time when getting indexed was a paid service, it was interesting because we carefully decided where to invest regarding their traffic and results, but now being free... I mean working on a SE is a difficult job.