Faster than a speeding modem, but worth it?

Q. Dear Propeller Head: I see that Microsoft has released a new search engine. Is Google still king of the hill? — S. Brin

A: Yes, with even less fanfare than Microsoft Bob (remember that dud?). Microsoft released a new search engine as part of its MSN Web site last month ( Why so little PR? Maybe because, like Bob, it was DOA.

Is it just me, or do you also get a perverse sense of pleasure when Microsoft gets egg on its face? Go Linux! Go Firefox! Rah, rah, rah!