A new search engine claiming to have "no real lasting value" will help users sort through Dilbert and other cartoons.
Comic Explorer from start-up Plumb is a Java navigation tool that can filter through 31 comic strips from Dilbert to Charlie Brown in United Media's Comics Zone, on a daily basis.
"The Internet is full of Web sites whose sole purpose is to distract people from doing their jobs, in addition to providing useful information," a notice at the site warns. "Now thanks to the release of an intriguing new project, the problem is worse."
The product is a 150Kbytes Java applet enhanced for Intel Pentium II processors faster than 300MHz.
It was created solely for the purpose of mindless entertainment, according to its Web site. "Any resemblance to something of real, lasting value created for the good of mankind is completely unintended."
Users move liquid sliders around on the left side of the web site and click on comic strip icons, which bring up the latest version.
Users can also search comics by filtering for characteristics such as the 'zoo factor' (the degree of non-human characters in the strip) or by the age of the character, the age of the comic, and by story continuity.
Users should take notice of the disclaimer, which reads: "Comic Explorer is best used in a private place. Should you choose to engage Comic Explorer at work and your boss sees you've been doing nothing all month but laughing out loud at your desk and he/she mentions this in your year end review and you are fired or given a pay cut, Comic Explorer is not liable."
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