New search engine unimpressive so far

Q. The new Cuil search engine says it has indexed 120 billion Web pages, three times more than other sites. Does that mean if I use Google or MSN I can't get to billions of Web pages?

In case you don't follow every new outburst of Web start-up hype, Cuil (www.cuil.com) is a search site founded by a few Google alumni. It launched July 28 with promises of vastly improved performance, but its record has been much less impressive. I've found that Cuil (pronounced “cool”) delivers scattershot results. It can take you on interesting detours – and is worth a shot if other search engines can't deliver – but for everyday use, stick with a site you know.