It's not ports, it's not governors and it's not porn: Ask.com is getting rid of Jeeves the Butler. That's right, by by beloved corporate mascot.
See, I'm not asleep at the wheel, I know what's going down. Ask.com is overhauling the way people search for things on their site and Jeeves the Butler just didn't fit in with the do-it-yourself philosophy now being espoused. So this is much more than just a style vs. substance argument. There is substance and style is following suit.
I have to believe that many Ask.com users are going to be disheartened, though. I hardly ever used the site, but it was kitschy in its own way. I like the idea of a computer answering my questions. Google offers much more reliable searches, but is too ubiquitous for some people. Ask Jeeves stood out from Google and Yahoo and even with improved search capabilities, I think something is really being lost here. Not the least of which is a fun reminder of the heady days of the dot com boom.