April 05, 2013, 4:53 PM —
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While answering a question for someone at IT Answers today, I stumbled across a website I'd never seen before. It's a pretty cool research tool for some quick and dirty comparisons between technology products -- and a whole lot of other things.
It's called Diffen, and it's a Wikipedia-inspired wiki that allows users to compare two things at a time (and no more) across a wide range of categories.
So let's say you're shopping for a new laptop and you want to know the difference between Intel's Core i5-2540M processor and its i7-660UE. Go to this page and you get a full list of attributes. You also can click on a button that shows you only the differences between the two processors.
Want to compare the Nokia Lumia 710 with the Motorola Droid RAZR? Boom!
But it's the non-tech categories that I find more interesting. Recent comparisons include:
Comparison categories include Actors, Bands, Billionaires, Cities, Cricketers, Music Genres, Cameras, Cell Phones, Credit Cards, Processors and Fictional Characters (you actually can compare Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter with Frank Costanza from Seinfeld.
You also can submit requests for specific comparisons. It's a pretty cool site, and should become even more useful (or entertaining) over time.