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January 12, 2007 at 4:07 PM

Stephen Manes isn’t Cranky.com anymore

When I ran into Seattle-based tech writer Stephen Manes at the Las Vegas airport, he told me he’s taking a sabbatical, funded in part by the sale of the Cranky.com domain name he used for years.

The cantankerous critic writes for Forbes and PC World. He also co-wrote a noted biography of Bill Gates with former Seattle Times columnist Paul Andrews. Much earlier, he penned the screenplay for the standout Raquel Welch-Bill Cosby film, “Mother, Jugs and Speed.”

But he hit the jackpot with Cranky.com, which he sold to a search engine targeting older baby boomers and senior citizens. Manes wouldn’t tell me how much he made, but it was enough to buy him a car and some tiime off.

Cranky may have found its niche. On Friday the top search terms were sex, brain builders and jobs after retirement. Other top searches included arthritis, elderhostel, blogs and “make new friends.”

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