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  Sunday, February 21, 2010 – Permalink –

Google Searches II

Tips


Here's a link to a PDF file that shows how to maximize Google searches.

Parameters Cheat Sheet




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  Friday, December 19, 2008 – Permalink –

Googols of Deskbars

The competition grows


Remember back not too many years ago when deskbars for search engines appeared? These add-ins could search the Internet or your local machine faster than before. Google was one of the first. Now there are competitors.

Here are some reviews and comparisons:

GoebelGroup.com:
Desktop Search Tools Matrix

Pandia.com:
Desktop search tools

Google.com
Google Desktop

SearchEngineWatch.com:
Google Enhances Desktop Search

OReillyNet.com:
Google Your Desktop

Copernic.com:
Copernic Desktop Search

MSN.com
MSN Search Toolbar

Yahoo.com:
Yahoo! Desktop Search

Ask.com:
Ask Jeeves Desktop Search

Blinkx.com
blinkx v3.0 BETA

Googol:
"A googol is the large number 10100, that is, the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined in 1938 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner."

Wikipedia




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  Monday, November 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Lookup - Lookout

Information on everything



While the Google search engine can find almost anything, Google Search Tips, there are some other sites that have accumulated data lists on a number of subjects.

Including:
Melissa Data

ZIP-City-Phone

Lookup ZIP Codes, city names, the location of phone numbers or the cities covered by an area code.


Phone Numbers

Enter a phone number or area code and get city, state, county, time zone and more.

Street Name

Enter any street name in the U.S. and get a listing of which states and cities have the street name. Even displays local street address detail.

U.S. Place Names

Get location information on over 1,000,000 geographic places including lakes, streams, populated areas, schools, churches & more.

City, State & County Demographics

The latest data available from the 2000 census on 46,455 counties, states, cities and places in the U.S.

Nearest Mailing House

Find the nearest recommended mailing house in your area.

Business List Counts

Use free list counts to discover new markets. Find more customers like your best customers.

U.S. Addresses

Lookup any U.S. address and get the ZIP+4 code, area code, time zone, county, address type, street detail and more.

Canadian Addresses

Lookup any Canadian address and get the Postal Code, time zone and area code.

Home Sales by ZIP Code

Number of home sales and average sell price by ZIP Code.

SIC Code

Get business counts by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code and descriptions of SIC codes.

Campaign Contributors

Individuals who have contributed $200 or more to federal campaigns by ZIP Code.

Climate Averages

Monthly low, average and high temperatures by ZIP Code.

People Finder

Locate anyone nationwide. Search billions of public records.

Occupants by ZIP

Generate a count of occupant delivery addresses by ZIP Code. Order your Occupant list online.

ZIP Codes by County

Obtain a list of the ZIP Codes in any county in the United States.

ZIP Distance

Displays the distance between any two 5-digit ZIP Codes in the United States.

ZIPs in a Radius

Displays a listing of the ZIP Codes that fall within a radius.

Area Codes in a Radius

Displays a listing of the Area Code + Prefixes that fall within a radius.

ZIP Code Demographics

Demographics by ZIP Code. Including population, family, housing, race, age and more.

Nearest Post Office

Locate the 10 closest post offices to a ZIP Code that accept bulk mail.

Income Tax Statistics

Income tax information by ZIP Code. Includes average AGI, number of returns, average refund, filing status, age and more.

Worldwide Place Names

Location information on over 5,000,000 geographic names worldwide.

Nonprofit Organizations

Information on a nonprofit organizations by ZIP Code. Includes address, revenue, assets, type of foundation and more.


Also:
Other information sites



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  Thursday, July 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Article Search

Page turner


There are search engines around every corner. Here's one that concentrates on leading academic, industry and general interest publications.

FindArticles.com

"FindArticles is focused on delivering the best and most essential search results. There are different kinds of searches. You can cast a wide net and see what you catch, but we believe there's a better way. Why not rely on credible, freely available information you can trust? By working with the best sources, we have assembled all the essential publications covering a wide range of subjects - and are continually adding to our collection.

Our publications and subjects are organized by major categories: Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Business & Finance, Computers & Technology, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, News & Society, Reference & Education, and Sports.

Discover exactly what you need at FindArticles, using either browsing or searching techniques. Select a specific publication up front, or start with a general search and then include or exclude publications. Insert new search terms as needed to pinpoint the most relevant results. Then sort results by article date, length, relevance or publication name. It's all very easy to do here.

FindArticles has articles from thousands of resources, with archives dating back to 1984. That means you get to search for exactly what you need, from millions of articles not found on any other search engine. Please think of us any time you want to Find Articles."




For instance here are the articles printed in Home Office magazine.

Home Office - 1991 to 2001



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  Monday, July 21, 2008 – Permalink –

Google Tutor

User advice


Mark Fleming has started a new omnibus site/blog dealing with the vagarities and varieties that make up Google.

"In my discussions with other Google users, I am always amazed at how few of Google's tools they have heard of. For the most part, people are only familiar with the main search areas such as the web, news and images. And even in these areas, their knowledge of all the options that would allow them to better harness the power of Google is limited.

When I've told others of the vast features and formidable power of Google tools, they are quite frankly astonished. Compounding the problem of this unfamiliarity is the fact the Google does not make much of an effort to even tell us what's new and what's in public beta. You've usually got to hear about it somewhere else or just stumble upon it."


GoogleTutor.com
Google Tutor and Advisor

The March 26th entry, for instance, points to the Google Cheat Sheet


Also see:
Google Guide



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  Monday, March 31, 2008 – Permalink –

How Google Works

Fact and not



The magic that makes Google tick

  • Over four billion Web pages, each an average of 10KB, all fully indexed
  • Up to 2,000 PCs in a cluster
  • Over 30 clusters
  • 104 interface languages including Klingon and Tagalog
  • One petabyte of data in a cluster - so much that hard disk error rates of 10-15 begin to be a real issue
  • Sustained transfer rates of 2Gbps in a cluster
  • An expectation that two machines will fail every day in each of the larger clusters
  • No complete system failure since February 2000


Stanford University:
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine
Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page

Google.com:
How Google Works



How Stuff/Google Works

The Economist:
Case History


Or



It's all done with pigeons



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  Saturday, March 08, 2008 – Permalink –

Site Maps

Point the way



"As a Web designer and HTML builder, one of the first places I visit on a Web site is the site map. The site map shows an entire overview of the structure of the site, and more importantly, indicates how much effort was put into usability testing during the site's construction.




Learn how to chart a better site map
By Jim Kukral -Builder.com


According to Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox Usability Study on Site Maps

"27 percent of users turn to site maps when asked to learn about a site's structure. If your site map is poorly designed, you may lose 27 percent of your Web visitors. That could translate into millions of dollars of missed sales for an e-commerce site, or a massive amount of missed leads for a service company."


(A Site Map is a guide to a web site used by visitors. A Sitemap is a file used by search engines to index entries on a site. )



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  Thursday, January 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Google - Hear 'em, See 'em

Accessible searching


Google appears to have a tool or mini app for almost anything.
Here are some of their answers to making information available to the greatest number of people.

(look at 1-800-GOOG-411)


  • Web Search:
    Result pages include headers to delineate logical sections.


  • Accessible Search:
    Promotes results that are accessible.


  • Book Search:
    Full-text access to public-domain works.


  • Gmail:
    A simple yet functional HTML mode that works well with screenreaders.


  • Gmail Mobile:
    A lightweight user interface that is also speech-friendly.


  • Google Maps:
    Easy-to-use textual directions.


  • Calendar:
    A functional, yet speech-friendly user interface.


  • Audio Captchas:
    All services that use Google Accounts provide an audio alternative for the visual challenge-response tests that are used to distinguish humans from machines.


  • Mobile Transcoder:
    A mobile lens for viewing the web that produces accessible views.


  • Google Video:
    Allows uploaded videos to contain captions/subtitles in multiple languages for viewers who are hearing-impaired or unfamiliar with the original language.


  • Google Talk:
    IM clients inside a web browser can pose accessibility challenges, but the use of the open Jabber API means that Google users can choose from a variety of Jabber clients, many of which work well with adaptive technologies.


  • 1-800-GOOG-411:
    Here's an exception to the rule that we deliver most things through a web browser. Our experimental Voice Local Search service lets anyone who can speak into a phone search for a local business by name or category; get connected to the business free of charge; get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone. (Just say "text message".)




Accessibility Services



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  Friday, December 14, 2007 – Permalink –

Goog 411

Ease of use


Say you're walking down the street in a strange town, and you'd like to find a Starbucks.
(OK the question might be how not to find a Starbucks.)

Dial (1-800) GOOG-411, on your obnoxious cell phone. Speak your location and what you are looking for and you'll be connected to the harassed barista of your choice. There is no charge for the service.

It also works from a real phone. It also finds other businesses than just coffee pushers.


Goog411



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  Sunday, August 19, 2007 – Permalink –

Google Guide

How to do dat



Why Take The Google Guide Tutorial?

Google Guide

"Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? If you're like many people, you use only a fraction of Google's features and services. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.

Just as the best way to learn how to sail is to sail, the best way to learn how to search with Google is to search with Google. Consequently, this Google tutorial contains many examples and exercises designed to give you practice with the material presented and to inspire you to find amusing or useful information."


Using Search Operators:
Advanced Operators

Google Guide TOC:
Table of Contents

Also:

GoogleTutor.com

and

Googling for XML

also:


Logoogle



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  Monday, July 09, 2007 – Permalink –

Google Search Tips

Drill down to the answer


Jay White of DumbLittleMan.com has a nice site. One of the features is a list of 20 search tips to be used with Google.


Here are a few:

  • Either/or. Google normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use the OR operator -- or use the "" symbol (pipe symbol) to save you a keystroke.


  • Quotes. If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes.


  • Not. If you don't want a term or phrase, use the "-" symbol.


  • Similar terms. Use the "~" symbol to return similar terms.


  • Definitions. Use the "define:" operator to get a quick definition.


  • Vertical search. Instead of searching for a term across all pages on the web, search within a specialized field. Google has a number of specific searches, allowing you to search within blogs, news, books, and much more



20 Google Tips



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  Tuesday, March 27, 2007 – Permalink –

Google Searches

Some hints


Google still rules the search engine world. Here are a few tips on how to refine your info-hunt.

Tip #1: Use the Correct Methodology

Tip #2: Conduct an "Either/Or" Search

Tip #3: Include or Exclude Words in Your Search

Tip #4: Search for Similar Words

Tip #5: Search for an Exact Phrase

Tip #6: List Similar Pages

Tip #7: Fine-Tune Your Search with Other Operators

Tip #8: Search for Specific Facts

Tip #9: Search the Google Directory

Tip #10: Use Googles Other Specialized Searches

Ten Tips for Smarter Google Searches



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  Wednesday, February 07, 2007 – Permalink –

Other than Google

Info Tools


Add even more depth to your research than just the usual search engines.


Google, the largest search database on the planet, currently has around eight billion web pages indexed. That's a lot of information. But it's nothing compared to what else is out there.
Google can only index the visible web, or searchable web. But the invisible web, or deep web, is estimated to be 500 times bigger than the searchable web. The invisible web comprises databases and results of specialty search engines that the popular search engines simply are not able to index.


Have you heard of:
  1. Clusty - A metasearch engine that combines the results of several top search engines.

  2. Intute - A searchable database of trusted sites, reviewed and monitored by subject specialists.

  3. INFOMINE - A virtual library of Internet resources relevant to university students and faculty. Built by librarians from the University of California, California State University, the University of Detroit-Mercy, and Wake Forest University.

  4. Librarians' Internet Index - A search engine listing sites deemed trustworthy by actual human librarians, not just a Googlebot.



Topics Covered in this Article
  • Deep Web Search Engines
  • Art
  • Books Online
  • Business
  • Consumer
  • Economic and Job Data
  • Finance and Investing
  • General Research
  • Government Data
  • International
  • Law and Politics
  • Library of Congress
  • Medical and Health
  • Science
  • Transportation


And many more:
Research beyond Google



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