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Google Instant Search - Just because we can

Published October 1, 2010

Google Instant Search - Just because we can

Instant Search has been out and about for a while now, and I can’t see that it’s made my life any better, but I don’t particularly hate it either. I’ve been catching up with some TWiT podcasts, and Leo has talked extensively about why they would choose to implement something like this and what purpose it serves. It’s an interesting subject, because search is so very fundamental to the way I use the web.

What is wrong with good ol' searching?

Published June 14, 2009

What is wrong with good ol' searching?

It seems like every five minutes now, there is a new feature to Google, or a new search engine making it’s debut. They all proclaim to be the next big innovation in searching, and some will even revolutionise the way we find information on the web. I have already taken a quick look at Wolfram Alpha, which says it is not trying to be a Google killer. Mahalo has always been a different kind of search - curated by humans to provide the best and most relevant links for your topic.

Search and ye shall find

Published May 20, 2009

Search and ye shall find

A couple of days ago, I talked about Wolfram|Alpha, which is making its way in the knowledge search universe. On a different search engine note, I found yesterday that Google wouldn’t load for me, and for a good few seconds, I was completely stumped as to where else to go. Google is so integrated into my online experience and the little box in the top right of my browser makes searching so easy.

When alpha is better than beta

Published May 16, 2009

When alpha is better than beta

The Wolfram|Alpha search engine went live today, and it’s really, really cool. It’s not meant to be any kind of competition to Google, and in fact, links off to the Goog if you want to find web links related to your search term. Wolfram’s mission is to collate knowledge and give you hard facts about a given subject. For example: Searching for my own name gives me information on how popular it is, age distribution, expected number of people alive with that name, etc.

I prefer Wiki-oogle

Published July 25, 2008

I prefer Wiki-oogle

I have recently upgraded to Firefox 3 and am writing a post about my experiences so far. The main problem I have had is that none of my old extensions work on the new version. This is slightly annoying, but at the same time, they really were due a clear-out. I had a weather thing in the top nav bar that I never even looked at. Sometimes I would accidentally click on it and wonder what the hell was going on.