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Friday, August 29, 2003

 
In order to find out what sex you are, simply type some text into the box and press submit. The little utility will then tell you what sex you are. Quite what the point of this is, I'm not entirely sure.
 
Alltheweb is now indexing over 3 billion pages. And guess what? Google is now saying that they're indexing 3.3 billion pages.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

 
Gigablast continues to try and catch up with the leaders and is now offering the ability to search .pdf files.

Monday, August 18, 2003

 
Did you know that Google has a calculator function? Well they do. Pretty nifty, especially when you just type in (without quotes) answer to life, the universe, and everything

Saturday, August 09, 2003

 
Spam doesn't just come from shady companies... a really interesting article from MSNBC follows a spam audit trail back to some major companies. Worth reading - not a long article.

Friday, August 08, 2003

 
The Eatonweb.com site has a section where people can rate or review weblogs. If you've got a few seconds to spare, go and give me a ranking! Or even a review, if you've the time!

Thursday, August 07, 2003

 
It seems that people do actually buy goods from spammers. And in large quantities. Madness.
 
ZapMeta is a fairly new multi/meta search engine and I've written a quick review of it.
 
Google is finally offering newsalerts. This is a free service and one that you don't have to register for (other than providing your email address of course). A few limitations on the use of it; you can't edit them for example, and would need to delete and recreate an alert. I've not tried it myself yet, but I'll try and let you know when I do.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

 
Google has added a new search function - synonyms. In order to use it, simply put a tilde character ~ before the word you want to search for. Thus ~confederate gives you confederate, confederacy, civil war and so on.

Monday, August 04, 2003

 
Like buses, new search engines always seem to come along in groups. This is a multi/meta search engine called Zapmeta and on first glance, it looks rather good. I've not had a chance to go into it deeply, but I think it's got the potential to beat the socks off my current favourite, ez2www. I'll report back when I've had a chance to look at it.
 
There's a new search engine being tested at the moment called Wotbot and it's got some interested advanced features. It has a very small database at the moment (only 6 million pages), but it's worth taking a look at.