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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

 
This is a good new multi-search engine. It draws results from Google, Yahoo, MSN, Altavista, Teoma, Wisenut, AlltheWeb and Kobala. You can have 3 columns of results on the screen, park results for later enquiry, delete results and add to Favourites. It's really quite impressive, but it does make use of Flash, so if you don't have that, you can't use it. Try it at: iZiTO Personalized Human Intelligence Search

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

 
Yahoo are updating their My Yahoo! with some new features. Looks fine, but not a lot to get excited about yet.
 
This article: Why Google Will Defeat Yahoo! in the Web Hosting War by Derek Vaughan suggests they can and will.
 
Good article entitled Getting Flash Sites Ranked in Search Engines which basically says 'it's a bad idea and it's going to be very difficult to make it work'.
 
Interesting article about how A9 could, *hypothetically* use the information on registered users searching habits to pipe selected adverts at them, and more. Kirkville - A9.com - Amazon's Trojan Horse

Monday, September 27, 2004

 
Interesting little utility - type in your website URL and see where it takes you to by means of a graphical page of links. TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01
 
Another search engine providing a 'quick peek' approach. Sir Search
 
Google Personalized Search attempts to do exactly what it says on the tin.
 
Every standard curriculum primary and secondary school in the UK now has its own .sch.uk Internet address, following the completion of a five year project by Nominet. Details at: Netimperative - UK schools get .sch.uk domain
 
Yet another search engine! This one looks useful, and has some good links (under 'more') that take you to a variety of different tools that are useful for web authors. You can find it at: Objects Search - Free Search Engine

Friday, September 24, 2004

 
Nice little tool that I found courtesy of looking at the ever wonderful Mary Ellen Bates weblog. Google API Proximity Search is a utility that allows you to search Google for terms in order and within 1-3 words of each other. Very nifty!
 
The Stephen Nolan show on Radio Ulster interviewed me this morning regarding unpleasant images to be found on the internet. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the following link to BBC - Northern Ireland - Radio Ulster - Nolan and clicking on 'Listen to the latest show'
 
Lots of rumours doing the rounds at the moment regarding the people that Google have hired recently. The general feeling is that they've been hired to create a browser to take on Internet Explorer. This is a pretty logical thing for them to do really, so it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. An example of the discussions surrounding this is available at the New York Post Online Edition: business
 
Furl, which I think is an excellent resource has been purchased by LookSmart. This is an excellent bit of news, since it ensures that Furl will continue to be free (as well as providing each user with 5 gigs of hard disk space) and will make money by providing contextual advertising. The full press release is available at the link: LookSmart's Furl - Letter to Members
 
Google has digitised some printed material and made it available via a normal web search. Searches can be for magazine articles or exerpts from books. The link from ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2004 provides you with a search box you can use to try it out.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

 
Nice series of link relating to what some libraries are doing on the web called Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries. US bias, but still of interest.
 
If you're a web author putting together web pages for your library site you might want to take a look at: Accessible Design Home Page which lists some useful hints and tips.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 
Meta search engine with thumbnails that can be expanded so that you get a good view of the page before you click on it. IceRocket doesn't actually tell you where the results come from, which is a disadvantage, but overall, it's not bad. Try it yourself at: IceRocket Search
 
Further to the earlier entry, MyJeeves is now up and running and you can try it yourself at MyJeeves
 
Hot on the heels of A9, Ask Jeeves is gearing up to provide more personalisation. Story at: Newsday.com - AP Technology

Monday, September 20, 2004

 
Some useful statistics about the use of broadband rather than dial-up in the BBC article: BBC NEWS | Technology | Broadband starts to rival dial-up

Friday, September 17, 2004

 
Google has just started to offer the facility of setting up your own groups, in the same way that Yahoo etc. have been doing for a long while. I've taken a look and it does appear to be interesting, so I've set up the Google Groups : Internet-searching group. Feel free to take a visit (not that there's anything to be seen yet) and hopefully sign up and take part!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

 
You've no doubt seen, and probably been sent, emails that supposedly come from banks, ebay, PayPal and so on asking for your personal details. These don't usually come from the people you think, and you're in danger of providing people with information that will allow them to steal money from you. If you think that you're not going to get fooled (or even if you think you might!) take a 10 question quiz and see how well clued up you really are!
 
A9, the search engine offering from Amazon has added some interesting new features. Pandia.com provides a good listing at: Search Engine News, on Web searching and search engine optimization

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

 
Nice article from Searchenginewatch on how searchers think - and how they refine their queries based on what previous searches return.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

 
Very interesting little .pdf from PewInternet on how often people use search engines, how good they think they are, and how much they trust them. All rather frightening really!

Monday, September 13, 2004

 
Nice short article on weblogs calledFrequently Asked Questions About Weblogs and Blogs.
 
The Search-engines-web page provides a useful handy all in one page on what affects ranking with major search engines. Useful if you're a web page author and need better rankings.

Friday, September 10, 2004

 
A very nice and easy to use Color Scheme Generator to help designers choose appropriate colours for their sites.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

 
I decided that I had way too many favorites, but I didn't want to have the hassle of going through and checking to see which ones had died, so I downloaded AM-DeadLink which is a small utility that goes through your Favorites file, checking each link in turn. You can sort by dead links, and directly delete them from the Favorites bar, replace them with others that do work, get rid of duplicates and so on. Fast and very effective.
 
This is a fun search engine, and it's called peerbot | seerch different! It searches for favicons, which are the small images that you get to the left of the URL in the address bar. Has it got a real use? I'm not entirely sure, but it's fun!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

 
Very interesting article entitled Is Google Broken? which suggests that Google has reached the limit of the pages that it can index. Certainly worth reading.
 
Google's 6th (Google Weblog) birthday as of yesterday.

Monday, September 06, 2004

 
SMEALSearch is a niche search engine that searches the web and catalogs academic articles as well as commercially produced articles and reports that address any branch of Business. The search engine crawls websites of universities, commercial organizations, research institutes and government departments to retrieve academic articles, working papers, white papers, consulting reports, magazine articles, and published statistics and facts.
 
Wotbox now comes in international flavours - Australian, Canadian, German, Spain, France, Italy, New Zealand, UK and US. Also, when a search is run, a little flag next to the websites returned displays the country of origin.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

 
Here's an interesting fact that I didn't know - apparently according to a Google scientist, over 50% of the 200 million searches per day have never been searched before! More details at: PRESS RELEASE: Are You Ready to Explode Your Keyword Lists?
 
Interesting and short article entitledWindowsDevCenter.com: Internet Explorer Toolbar Wars which briefly provides the pros and cons of the offerings of Google, Yahoo, MSN and Dogpile. Google comes out the winner.