Hello, and welcome to the Friday Tech Fix for June 5! My original goal has been to cover what I think are the “biggest” technology stories of the week, and why lawyers should care about them. But we are currently living in extraordinary times, and big technology news has been taking a backseat to, well…..more
Meet Mr. Sapo
I have no idea who MrSapo is, but he/she/they have an interesting search interface. As Tara Calishain puts it, it’s not exactly a meta-search engine — more like a “meta-interface” site. But it’s pretty cool — you can run your search on multiple engines all in the same window. You can even run different…
Because You Can Never Have Enough Cool Tools
Check out Chris Sherman’s Three Cool Search Gizmos], with some nifty tools to enhance your searching experience. I especially like the Printer Friendly bookmarklet, which automatically finds the “Printer Friendly” page so you don’t have to scour the page looking for the tiny link.
Resolved: Better Searching
Chris Sherman posted his Search Resolutions for the New Year over at SearchDay, and he’s got some good stuff. Interestingly, though, when he resolves to “Break the Google Toolbar Habit,” he doesn’t plan to wander far from it. What he really means is to stop using Internet Explorer, the only platform for which Google Toolbar…
Another Word about PubSub
I have mentioned PubSub several times over the past year — it is a terrific way to keep up with information on the Internet, without having to constantly check resources day after day. Once you set PubSub to monitor your keyword searches for you, all you have to do is wait for the results to…
Another Reason to try the Yahoo! Toolbar
If you want to add an extra dimension to your search experience, download and try the Yahoo! Toolbar, which now offers access to the two million library records of WorldCat, a central catalog of library holdings.
Become a URL Expert
Sometimes an important part of getting to the right source on the Internet is knowing the exact URL. Once you understand how URLs work, you can often find information that did not appear to be immediately available. The folks at Eipert Information Services have a two-part series on URLs that you should definitely check out:…
Over 8 Billion Served
It’s always a game of one-upsmanship in the search engine world. The same day the new MSN Search debuts featuring 5 billion pages, Google announces that its index now contains a whopping eight billion pages.
MSN Search: Better Late Than Never?
After what seems like years of tweaking and refining, Microsoft finally released a beta version of its search tool, which now relies on its own Web crawlers to provide the over 5 billion pages it indexes. The interface is much cleaner (a la Google), and there are some interesting new features:
- Try the Search Builder
Firefox Officially Released
Although I and many of you have been using it for months, the Firefox browser, Version 1.0, was finally released yesterday. If you haven’t tried Firefox yet, you should — it has some terrific features that you don’t get with Internet Explorer. Search Engine Watch is going great guns with information on Firefox,…