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Google’s source:life

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

One of the neatest recent additions to Google search is the LIFE photo archive.

Basically, google images is now indexing a large photo archive owned by the famous Life magazine. Many of these images were also never published before. Talk about a jump back into some of the finest moment in history. Some of these photos date back to around the 1750s.

To search this archive for a specific keyword, simply append the following to your search term(s):  source:life

Try some of the following searches for instance:
BluesTitanicGold rush
You may also browse through the decades-categorized items on the official landing page

Simply, amazing!

Google search tips

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

‘Face’ photos
When searching for images, you could narrow down your search to ‘faces’. Simply, append ‘&imgtype=face’ to the end of the google images search url.
So if you’re searching for Robert De Niro, try doing it with ‘face’ as image type

File Types
You could specify the type of file you’re looking for. Simply append ‘filetype: type’ to your search query. So if you’re looking for an excel file related to subject Foo, then search for: ‘Foo filetype:xsl’

Site limitation
If you’d like to narrow down your search results to those coming from a certain website, you may use the ‘site:’ feature. For instance, if you’re looking for new year related articles on, search for: ‘new year’

Are you looking for a quick definition of a certain word, abbreviation, etc? use google’s ‘define:’ criteria. For example, if you’re not sure what AFAIK means, simply search for: ‘define:AFAIK’. A set of definitions from multiple glossary website will be returned.
Note that you may do so for multiple languages

Cached version
Looking for a quick way to see google’s cache of a certain page? simply search for ‘cache:url’. For example, searchfing for ‘’ would return google’s latest cached version of the page

You may easily resort to converting units in google! try searching for some of the following: ’12 feet in meters’, ’10 kilograms in pounds’, ’20 degrees celsius in fahrenheit’.
You may also resort to currency conversions (not lively updated as it seems), e.g. ’24 euros in usd’

On a note similar to that of the conversions, you may do simple to medium mathematical calculations using google as well. Try searching for sin(50), cos(39), tan(82)*24/cos(41). Quite neat.

Current time
You can easily find the local time in a given city. Simple use: ‘time in cityname’. For instance, trying ‘time in kuala lumpur’ can return at the time of testing: 10:32am Saturday (MYT) – Time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Weather forecasts have never been easier. Try searching for ‘Weather in Prague’, ‘Weather in Rio de Janeiro’. You’d get a 4 days forecast (including today), with high, low and cute descriptive icons.

Yes, google does help you get quick stock quotes as well! simply search for ‘stocks:stockname’. e.g., searching for ‘stocks:dji’ will return the Dow Jones Industrial Average, along with open, high, low, last update time and simple activity graph!

Movies show times
Google allows you to search for movies show times, by ZIP codes. So for instance, if you reside in Beverly hills 90210, try searching for: ‘showtimes 90210′

Page titles
Looking for web pages that contain a specific set of terms? you may query google using the following method: ‘intitle: “sentence here”‘, e.g. ‘intitle: “dude where’s my car”‘

You may let google search not only for terms you enter, but also their synonyms. For instance, if you’d like to find website that list inspirational quotes, with whatever synonyms inspirational might have (such as motivational), try looking for: ‘~inspiring quotes’ (by adding the tilde as a prefix to the terms in question)

Recovering your blog posts

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

So it seems that is gone for good. For those of you that used to have blogs hosted there, now is the right time to try to recover as much of your blog posts as possible.
Definetly, the only resource that one can think of is search engine cache. Andrew heart seems to have already mentioned this, but let me emphasis on some tips and tricks while doing your search.

Recovering blog posts using google

* To search for all your blog’s cached pages, use:

* If there are lots of indexed pages and you’re looking for a specific post, use: intitle:”your post title

The quotes around your post title means that the post title contains that exact phrase. If you’re unsure of the exact title, but remember a couple words from it, you can use: intitle:word1 intitle:word2 intitle:word3

* If you’re looking for a specific category page on your blog, use: inurl:cat

* If you’re looking just for entries, not general pages and category pages, use: inurl:entryid

* If you’re looking at posts with comments, try using: inurl:displaycomments

* If you’re looking for a list of posts from a specific month, use: inurl:”m=0” inurl:”Y=0000

replacing the dummy zeros with the month and year value

* If you’d like to recover your profile info, use: inurl:yourusername

replacing yourusername with your actual username.

* If your blog had authors/contributors and you’re looking for posts from a specific one, use: inurl:author inurl:TheAuthorName

Obviously, replacing TheAuthorName with the used author name.

* If you’re looking for all blog entries that DO NOT match a certain term in their title, use: -intitle:termToDisregard

Note that if you want to exclude some term(s) from all the result (i.e. not just found in the title), use: -termToDisregard1 -termToDisregard2 -termToDisregard3

* If your’d like to see thumbnails of images on your blog that google has cached, go to: (replace yourusername)

The image cache is not for the full size images, but this might help you remember which photos you uploaded, and you may discover you you still have them somewhere on your drive!

Recovering your items using MSN live search or Yahoo! site explorer

Google is not the sole search engine indexing content. So if there is an item on your blog that google did not cache (and it’s very possible), try searching for the missing content on other search engines.
MSN Live is one other good example, with search keywords almost identical to that of google.

The URL is
Useful Keywords you could use are intitle:, site:, – (negating a word), “” (quotations, to search for exact terms). Though, not sure about the alternative to google’s inurl

Yahoo! site explorer is at
‘Exploring’ your blog can be done at (replacing yourusername with your actual blog username). A link to each of the pages’ cached copy is available

Keep in mind that search engines will eventually de-index their cache, once the pages in question will be found to be no longer available. So, act quickly on recovery.

Right now, Google has 53.2K pages, and 375 images indexed.
MSN Live has 12.5K pages and 23K images indexed.
Yahoo! has 2.3K pages and 536 image thumbs.
I wonder if these are normal numbers or did the search engines start deindexing?

Google Chrome tips

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Useful keyboard shortcuts:

  • CTRL+T: Open new tab
  • CTRL+W: Close tab
  • CTRL+N: New window
  • CTRL+U: View page’s source code
  • CTRL+J: File download history
  • CTRL+SHIFT+N: Incognito window (no traces in the browser history or cookies)
  • SHIFT+ESCAPE: Google Chrome’s Task Manager (can kill tabs, etc)
  • CTRL+E or CTRL+K: perform a Google search for term(s) you provide
  • CTRL+TAB: Browse through tabs (forwards)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB: Browse through tabs (backward)
  • CTRL+D: Bookmark current page
  • CTRL+F or F3 or CTRL+G: Search current page & highlight search terms (you can move through term occurences by using CTRL+G (forward) or CTRL+SHIFT+G (backward))
  • CTRL+H: View history
  • CTRL+R: Refresh
  • CTRL+L: Highlight address bar
  • CTRL+B: Show/hide bookmarks bar
  • CTRL+SHIFT+J: Code inspector
  • CTRL+SHIFT+L: JavaScript debugger
  • CTRL+SHIFT+B: Bookmark manager
  • CTRL+(+) / CTRL+(-): Increase / decrease font size
  • CTRL+5: Takes you to the 5th tab directly (replace 5 but your desired tab number)
  • ALT+Home: Opens the Chrome ‘home’ page in a new tab

To view some useful browser-recorded data, type one of the following in the address bar:

about:stats (counters/timers)
about:cache (what the browser has stored in its cache)
about:memory (useful to see which tab/window is consuming most memory)
about:dns (domain name resolution related data)
about:network (VERY useful. For instance, if some tabs are loading content, you can track what pages, files are being fetched)

- You may jump backward (or forward) through the tab’s history by holding down the backward (or forward) arrow on the address bar.
In other terms, you can view the previous URLs a tab has been through and chose one of them, instead of looping sequentially (clicking the back button several times)

- You may perform simple mathematical calculations without opening your calculator! Simply, type it in the address bar. e.g. typing 21.5 / 3.2 (with spaces) would yield the 6.71875 result WITHOUT havint to press RETURN/ENTER.
You could use this same method to do conversions. e.g. typing ’43 miles in km’ and waiting for a second would return¬† 69.201 miles. Quite neat.

- You may resize text areas you stumble upon on web pages. Simply, click and hold the bottom right corner of the box and voila!

- You may detach a tab by dragging it into your Desktop. This will change this tab into a brand new Chrome window!
Alternatively, you may ‘attach’ a tab to another Google chrome window by dragging it from one window to another.
In other words, if you have 2 Google Chrome windows open, you may move a tab from the first instance to the second.