Category Archives: About Google

Default to Google: it’s a hard habit to break

From time to time SearchEngineWatch produces useful reviews of search engines other than Google. Recently DuckDuckGo has been in spotlight. This was a useful article because the author really tried hard to give DuckDuckGo a proper trial and with some … Continue reading

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Tip of the day: a neat ebook on Google search tips and tricks

Gizmag, which itself is an interesting read for anyone of techy-mindedness, is currently offering a free download to A Guide to Google Tools, Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without You can fill in a form to download the book … Continue reading

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Google news manoeuvers with a European flavour

News is a ubiquitous free and fee-based commodity on the web. There’s always a lot of it out there, with many duplicate and similar versions of the same story doing the rounds giving the appearance of even more news than … Continue reading

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Google progresses its mission to digitise libraries and make them searchable

A Happy New Year to you. Here’s to 2015, may the search continue! Oooh, that sounds a bit Star Wars-like, but there we are. As a friend once quoted Yoda to me: “do or do not, there is no try”, … Continue reading

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An interview with the Google founders – worth a read

Disruptive Searcher’s in the middle of many things at the moment, but I’d like to pause for a brief moment from the frenetic world of work to slurp tea and highlight this article from The Guardian: Google’s founders on the future of … Continue reading

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Oy, don’t make my life so searchable! Who said that? Um, I’ve forgotten

Disruptive Searcher’s been rather too quiet. Odd, since there are so many topics she could/should be covering at present. To start with there’s the high profile more-than-somewhat disruptive debate around the recent “right to be forgotten”  ruling and what Google … Continue reading

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Scanning the horizon for all the books

It’s being widely reported in the media that Google has finally been given the green legal light to scan the world of books until it reaches the far horizon. It’s a lovely thought, and could be quite disruptive – a … Continue reading

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Google’s birthday bash

Well, happy 15th birthday Google. It’s had a chequered ride, which is hardly surprising being as that’s what tends to happen to market leaders. I’ll admit to having had a very quick bash on the piñata Google Doodle. Probably my … Continue reading

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Shurley a bit simplistic

I’m not usually one to come to the defence of Google, indeed I’d love it if they made their preferences easier to find, search tips more obvious (how about a search tips button?) and didn’t hide “verbatim” quite so well. … Continue reading

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Engineering a good search

R&D Magazine offers a worthwhile article on information literacy for the engineering profession. “Information literacy” is the technical term for “really good search and evaluation skills” and for “engineering” you could read “anyone wanting to carry out academic research at … Continue reading

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