Power Google Search Usage – Part 4

September 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

Screenshot 2015-09-07 14.44.19Here is my final installment in power Google search tips – have fun!

19 – Page Titles – want to be really specific with your search? You can restrict it to just page titles with intitle:eigrp for example.

20 – Use Google on your Site – check out www.google.com/cse to use the Google search technology for your own Web site.

21 – Advanced Search – having trouble remembering all the syntax for the various advanced search options? Just use www.google.com/advanced_search. It is the GUI method! 🙂

22 – Choose your Source – use the source: command to filter content – for example Cisco Systems source:techradar. Don’t forget to click on NEWS after this search for it to work.

23 – Catch a Movie – need a study break? Search on showtimes – you can even follow that with a location.

24 – Conversions – try things like 20 GBP in USD or 12 cm in inches.

25 – Plain Language – try using plain language in your searching like “What is the stratum in NTP?”

I sure hope you enjoyed these 25 tips for power Google use.

Power Google Search Usage – Part 3

September 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

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Here are more great tips on power Google searching! Check out the IT Cert category of this blog for the previous parts of this series.

14 – Stay Anonymous – want to eliminate Google from tracking what you are up to as you search? Be sure to log out of your Google account. Just click your image in the top right and choose Sign Out.

15 – Get More Search Results – if you want to see more than 10 results on a page for your Google search – click the cog in the top right of a Google search. Choose Search Settings. Disable instant search predictions and then you can set how many results you want returned for each search. Keep in mind that asking for too many per page can really slow down a system.

16 – SafeSeach – in order to eliminate most violent and inappropriate content that could show up in a search – you can use the SafeSearch feature by clicking the cog in the top right of a search. You can even lock this setting in the Search Settings option.

17 – WebCam Views! – Search for inurl:view/view.shtml in order to peep in on WebCam views from around the world. OK, OK – now get back to studying!

18 – Trends? – want to blog about something people around the world are searching for? Check out www.google.com/trends

Come back tomorrow for more cool tips!

Put Me in Coach – I’m Ready to Learn!

February 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

If this headline did not put a song in your head – take a break from your work or studies and enjoy this classic tune:

I know I am excited and ready to learn after my first CBT Nuggets coaching session! Wow! So my killer coach Karin Klinger called me right on time yesterday per our scheduled appointment. Our conversation quickly turned to what I really need to learn here at CBT Nuggets and how quickly I would like to do it.

Karin really helped me identify a realistic weekly plan, something that I was struggling with. I mean, I really don’t know how much is too much when it comes to watching videos and really retaining the information. I plan on watching the Server 2012 R2 videos and labbing up what I see, and that really could take some time. And how much of that time do I really have per week.

Karin also made it clear that she will be watching me! That’s right – she can see my progress. How long it takes me to watch a full Nugget, how many of them I have watched, etc. While at first this made me a little uneasy, by the end of the call, I could not wait to log in and start showing her some progress. Accountability – indeed!

Karin also pointed me in the direction of killer resources that I will use as I go through my Server 2012 R2 journey.

Finally, Karin and I agreed on a schedule of when we will be touching base with each other – that is two weeks from now initially, but perhaps might transition to once per month if I can demonstrate I am not going to mess this whole thing up!

For me – accountability coaching is an immediate success, making a profound impact on my priorities and learning. In fact, I am going to stop writing now, because I am off to the Installing Servers Nugget of Server 2012 R2. James Conrad…take it away buddy!

Thanks again Karin, cannot wait for our next call…

I Have a Coach at CBT Nuggets!

February 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm


I am so excited to start the Accountability Coaching program at CBT Nuggets. I really need to update my MCSE skills in the Windows Server department, and I just keep dragging my feet on it.

I might not train on these products in the future, but I sure use them everyday as I choose to run VMs and Cisco’s VIRL against these server platforms.

From what I have heard about Coaching at CBT Nuggets, it will be a great way for me to ensure I am staying on track with this endeavor. I will be sure to post here about my experiences in the program. In fact – step 1 has already happened and was painless. I was assigned a coach – Karin – and I visited her CBT Nuggets page in order to schedule my first coaching call. I was thrilled to see she had several time slots available tomorrow since I really need to start this journey right away.

Here is a video on the coaching program that I watched that got me excited about this:

How Well are You REALLY Listening?

February 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

More times than I want to admit it – I don’t listen to others all that well. Hey – after all – I am paid to TALK – not always to listen.

In the 7 Habits of Kick Ass people (I think the actual title might be Highly Effective People or something like that) – we learn there are different levels of listening. I am really going to work on empathic listening from now!

  • Ignoring – here we are not listening at all – it was I do when I hear a Kayne West song 😉
  • Pretending – I am guilty of this with my wife sometimes
  • Selective listening – we are only hearing what we want to really
  • Attentive listening (active) – we are paying attention and focusing energy on the process
  • Empathic listening  – the highest level we can achieve!




Power Google Search Usage – Part 2

January 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Ready for more power Google tips? Here they are:

6. Local Searching – looking for something nearby? Try – “NY Style Pizza” 01505 – or, if for some reason you do not know where you are – hit Search Tools after your search and use the area options – including the ability to auto-detect your area.

7. Better Images – use the Search Tools options at images.google.com and do all kinds of cool things like select the type of image you need and even find royalty-free stuff.

8. Better Images – Part 2 – search for something general like cliff, and the images results will give you more specific suggestions at the top of the screen.

9. Web History – want to improve the accuracy of Google auto-recommendations for you, and also get a nice detailed history of your searching – check out history.google.com – are you freaked out about Internet privacy – don’t go near this feature. 🙂

10. Time Sensitive? – Use the Search Tools option in order to refine the time range of what you are looking for. I love this feature combined with news.google.com – especially when I am checking for NFL injury information.

11. Site Down? – web site down you desperately need to get to? Try cache:cisco.com in your search in order to pull up a cached copy.

12. File Types – want a specific type of file about a subject? No problem – for example – filetype:pdf “EIGRP Named Mode”

13. Let Google Help – Google will suggest related searches at the bottom of the page that just might help you narrow things down for what you need.


More great tips on the way in the next post…