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.

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More great tips on the way in the next post…

Power Google Search Usage – Part 1

January 2, 2015 at 6:24 am

My oh my do I owe Google so much for all of the great research over the years. To start this new year off right – here are some power tips (part 1) for using this free tool.

1. Boolean Operators – use +, -, * – or my favorite – “” when searching for something exact – for example:  “EIGRP Named Mode”

2. Site Specific – for example – site:cisco.com “EIGRP Named Mode”

3. Definitions – for example – define:truffle

4. Calculator – just type your desired calculation in the search box – for example, .2*56.49 for a proper tip calculation

5. Quick Answers – Remember Ask Jeeves? The idea was you type out your question…well, Google is all over that – for example, try When did the Cubs last win the World Series?

I hope you enjoyed these tips – lots more on the way for you!

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Music to Learn By!

December 9, 2014 at 2:03 am

One of the penalties of learning so much IT all of the time is that I lose track of what is going on in the modern music scene a bit. I thought I would share the list of Rolling Stone’s Albums of the Year for 2014. Checking these out last year (thanks Spotify) was a real treat. I hope for the same this year.

1. U2 – Songs of Innocence (Whether you wanted the album or not. :-))

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2. Bruce Springstein – High Hopes

3. The Black Keys – Turn Blue

4. St.Vincent – St. Vincent

5. Miranda Lambert – Platinum

6. Charli XCX – Sucker

7. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

8. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

9. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

10. Taylor Swift – 1989

11. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead