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2014-05-03 07:36:55 AM  
More like "15 things that most people know about", in a hard to read page filled with extra links.
 
2014-05-03 08:39:00 AM  

mr_a: More like "15 things that most people know about", in a hard to read page filled with extra links.


Came here to say, "There are people who don't know about these?"
 
2014-05-03 12:52:39 PM  
Yeah, I use almost all of these on a regular basis. Perhaps the author can give us a follow-up article comparing Lycos and Alta Vista.
 
2014-05-03 01:03:47 PM  
I love the flight info tool. I use it all the time.
 
2014-05-03 01:14:42 PM  
So, 14 things you can do with Google, and 1 thing you can do with Google just once before it becomes not amusing.
 
2014-05-03 01:17:09 PM  
Type in zerg rush.  Kinda cool.
 
2014-05-03 01:22:47 PM  
Whew!  I came into the thread thinking, there'll be lots of comments from people who say they already knew all that, and TFA is dumb for stating such obvious stuff.  Fark, you did not disappoint.
 
2014-05-03 01:25:20 PM  

Hollie Maea: Yeah, I use almost all of these on a regular basis. Perhaps the author can give us a follow-up article comparing Lycos and Alta Vista.


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
I really miss AV's graph view of search facets.
I am surprised that google hasnt implemented something like that.
Patents preventing them maybe?
 
2014-05-03 01:33:59 PM  
15 things you didn't know everyone knew you could do with Google. Bonus: four of which can make your search for porn easier

FTFA
 
2014-05-03 01:38:42 PM  
Jesus Sufferin' Fu*k. Even Ric Romero is rolling his eyes at this.
 
2014-05-03 01:38:49 PM  
We all know about the site search, but I didn't know until recently that you can specify just a top-level domain. It can be useful when you're looking for reliable information to specify site:edu or site:gov.
 
2014-05-03 01:43:16 PM  
I used to have a cool thing on my homepage that did sports scores but it stopped working. So just googling "mlb" is great for scores, and "mlb standings" for standings (duh). It's nice not to have to go into a sports website and load all their crap just to check the score.
 
2014-05-03 01:58:41 PM  

violentsalvation: I used to have a cool thing on my homepage that did sports scores but it stopped working. So just googling "mlb" is great for scores, and "mlb standings" for standings (duh). It's nice not to have to go into a sports website and load all their crap just to check the score.


I just Google the team name and bingo.
 
2014-05-03 02:12:00 PM  
How can  Subby say these make searching for porn easier, when the list does not include Search by Image?

/if Google ever retires this feature, I'm switching to Bing out of spite!
//same goes for Scholar
 
2014-05-03 02:14:01 PM  
Eh, I didn't know about the file type search... so I guess I learned ONE new thing.
 
2014-05-03 02:18:15 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: mr_a: More like "15 things that most people know about", in a hard to read page filled with extra links.

Came here to say, "There are people who don't know about these?"


I didn't know about the calculator.  I never cared either.
 
2014-05-03 02:33:05 PM  
Several of these I didn't know about, like searching local film showings.  I'm not sure I understand the caustic sneering contempt from some, um...elite persons.  Wasn't there a first time you found out about these things?  Or were you conceived with this information genetically encoded into your superior intellect?
 
2014-05-03 02:35:51 PM  

mr_a: More like "15 things that most people know about", in a hard to read page filled with extra links.


And we're done.

"big bottom and boots"
 
2014-05-03 02:56:20 PM  
Author looks hittable and not just in a British hot sort of way.
 
2014-05-03 03:07:42 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Several of these I didn't know about, like searching local film showings.  I'm not sure I understand the caustic sneering contempt from some, um...elite persons.  Wasn't there a first time you found out about these things?  Or were you conceived with this information genetically encoded into your superior intellect?


No, just that I've known about them for so long I can't believe it's not a matter of cultural literacy at this point.  It's more a comment on Romero-esque article than a comment on you personally.
 
2014-05-03 03:13:09 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: ThrobblefootSpectre: Several of these I didn't know about, like searching local film showings.  I'm not sure I understand the caustic sneering contempt from some, um...elite persons.  Wasn't there a first time you found out about these things?  Or were you conceived with this information genetically encoded into your superior intellect?

No, just that I've known about them for so long I can't believe it's not a matter of cultural literacy at this point.  It's more a comment on Romero-esque article than a comment on you personally.


One thing Google needs to do a better job at is explaining all the features they offer. Hell, there are entire products which unless you follow them in depth, you may not even know exist!
 
2014-05-03 03:38:10 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: So, 14 things you can do with Google, and 1 thing you can do with Google just once before it becomes not amusing.


I might use it a second time if it could make my porn do a barrel roll.
 
2014-05-03 04:10:28 PM  
Count me among those who already knew about most of them. The "site" search was useful at getting people mad at their web folks when you search for a specific item, call the company to see if they have a more current document on-line, and they say, "oh we took all those off-line, how did you get it?" And they learn the difference between removing something and taking down a public-facing web link. The Internet Wayback Machine can be similarly useful.
 
2014-05-03 05:04:49 PM  
Okay, I don't actually use 6 and 12, and 15 was something I did exactly once.  All the others I regularly use.
 
2014-05-03 05:24:12 PM  

Electrify: there are entire products which unless you follow them in depth, you may not even know exist!


Then it's more than likely they'll fade it out, eventually.

I just loved this one:  http://www.google.com/googlenotebook/faq.html
 
2014-05-03 05:26:56 PM  
intitle: can be very useful. I was able to find a lot of digitized comic books with intitle:index.of cbr
 
2014-05-03 07:36:36 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: ThrobblefootSpectre: Several of these I didn't know about, like searching local film showings.  I'm not sure I understand the caustic sneering contempt from some, um...elite persons.  Wasn't there a first time you found out about these things?  Or were you conceived with this information genetically encoded into your superior intellect?

No, just that I've known about them for so long I can't believe it's not a matter of cultural literacy at this point.  It's more a comment on Romero-esque article than a comment on you personally.


This.

The only one I didn't have any idea about was the public data one.

At least half I use regularly, several I found by accident or are common knowledge in that that is the way other search utilities perform. (ie the - for excluding pages with that term, define is now commonly also the first "result", etc, auto complete will often finish an equation via the calculator ).

You see a couple of things like that and you kind of figure it'll do similar things or inevitable things, or hear something about it in passing (movies made a buzz when they started that, and the weather check is something damn near any gadget can do, including window's gadgets)

I was expecting things like the "zerg" from up thread, and instead, it's a list of things everyone but your grandma know's about that have been on multiples search engines and your smart phone for years and years.

You'd have to be very very young, or very very old, or otherwise very very out of touch technologically to not know a majority of that list.  You know, just got out of a 20 year stint in prison, out of a coma for a similar length of time, or be one of those "faithful" MS/AOL/Yahoo sort of people who never touches another website ever.(IE the digital equivalent of someone who's never been more than 30 miles away from the house that they were raised in).
 
2014-05-03 08:38:52 PM  

Jgok: Eh, I didn't know about the file type search... so I guess I learned ONE new thing.


Same here.  One takeaway is better than no takeaways.
 
2014-05-03 09:06:50 PM  
Electrify:
One thing Google needs to do a better job at is explaining all the features they offer. Hell, there are entire products which unless you follow them in depth, you may not even know exist!

Ironically, they don't have time, as they spend it all developing all those different features and such.  From a developer perspective, they'll release a library and accompany it with nothing more than a vague API listing and a sample program.  Debugging consists of some combination of trial and error, looking through their code (when available), and divination / augery (for when things don't work as implied).  Sometimes it's hard to figure out what parts of the API are even supposed to do without looking through the implementation.

Of course, it doesn't compare to the hour or so I spent trying to get styled text from the clipboard on an iPhone.  It was there.. I could see the object in the clipboard.. and I could see the functionality being used in Apple-made apps.  Turned out it was part of the "Private API" that 3rd-party store apps weren't allowed to use.
 
2014-05-03 09:16:59 PM  
 
2014-05-03 11:08:07 PM  

Jgok: Eh, I didn't know about the file type search... so I guess I learned ONE new thing.


Careful. There have been cases of people charged with "hacking" because they did file type searches on sites which the sites should not have had accessible via HTTP.
 
2014-05-03 11:58:09 PM  

skinbubble: Type in zerg rush.  Kinda cool.


That was neat.  As for the article, I didn't know about 6 and 15.

Still, fairly pathetic list.
 
2014-05-04 12:38:52 AM  
So she got "site:" ... but didn't get "inurl:" ... which is just as useful when porn surfing.
 
2014-05-04 03:52:49 AM  
GIS 触手 that is all
 
2014-05-04 09:52:59 AM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Several of these I didn't know about, like searching local film showings. I'm not sure I understand the caustic sneering contempt from some, um...elite persons. Wasn't there a first time you found out about these things? Or were you conceived with this information genetically encoded into your superior intellect?


Yeah, the film bit is new to me--but I don't go to the movies anyway.  Translating directly from the Google box is also new to me, I'm used to using www.google.com/translate to do it.
 
2014-05-04 12:53:56 PM  
Now if only there was a GIS trick for finding a picture if a blue waffle.
 
2014-05-04 05:11:43 PM  
GIS is pretty useless for porn. That's what Bing is for.
 
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