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Wednesday, October 6, 2004

No Google Browser


“Google board member and investor John Doerr said that despite speculation, the search giant would not enter the web browser market, but he predicted others would.”
– Stefanie Olsen, Google dampens browser speculation (, October 06 2004 [Via Search Engine Lowdown.]

Google Print Expanding

Google’s older Google Print service is expanding and just opened its front doors. Log-in to the Publisher page to promote your books for free. (Note the old Google search keyword inurl:isbn does not seem to work anymore.) [Via SearchEngineWatch.]

Can’t Find On Google

The web site Can’t Find On Google provides a way for users to find things even Google can’t dig up. (And then, there’s Google Answers.) [Via SearchEngineWatch.]


ResearchBuzz introduces their YNAPS, the Yahoo Non-API Proximity Search (basically, it will find two words which are close to each other).

Ornithorynque Polyglotte

Yet another Google Search Engine Optimization competition, this one for Ornithorynque Polyglotte. [Thanks Joffrey in the forum.]

Rejected Costumes

Scott Niven lists some previously rejected Halloween costumes.

Server Troubles

This server had some heavy traffic to the Image Quiz today and went down several times. (Unfortunately, the outage includes the FindForward button, as well as all of my other web sites). I’m working on ways to improve the situation. For now things are back to normal, as I removed the Image Quiz.

Fark Google Holiday Logos

Old but good: the Google logos. [Thanks Justin F.]

Gmail Skinning

Mihai created a great Gmail skinning hack using the Firefox browser along with user stylesheets. In short, here’s what Mihai tells you to do to make Gmail look very different (don’t we all wish for an easier way to include user stylesheets in Firefox):

The new meta engine lets you sort search results. There are different sort criteria (like “Satisfaction”, “Web Popularity”, or “Web Satisfaction”) and you can enter text next to them. While the idea is interesting, I found it hard to understand the purpose of these criteria, and did not know how to make good use of the interface.

One thing for sure: is clueless about how links work, as they introduced one of those evil linking policies. Cory Doctorow writes:

“For Snap to assert that it can own how you can link to them – despite the fact that this is nonsensical in both law and practice – displays such an imponderable depth of contempt and ignorance for the Web’s norms that it is truly unforgivable. I’ve just removed playing with Snap from my list of things to do for the next hundred years or so. Maybe you should, too.”

Update: Bill Gross of informed me they are changing their linking policy. Good move!


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