[FoRK] More cool things: two useful Google hacks
<jbone at place.org> on
Thu Oct 11 13:36:23 PDT 2007
Not quite exactly what Lion's looking for, but:
You can restrict Google queries to a particular set of websites, thus
in essence creating a "custom search engine" that only operates over
the indicated sites.
DeliGoo is a tool that uses this feature to build a custom index of
your (or anyone's) delicious bookmarks, or any tagged subset thereof,
in effect giving you a searchable browse history. Very useful,
though I wish it was just a straight-up web interface rather than a
Firefox / IE extension.
Also --- random tangent, but --- in Google spreadsheets it's possible
to look up various bits of random information (number of internet
users in Paraguay; Roger Clemens' earned run average; population of
Burma; length of Amazon river...) and insert it dynamically into the
spreadsheet. Cf. the help page on "How can I use spreadsheets to
answer some of my many questions about the world?"
All the pieces are getting there, albeit slowly...
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