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Jim’s WebLetter for 7/16/16

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Hi-ya Web Searchers!

Just Google it …

It’s no secret that, when using a search engine like Google, putting in a good search request will yield a good result. In Google’s case, a request can result in millions of links waiting for you to click in an effort to find the best answer to your query. Seeing this as a reason for its existence, a website called SearchyApp will help you get better results from Google searches by using categories and tips. These tips are divided into sections, so it’s easy to find what you want. The categories include Facts, Math, Operators, Utilities, and Easter Eggs. Just check or uncheck the sections you want to help narrow your search results. https://searchyapp.io/

While I’m on the subject of searching on Google, there ARE a number of helps available. If you’ve never checked out Google’s help page on using Google, then this is a good place to start. The information on “search operators” and “filtering search results” to narrow down the information you’re presented are particularly useful and informative. https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/134479?hl=en 

Another way to improve your searches is to go Google’s Advanced Search page. Here you can carry out some pretty sophisticated searches without having to remember operators and so on. The page also contains useful tips and instructions on getting the most out of it. https://www.google.com/advanced_search

Recently I received an email from Microsoft’s Cloud service OneDrive letting me know that at the end of the month it would be reducing the amount of free space it had offered for me to store photos and the like. It was alerting me because when it drops back to 5 gigabytes of space, I would be several gigs over the limit and would risk losing the shots I made when we visited Italy, for instance.  

It was at that moment I realized how provisional storage space can be, even from a notable company like Microsoft. It made me glad that I also backup up and stored the same images on Google Photos as well as a DVD disk. Once I recalled having done that, my thought was to send an email to Microsoft to say that they can take their copy of my photos and, well you can imagine what they can do with them! But it does remind all of us that “free” can mean that it will be there today and gone tomorrow. https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/onedrive/66568/microsoft-reminds-remaining-onedrive-users-storage-changes

Next to the Google Chrome browser, I like using Mozilla’s Firefox for the things I can do in search and research. But Firefox also offers a means of creating a great looking page when you open a new tab. I came across an article in Make Use Of that is a quick read-and-try. In this article entitled, “10 Ways to make Firefox New Tab Pages Gorgeous”, you can make chang so in your settings that result in pages worth viewing – even before using them to search for results in a search engine. See what you think … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-ways-to-make-your-firefox-new-tab-page-gorgeous/

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What sort of tablet should you buy for drawing? How tablets changed the construction business and the best tablets to buy under $200, in iTab Magazine. http://iTab.jimonline.com

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That’s it this week. Go search and have fun!  

Make it a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!

Jim

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