[Herts] Google syntax - google video and books etc..

Paul Scally p1sc1lly at fastmail.fm
Thu May 19 22:05:35 UTC 2011

Last night when I was trying out various google syntax, I got fed up
with define not working
and via the google feedback option told them what I thought politely and
requested\asked for google define: to be reinstated.

I see no reason why both could\should not co-exist:

- the new define
- define (my trusted [former] old friend!)

No harm in using the feedback, who knows it might be resurrected.

While looking again at google hack syntax last friday night, I was using
at the same time google books, google and google video
of late when looking for various techy solutions to problems I am
starting to use google books more even though the output
is limited whier the copyright has not been waived, their are
interesting\fun google videos to be found searching on "google hacks".

Here are some notes combining a few pointers with an example from one of
the videos, the fun with google syntax is taking the techniques and
applying them for your own use:


may wish to try your own example with ogg or anything else!!

Example from google hack video with some of my own notes

"parent directory " name of file -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx
-md5 -md5sums

this makes strong use of the negate hack (e.g. exclusions) and enclosed
search string

A trick with some types is not to use the "." e.g. .mp3 becomes mp3
[more useful for some of the lesser known filetypes]

- example 1 google search string:

"parent directory " "Rodrigo y Gabriela" mp3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml
-opendivx -md5 -md5sums

output: 512 results 0.21 seconds

- example 2 google searchstring:
"parent directory " Rodrigo y Gabriela mp3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml
-opendivx -md5 -md5sums
output: 532 results 0.2 seconds

above does not enclose the preformers names

- example 3 google searchstring:
"Rodrigo y Gabriela" mp3 "last updated"
output: About 4,880 results (0.25 seconds)

the above more general simpler search string uses "last updated" to
filter out any directories combines with file type extension minus "."

Bits of the O'Reilly Google Hacks book are available from google books,
but I amordering the latest copy (circa 2006) my current copy is the
first edition


----- Original message -----
From: "Steve Clark" <steve at bagofspoons.net>
To: herts at mailman.lug.org.uk
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 15:02:50 +0100
Subject: [Herts] Google 'define'

I think there was some puzzling over why the define: option in Google
was not working as before. Seems it has been broken


BTW I had been using Google Reader for a long time before I learned
about the 'V' key that takes you to the original article. I use a few
of the other hotkeys. Very useful for mouse-less browsing.


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