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    Search Engines

    Hi,

    I was trying to find a review on something (as it happens an Intel SE7500WV2 motherboard) and, searching on Google, all I got was page after page of supersites (sites like Bizrate, Shopping, Ciao, Kelkoo and dozens more) and I surely can't be the first to feel this way but I am so hacked off with them as they make searching (at least with Google) nearly useless. Maybe it's the kind of things I search for or maybe what I think is (and I apologise in advance because I can't think of any less insulting a way to phrase it) an increasing technically illiterate internet userbase but I would love to know if there is any way around them, to somehow drop these sites from my searches?

    EDIT: Right now if anyone knows of a decent, relatively supersite-free, search engine I'd use it!

    Kyu

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    Re: Search Engines

    Try Google with different search parameters.
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    Re: Search Engines

    You could create a standard text string that you keep in a convenient text file and cut and paste into google searches
    <code>-kelkoo -bizrate -ciao</code>

    etc.

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    Re: Search Engines

    So exactly what do those parameters do (?hl=en&rls=GGIH,GGIH:2007-04,GGIH:en)

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    Re: Search Engines

    Hi Doc,

    > Try Google with different search parameters.

    I can see what you've done (which looks excellent) but I'm a bit mystified as to how you did it?

    Kyu

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    Re: Search Engines

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    Re: Search Engines

    I just searched for the reviews and didn't specify the type of motherboard. I tried a search for the Intel board and got nothing but ads asking for you to review the product. Then tried searching for magazine reviews and that wasn't very productive either. The search I posted was, of course, for motherboard reviews.
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    Re: Search Engines

    I'm not sure I understand the question Stuart. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: Search Engines

    The URL of your link in <post:=691,562>post 691,562</post:> higher up in this thread contains a few extra parameters thrown in by Google when you search from the Google toolbar (for example). Stuart wanted to know what they meant; Joe's link in <post:=691,583>post 691,583</post:> explains that.

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    Re: Search Engines

    Got it. Thanks again Hans. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Search Engines

    Ordinary public libraries and university libraries often have web sites with links to some of the best free search engines if you want to see what they recommend.

    I have been using Copernic Agent Professional for years now, and I see that they now have a free version that you might try. The Pro version costs a bundle, and I don't think it has been updated for at least a few years.

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    Re: Search Engines

    Here is one site that I had occasion to use today: Toronto Public Library search engines. The content reflects the location to some extent, but the principles are clear. Look for a librarian's account of how THEY find things, and accumulate such pages. (You may find that slow to load, especially if this post generates traffic, but it's worth the wait.)

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