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20 Great Google Secrets

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Google is clearly the best general-purpose search engine on the Web (see www.pcmag.com/searchengines But most people don't use it to its best advantage. Do you just plug in a keywor d or two and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 3 billion pages in Google's index, it's still a struggle to pare resu lts to a manageable number. But Google is an remarkably powerful tool that can ease and enhance your Interne t exploration. Google's search options go beyond simple keywords, the Web, and e ven its own programmers. Let's look at some of Google's lesser-known options. Syntax Search Tricks Using a special syntax is a way to tell Google that you want to restrict your se arches to certain elements or characteristics of Web pages. Google has a fairly complete list of its syntax elements at www.google.com/help/operators.html . Here are some advanced operators that can help narrow down your search results . Intitle: at the beginning of a query word or phrase (intitle:"Three Blind Mice") restricts your search results to just the titles of Web pages. Intext: does the opposite of intitle:, searching only the body text, ignoring ti tles, links, and so forth. Intext: is perfect when what you're searching for mig ht commonly appear in URLs. If you're looking for the term HTML, for example, an d you don't want to get results such as www.mysite.com/index.html , you can enter intext:html. Link: lets you see which pages are linking to your Web page or to another page y ou're interested in. For example, try typing in link:http://www.pcmag.com Try using site: (which restricts results to top-level domains) with intitle: to find certain types of pages. For example, get scholarly pages about Mark Twain b y searching for intitle:"Mark Twain"site:edu. Experiment with mixing various ele ments; you'll develop several strategies for finding the stuff you want more eff ectively. The site: command is very helpful as an alternative to the mediocre se arch engines built into many sites. Swiss Army Google

Google has a number of services that can help you accomplish tasks you may never have thought to use Google for. For example, the new calculator feature (www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator) lets you do both math and a variety of conversions from the search box. For extr a fun, try the query "Answer to life the universe and everything." Let Google help you figure out whether you've got the right spellingand the right w ordfor your search. Enter a misspelled word or phrase into the query box (try "thre blund mise") and Google may suggest a proper spelling. This doesn't always succ eed; it works best when the word you're searching for can be found in a dictiona ry. Once you search for a properly spelled word, look at the results page, which repeats your query. (If you're searching for "three blind mice," underneath the search window will appear a statement such as Searched the web for "three blind mice.") You'll discover that you can click on each word in your search phrase a nd get a definition from a dictionary. Suppose you want to contact someone and don't have his phone number handy. Googl e can help you with that, too. Just enter a name, city, and state. (The city is optional, but you must enter a state.) If a phone number matches the listing, yo u'll see it at the top of the search results along with a map link to the addres s. If you'd rather restrict your results, use rphonebook: for residential listin gs or bphonebook: for business listings. If you'd rather use a search form for b usiness phone listings, try Yellow Search (www.buzztoolbox.com/google/yellowsearch.shtml).

Extended Googling Google offers several services that give you a head start in focusing your searc h. Google Groups (http://groups.google.com) indexes literally millions of messages from decades of discussion on Usenet. Goo gle even helps you with your shopping via two tools: Froogle CODE (http://froogle.google.com), which indexes products from online stores, and Google Catalogs CODE (http://catalogs.google.com), which features products from more 6,000 paper catalogs in a searchable index. An d this only scratches the surface. You can get a complete list of Google's tools and services at www.google.com/options/index.html You're probably used to using Google in your browser. But have you ever thought of using Google outside your browser? Google Alert (www.googlealert.com)

monitors your search terms and e-mails you information about new additions to Go ogle's Web index. (Google Alert is not affiliated with Google; it uses Google's Web services API to perform its searches.) If you're more interested in news sto ries than general Web content, check out the beta version of Google News Alerts (www.google.com/newsalerts). This service (which is affiliated with Google) will monitor up to 50 news querie s per e-mail address and send you information about news stories that match your query. (Hint: Use the intitle: and source: syntax elements with Google News to limit the number of alerts you get.) Google on the telephone? Yup. This service is brought to you by the folks at Goo gle Labs (http://labs.google.com), a place for experimental Google ideas and features (which may come and go, so wh at's there at this writing might not be there when you decide to check it out). With Google Voice Search (http://labs1.google.com/gvs.html), you dial the Voice Search phone number, speak your keywords, he indicated link. Every time you say a new search term, the efresh with your new query (you must have JavaScript enabled Remember, this service is still in an experimental phase, so rcent success. and then click on t results page will r for this to work). don't expect 100 pe

In 2002, Google released the Google API (application programming interface), a w ay for programmers to access Google's search engine results without violating th e Google Terms of Service. A lot of people have created useful (and occasionally not-so-useful but interesting) applications not available from Google itself, s uch as Google Alert. For many applications, you'll need an API key, which is ava ilable free from CODE www.google.com/apis . See the figures for two more examples, and visit www.pcmag.com/solutions for more. Thanks to its many different search properties, Google goes far beyond a regular search engine. Give the tricks in this article a try. You'll be amazed at how m any different ways Google can improve your Internet searching. Online Extra: More Google Tips Here are a few more clever ways to tweak your Google searches. Search Within a Timeframe Daterange: (start dateend date). You can restrict your searches to pages that were indexed within a certain time period. Daterange: searches by when Google indexed a page, not when the page itself was created. This operator can help you ensure

that results will have fresh content (by using recent dates), or you can use it to avoid a topic's current-news blizzard and concentrate only on older results. Daterange: is actually more useful if you go elsewhere to take advantage of it, because daterange: requires Julian dates, not standard Gregorian dates. You can find converters on the Web (such as CODE http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/JulianDate.html excl.gif No Active Links, Read the Rules - Edit by Ninja excl.gif ), but an easier way is to do a Google daterange: search by filling in a form at www.researchbuzz.com/toolbox/goofresh.shtml or www.faganfinder.com/engines/googl e.shtml . If one special syntax element is good, two must be better, right? Sometimes. T hough some operators can't be mixed (you can't use the link: operator with anyth ing else) many can be, quickly narrowing your results to a less overwhelming num ber. More Google API Applications Staggernation.com offers three tools based on the Google API. The Google API Web Search by Host (GAWSH) lists the Web hosts of the results for a given query (www.staggernation.com/gawsh/). When you click that host. The mplicated: You URL or linked on the triangle next to each host, you get a list of results for Google API Relation Browsing Outliner (GARBO) is a little more co enter a URL and choose whether you want pages that related to the to the URL

(www.staggernation.com/garbo/). Click on the triangle next to an URL to get a list of pages linked or related to that particular URL. CapeMail is an e-mail search application that allows you t o send an e-mail to google@capeclear.com with the text of your query in the subj ect line and get the first ten results for that query back. Maybe it's not somet hing you'd do every day, but if your cell phone does e-mail and doesn't do Web b rowsing, this is a very handy address to know.

Google secrets -------------------------------------------------------------------------------method 1 ?ww.google.com put this string in google search: "parent directory " /appz/ -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " DVDRip -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

"parent directory "Xvid -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " Gamez -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " MP3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums "parent directory " Name of Singer or album -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendiv x -md5 -md5sums Notice that i am only changing the word after the parent directory, change it to what you want and you will get a lot of stuff. voila! method 2 ?ww.google.com put this string in google search: ?intitle:index.of? mp3 You only need add the name of the song/artist/singer. Example: ?intitle:index.of? mp3 jackson

just type crack: app name example: crack: flashget 1.6a http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&q=crack%3A+flashget+1.6a

================================================== Utilizing search engines ================================================== So much information is on the web, its mind boggling. Thankfully we have search engines to sift through them and catagorize them for us. Unfortunatly, there is still so much info that even with these search engines, its often a painstakingly slow pr ocess (something comparable to death for a hacker) to find exactly what you're looking for. Lets get right into it. I use google.com as my primary search engine because it presently tops the chart s as far as the sites that it indexes which means more pertinent info per search. 1. Page translation. Just because someone speaks another language doesn't mean they dont have anythin g useful to say. I use translation tools like the ones found at http://babelfish.altavista.com and

http://world.altavista.com to translate a few key words I am searching for. Be specific and creative becaus e these tools arent the most accurate things on the planet. 2. Directories. These days everything is about $$$. We have to deal/w SEO (search engine optimiz ation) which seems like a good idea on paper until you do a search for toys and get 5 pornsites in the first 10 results. Using a sites directory will eliminate that. You can narrow your search down easily by looking for the info in specific catagories. (PS google DOES have directories, they're at: directory.google.com) 3. Here are some tips that google refers to as "advanced" A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. "xxxx" / will look for the exact phrase. (google isnt case sensitive) -x / will search for something excluding a certain term filetype:xxx / searches for a particular file extention (exe, mp3, etc) -filetype:xxx / excludes a particular file extention allinurl:x / term in the url allintext:x / terms in the text of the page allintitle:x / terms in the html title of that page allinanchor:x / terms in the links

4. OR Self explanatory, one or the other... (ie: binder OR joiner) 5. ~X Synonyms/similar terms (in case you can't think of any yourself) 6. Numbers in a range. Lets say you're looking for an mp3 player but only want to spend up to $90. Why swim through all the others? MP3 player $0..$90 The 2 periods will set a numeric range to search between. This also works with dates, weights, etc 7. + Ever type in a search and see something like this: "The following words are very common and were not included in your search:" Well, what if those common words are important in your search? You can force goo gle to search through even the common terms by putting a + in front of the denie d word. 8. Preferences It amazes me when I use other peoples PCs that they dont have their google searc h preferences saved. When you use google as much as I do, who can afford to not have preferences? They're located on the right of the search box, and have sever al options, though I only find 2 applicable for myself... A. Open results in new browser B. Display 10-100 results per page. (I currently use 50 per page, but thats a re solution preference, and 5X's the default) 9. * Wildcard searches. Great when applied to a previously mentioned method. If you o nly know the name of a prog, or are looking for ALL of a particular file (ie. yo u're DLing tunes) something like *.mp3 would list every mp3. 10. Ever see this? "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries ve ry similar to the X already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search wi th the omitted results included." The answer is YES. yes yes yes. Did I mention yes? I meant to.

11. Search EVERYWHERE Use the engine to its fullest. If you dont find your answer in the web section, try the group section. Hell, try a whole different search engine. Dont limit you rself, because sometimes engines seem to intentionally leave results out. ex. use google, yahoo, and altavista. search the same terms... pretty close, rig ht? Now search for disney death. Funny, altavista has plenty of disney, but no d eath...hmmm. If you've read this far into this tutorial without saying, "Great, a guy that co pied a few google help pages and thinks its useful info" then I will show you WH Y (besides accuracy, speed, and consistancy finding info on ANYTHING) its nice t o know how a search engine works. You combine it/w your knowledge of other proto col. Example: Want free music? Free games? Free software? Free movies? God bless FTP! Try this search: intitle:"Index of music" "rolling stones" mp3 Substitute rolling stones/w your favorite band. No? Try the song name, or anothe r file format. Play with it. Assuming SOMEONE made an FTP and uploaded it, you'l l find it. For example....I wanted to find some Sepultura. If you they're a Brazilian heavy metal band that kicks ass. I intitle:"Index of music" "Sepultura" mp3 <-- nothing intitle:"Index of msica" "Sepultura" mp3 <-- nothing intitle:"Index of musica" "Sepultura" mp3 <-- not good intitle:"Index of music" "Sepultura" * <-- found great ultura never heard them before, started with this: enough stuff, but not enough Sep

At this point it occurs to me that I may be missing something, so I try: intitle:"index of *" "sepultura" mp3 <-- BANG! (and thats without searching for spelling errors) Also try inurl:ftp I find that * works better for me than trying to guess other peoples mis-spellin gs. The same method applies for ebooks, games, movies, SW, anything that may be on a n FTP site. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I saw that recently a book and an article was written on the very same topic. I havn't read them as of yet, but check em o ut, and get back to me if you feel I missed something important and should inclu de anything else. intitle:"index of" "google hacks" ebook Ps. I've said it before, I'll say it again... BE CREATIVE. You'll be surprised what you can find.

How to use the Google calculator: Googles calculator tries to understand the problem you are attempting to solve with out requiring you to use special syntax. However, it may be helpful to know the most direct way to pose a question to get the best results. Listed below are a f ew suggestions for the most common type of expressions (and a few more esoteric

ones). Most operators come between the two numbers they combine, such as the plus sign in the expression 1+1. Operator Function Example + addition 3+44 - subtraction 13-5 * multiplication 7*8 / division 12/3 ^ exponentiation (raise to a power of) 8^2 % modulo (finds the remainder after division) 8%7 choose X choose Y determines the number of ways of choosing a set of Y elements from a set of X elements 18 choose 4 th root of calculates the nth root of a number 5th root of 32 % of X % of Y computes X percent of Y 20% of 150 Some operators work on only one number and should come before that number. In th ese cases, it often helps to put the number in parentheses. Operator Function Example sqrt square root sqrt(9) sin, cos, etc. trigonometric functions (numbers are assumed to be radians) sin( pi/3) tan(45 degrees) ln logarithm base e ln(17) log logarithm base 10 log(1,000) A few operators come after the number. Operator Function Example ! factorial 5! Other good things to know You can force the calculator to try and evaluate an expression by putting an equ als sign (=) after it. This only works if the expression is mathematically resol vable. For example, 1-800-555-1234= will return a result, but 1/0= will not. Parentheses can be used to enclose the parts of your expression that you want ev aluated first. For example, (1+2)*3 causes the addition to happen before the mul tiplication. The in operator is used to specify what units you want used to express the answe r. Put the word in followed by the name of a unit at the end of your expression. This works well for unit conversions such as: 5 kilometers in miles. You can use hexadecimal, octal and binary numbers. Prefix hexadecimal numbers wi th 0x, octal numbers with 0o and binary numbers with 0b. For example: 0x7f + 0b1 0010101. The calculator understands many different units, as well as many physical and ma thematical constants. These can be used in your expression. Many of these consta nts and units have both long and short names. You can use either name in most ca ses. For example, km and kilometer both work, as do c and the speed of light. Feel free to experiment with the calculator as not all of its capabilities are l

isted here. To get you started, weve included a few expressions linked to their res ults. 1 a.u./c 56*78 1.21 GW / 88 mph e^(i pi)+1 100 miles in kilometers sine(30 degrees) G*(6e24 kg)/(4000 miles)^2 0x7d3 in roman numerals 0b1100101*0b1001 More info on: http://www.google.co.in/help/calculator.html

Using Google for searching ebooks Google has some fantastic potential for you to find whatever you are after on th e internet. To search for a book / program / file perhaps try the following. Go to Google's search page and use the following criteria in the search dialog intitle:index.of? file extension Name of item e.g. intitle:index.of? chm syngress This will hopefully give you a listing of all websites that google has cached th at contain references to files in CHM format that are published by SYNGRESS. --------------I use in Google +("index of") +("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip|rar) +syngress or allinurl: +(rar|chm|zip|pdf|tgz) Syngress Enjoy