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Search Google like an expert

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轉載自: http://www.i-hack.org/computer/internet/search-google-like-an-expert.html

1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.

Example: “internet marketing”

2. Exclude Words: Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the “-“ sign in front of the word you want to exclude.

Example Search: internet marketing -advertising

3. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the “site:somesite.com” modifier.

Example: “internet marketing” site:www.smallbusinesshub.com

4. Similar Words and Synonyms: Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the “~” in front of the word.

Example: “internet marketing” ~professional

5. Specific Document Types: If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier “filetype:”. For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.

Example: “internet marketing” filetype:ppt

6. This OR That: By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized).

Example: internet marketing OR advertising

7. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.

Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).

8. Area Code Lookup: If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.

Example: 617

9. Numeric Ranges: This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.

Example: president 1940..1950

10. Stock (Ticker Symbol): Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.

Example: GOOG

11. Calculator: The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.

Example: 48512 * 1.02

12. Word Definitions: If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the “define:” command.

Example: define:plethora

13. Searching for URLs containing certain words. Use the “inurl:word" modifier.

Example site:i-hack.org inurl:psp 

Written by chin7

十一月 30, 2007 at 6:14 上午

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1 Awesome Gmail tip You Don’t Know about

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轉載自: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/1-awesome-gmail-tip-you-dont-know-about-seriously/

Just about when I thought I got everything out of Gmail, I discovered my top favorite feature. We have published over 30 tools in Gmail RoundUp 1 and almost 80 tools and tips in Gmail RoundUp 2 but never mentioned anything similar to this one. Tribute for this one goes to my ‘I am not into computers‘ type girlfriend.Let’s say that your email address is ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’, basically everything sent to any of the following email addresses will be forwarded to your primary email.

  • GeorgeBush@gmail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@gmail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@gmail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@gmail.com
  • GeorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@googlemail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@googlemail.com

And that’s not all, you can place as many dots as you want, it can be even something like ‘G.e.o.r.g.e.B.u.s.h@gmail.com’ and you’ll still get it on ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’

Additionally, I just also found out that you can embed random text to your email ID using ‘+’ sign. That is to say ‘GeorgeBush+anythingyouwant@gmail.com’ can be used as your email address, as well.

Ok I got it. Now what ?

1. One email for every purpose

Instead of using different email addresses for various purposes (work, school, friends, etc.) you can use different variations of your Gmail and filter incoming mails by ’sent to’ address. For instance, all incoming mail sent to ‘Name.Surname@gmail.com’ can be put to folder ‘work’, messages sent to ‘NameSurname@gmail.com’ can be put to ‘friends’, ‘N.ameSurname@gmail.com’ can be used for newsletters, and so on.

2. Track/Block spammers

When signing up for some website, say thatwebsite.com, you can add thatwebsite to your Gmail user ID (eg. GeorgeBush+thatwebsite@gmail.com). This way you can block your subscription whenever you want and even identify those websites that distribute your email address to spammers.

More Tips? Surprise me in the comments.

Written by chin7

十一月 21, 2007 at 2:11 上午

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談Google的可用性設計

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Google Re-Design 網頁再計

最近 Google 可謂風頭盡出,先有 Open Social 這個標準 SNS API,後有 Android 這個手機平台。現在連一向被認為多做多錯的 Google.cn (谷歌) 都有新產品曝光: 一個全新的首頁設計! 前兩者已經有不少 Blogger 作過精彩的報導,我就不多廢話。可是 Google homepage redesign 這麼大件事,我怎能忍得住不寫點甚麼呢?


首先我得承認,我是個 Google 產品愛用者。從 Gmail 到 Reader 乃至 Notebook 都在用 Google。雖然 Google products 人人讚好,但 Google 對可用性﹑細節的處理實在有點馬虎。除了 Gmail 以外,不少產品都存在大量可用性 (Usability) 缺憾。當然,沒有設計是十全十美的 (每種設計都有好有壞),但作為一間有著千億市值的大公司, Google 絕對有能力做得更好的。

網頁計

首先必須一提的是,上面那條我最討厭的 Navigation Bar。從上圖就可以看到以下問題:

  1. 沒有統一的 navigation bar。不同頁面﹑不同產品, navigation bar 都會有所不同的。我明白 google 在想甚麼: 他們把跟目前頁面相關的其他產品放到 navigation bar 上。但… 但… 這樣做就把電腦上 程式集 裡面的項目隨機亂排一樣,令我 無法靠記憶來操作
  2. “more” 裡並沒有列出 Google 的全部產品。沒有 Feedburner 和 Analytics 我可以理解,但連從 Labs 中畢業的 Notebook 都沒有就有點難理解了。
  3. 比較離譜的一問題是,Google 內部對其產品並無統一稱呼。例如 Google 首頁上的 Gmail ,跟 Docs 上的 Mail,兩種不同的稱呼。
  4. Google.com.hk 居然還未加上 Navigation bar … Orz…
  5. 唯一一個值得讚一下的是他們沒把 more 寫成 More,讓用戶輕鬆地將 more 跟其他產品作區別。

navigation bar 的右方同樣存在問題。下面是 Google 其中三個產品的 navigation bar 右方項目:

網頁可用性

來練習一下,你從上圖中找到多少個錯處呢? 我找到如下幾項:

  1. My Groups 的 下箭咀 跟 more 的那一個不一樣,但兩者效用相同。
  2. Profile? My Account? Setting? 你說得出它們有甚麼分別嗎?
  3. Help 應該置於 My Account 之前還是之後呢?
  4. Sign out ﹑ Sign Out,魔鬼都藏在細節裡。
  5. 為甚麼 My Account 的 A 可以大寫, Sign out 的 O 不可以?

網頁介面計

上面這個 Google 首頁大家熟悉得很吧。Such a simple design ,它還能夠有甚麼可用性問題呢?

  1. 大家應該都能指出,左方的字也太小了吧?
  2. Preferences ,跟之前提及的 My Account﹑Setting 和 Profile ,Google 可算是集齊一套了 XD
  3. “I’m Feeling Lucky” 的按鈕比 “Google Search” 還要大,實在是罪過啊。反面 FeedBurner 在這方面做得實在太令人激賞了 (見下圖),如果大家都用上這種設計,以後大概再也沒有人會點錯 Cancel button 了吧? (我沒說要把 “I’m Feeling Lucky” 做成 Link 啊,這樣更不合常理)

按鈕介面計

Anyway,以上都只是一些小問題,無損我對 Google 的喜愛,並希望這些問題 Google 可以早日改善。之所以會出現這些問題,跟 Google 的架構有直接關係: 各個開發小組各自為政所致,缺少統一。(所以 Google 是工程師的天堂啊~! 沒有了我這班設計師在旁指指點點!)

但有些產品的可用性的確錯漏百出。例如 Gmail 的新 Contacts 介面 (下圖),一個看似簡單易用,卻十分難學的介面。這個介面我起碼花了 30 秒才搞清楚它是怎麼操作的 ……………. Orz。

介面計

還沒試過的話,可以試著用 Gmail 來做出如下動作:

  • Add contact;
  • 把某人移動到某 Group;
  • 加入某人到某個 Group;
  • 編輯某個人;
  • 編輯某個 Group;
  • 一次過加入多個人到某個 Group;
  • Add contact 到 Most Contacted Group;

我不保證你會跟我一樣笨,要花上半分鐘才搞懂 Gmail 的那班工程師的思維。不過讓我猜一下,你應該已經試過拖拉﹑Ctrl 這些動作了吧? 我只能說,期望越高﹑失望越大喔。

谷歌 (Google.com.cn) 的新首頁設計

Google Re-Design 網頁再計

這裡看 新首頁。看到這樣的頁面很興奮吧? 你有檢查過網址列上的網址對吧? 哈哈。你沒看錯,這是的確是 Google 中國的產品! 我對這個新設計不置可否,只要它真的可以滿足人民的需求就足夠了,其他東西都只是錦上添花。從設計的角度來看,這個頁面層次分明﹑多而不亂。我唯一看到的 問題是某些 Tab 的內容部份沒有分清楚。如下圖所示:

網頁新計

整體來說,看到這個設計,只能說,國情不同。我們的同胞就是能夠一次過處理 n 多資訊 (香港人也不差,能夠容納一頁有 n 多版區的論壇!)。

最後,送上由 Andy 所設計的 Google homepage.

Google 網頁再計

Written by chin7

十一月 14, 2007 at 12:26 下午

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