APP SEARCHES DIVORCE RECORDS AND MORE

InstantCheckmate.com turns you into a private investigator, like Paul Drake in the old Perry Mason TV shows. Besides a person’s address and phone number, you can get police records, which include everything from speeding tickets to sexual offenses, background reports, marriage and divorce info, and a history of lawsuits. You pay $23 for one month, $59 for six.

Read more

Share

HOW DO YOU FIND ANYTHING?

A common reader question is how do they find something we have mentioned in a column, and sometimes they ask how to find things we’ve never mentioned. Either way, the answer is the same: Google it, or Yahoo it, or Bing it.

Read more

Share

QUICK WAY TO SEARCH CRAIGSLIST

SearchTempest.com searches all of CraigsList in one swoop. We found a nice Ikea lamp for $10.

Read more

Share

BIG USER TIP

If you type almost any computer problem into Google’s search box — just literally type it in — you will almost always get a solution. This also works for searching newspapers and magazines online. Google’s search works better than most publications’ built-in search function.

Read more

Share

YOUR OWN SEARCH SCREEN

ShinySearch.com used to be called “PimpMySearch.com.” What it does is change the look of your Google search page. Put your own name at the top, or any other text, and choose some nice graphics. One of the examples was a Mickey Mouse screen; looked great.

Read more

Share

WHICH SEARCH ENGINE MAKES THE BEST CONTESTANT ON JEOPARDY?

IBM is building a computer to challenge the best contestants on the TV show “Jeopardy.” But how would ordinary search engines do in comparison? Stephen Wolfram, founder of the company that makes Mathematica software and the calculating site WolframAlpha.com, did an analysis of 200,000 Jeopardy clues to find how quickly and correctly the leading search engines find answers. As you can see from the chart, Google wins by a nose, except against Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings, who blows them all out of the water. You can read Wolfram’s analysis here.

Read more

Share

NOW RELEVANT

How to search for items just from the past two weeks or past two hours, etc.

(CLICK ON UNDERLINE BELOW HEADING FOR INFO.)

Read more

Share

GOOGLE INSTANT COMES TO MOBILE PHONES

If Google Instant is on when you go to Google.com, just start typing in the search box and Google will predict what you’re searching for, so you don’t have to type out the whole word. Google Instant now works on iPhones and Android phones. For example, start typing “Tha” in the box at Google.com.  You’ll see “Thanksgiving 2010,” “Thank You Letter,” and “Thailand.” If one of those is right, click on it to get more results in that category, rather than typing the whole word or phrase. To try it out, go to google.com on your computer or in your phone’s browser  and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box. Google Instant is available for Android […]

Read more

Share

BING GETS MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK

Bing’s new Entertainment link has lots of free games and movie trailers. We also review Springo.com

(CLICK UNDERLINE BELOW HEADING FOR MORE.)

Read more

Share

PARK’N FIND

Park’n Find from Affinicore is an iPhone app that helps you find your parked car.

Read more

Share