Friday, November 4, 2011

How to bring back the Plus in search recently killed by Google

DuckDuckGo, a one-man project by Gabriel Weinberg is an alternative and is quickly becoming the go-to search engine for discriminating nerds. It was created 4 years ago by Gabriel and has been solely maintained by him until recently when he accepted funding from Union Square Ventures and hired his first full-time employee. It has a vast collection of powerful search modifiers and maintains a good stance against tracking and personalization which google is well known for.

Leaving behind Google search for others is a great challenge to many including me, who would first think Google before Bing or any other search engine, and for people like this, there are other solutions. FindErr is a simple proxy made by a pseudonymous hacker that adds the necessary quotes to every search before shuttling the user off to Google.

The other solutions which seem not to be in your normal way of doing things is to use this userscript, created by electrotype for Hacker News. Chrome users can simply just click the link to install the script while Firefox users who already have the Greasemonkey plugin installed can also just click to install it; but for users who don't have Greasemonkey installed or don't know what it is, 
Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to HTML web page content on the DOMContentLoaded event, which happens immediately after it is loaded in the browser (also known as augmented browsing). As Greasemonkey scripts are persistent, the changes made to the web pages are executed every time the page is opened, making them effectively permanent for the user running the script. Greasemonkey can be used for adding new functions to web pages (for example, embedding price comparisons within shopping sites), fixing rendering bugs, combining data from multiple webpages, and numerous other purposes. [Wikipedia]
You can install Greasemonkey here before installing the script.

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