Google

Google Reader Now with Built-in Search

The search giant Google added a new lever of search to their offerings today. As I opened the company’s Google Reader service, I noticed the new search field in the upper pane or the interface:

Google Reader with Built-in Search

Whatever Greasemonkey script was previously used to hack a search field is no longer necessary. The new option allows you to search and aspect of your feeds (starred items, folders, etc.), and even works in Opera (I’m a big Opera devotee, so, you know).

Internal Site Searches: Horrible, Useless

Even though SMF is a wonder of a product, its search functionality is almost as bad as the rest of the crowd. This also goes for the majority of sites out there that aren’t searchable through some kind of Google-powered engine (like the MTA’s site). but there’s another twist to it.

Looking for a particular topic on one of my favorite forums, I performed a search using SMF’s search box, but it got me nothing useful (in my first attempt – it seemed to have learned a few tricks since then). Since I am subscribed to the topic, the next best idea is to use Gmail to find it. Lo and behold:

Gmail with the search results I need, not useless errors.

The wonders of the Web amaze me, but not as much as why I have to use my own stuff to get things on another site.

To Do Lists in Gmail

Devin unlocks yet another secret function of Gmail. This trick is to make to do lists with filters, labels and a bit of text appended to your email address.

I love Google Talk

We all know Google has some neat tricks up its sleeve. One of the latest, and in my opinion the greatest, is Google Talk, and IM/VoIP service and client. I spoke to one of my friends over it, and after spending about five minutes trying to figure out why he couldn’t hear me (it turned out that my headset’s microphone was muted), I was talking in sound quality comparable to FM. I was so amazed at how technology has advanced over the years. I just wished school would work something like that.