Google search tips

Google is probably everyone’s best friend. I don’t know how I lived without it. Lugging an encyclopedia off a shelf and thumbing through used to be a serious, important task, now I just Google. I never have to live in ignorance and I can always know. Google has a lot of built in functionality that you may not be aware of. It pays to keep up to date with their changes to help you find exactly what you need. Your results are as good as your search techniques. Distractify offers 32 great tips for Google searches. I am always using it to look up words, translate single words, dates and so I knew a lot of these. There were a number I didn’t know. Every time you add a new search function to your toolbox you will improve your ability to get what you want!

Innovation is done

Looking around the inside of one of Google’s data centres is fascinating and you can hear from the vice president of the Google data centres himself. As he says , innovation is not done, not by a long shot. We may eventually get to the stage where we have smaller, more efficient data centres but that will take time, planning , thinking and innovation. You can see from the tour that a lot of thinking has gone into place to create a centre like this. I use Google all the time. I have never really thought about it being a place which has to be maintained and had no concept of the enormity of it. I just use Google. The centre is run on hard work but thought has had to go in as to how to manage the sustainability of a place like that. I am wondering what the air quality is like inside this water cooled, air conditioned centre. As they move around on their little scooters then some thought has gone into physical activity. You could not sit all day as you worked somewhere like this. All this for my Google searches and Google apps. It’s not just what goes on our screens which is important. It is all the work and infrastructure behind it which allows you to understand just what we are achieving and then to understand what the vice president of Google data centres clearly understands. We are not done yet with the innovation for the brains of the internet. We need to grow and develop our own brains to keep moving forward.

Google sites

Google sites is free but there are education and business versions of it where you pay an annual fee. It can be used for intranets within an organisation or family websites. It could be used to build an e-port folio so you have a record of what you achieve with your reflection on those achievements. It has the templates and tools you need so that you don’t have to go looking for them. Google explain it here on their welcome page . The Google help forum gives you an insight into what is paid and not paid and discussions around Google Sites. There is a review of Google Sites on SuperWebsiteBuilder. Google Sites is another way of demonstrating growth and progress. Often people are so busy they think they are not achieving anything. If they can look back over blogs and websites they can see the growth because it has been documented along the way.

Google Australia Blog

Google Search for your SocksGoogle has an official Australia blog which is not without a sense of humour. On 1/4/2016 there was a post about the new bluetooth enabled technology to find lost socks. They know us well. Odd socks is surprisingly a topic of conversation more often than you would think in Australia. It can create a lot of mirth. We often want to know the trick of keeping socks paired. We regularly have odd socks days at fundraisers. Odd socks are a part of our culture. The blog offers a good deal of information about Google in Australia and some of the ideas and software Google now has to make good use of its online offerings. The blog is worth bookmarking so you keep up to date with what Google is doing here – besides having us on.

Time to upgrade save icon

Google -retro Google is celebrating its 17th birthday and has a lovely image of retro technology. I have a nice purple lava lamp next to my computer. My old csi monitors are in the garage waiting until I can lift them to recycle them. Why did we ever use such hefty monitors? My retro laptop comes out occasionally and I have an old word processor which prints one line at a time to thermal paper.

save icon Image: Iconfinder

But what about the save icon? I have floppy disks.I know what they are. I regret not having a floppy drive any longer. 1.44MB of data was huge. How did we manage all that storage? Yet the floppy icon lives on as the save icon. How many will still know what it represents? How many will have seen a floppy disk? Isn’t it time to move on and upgrade the save icon to something more relevant?

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