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Google Dataset Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/22

Reminder to self: check if [WayBack] Dataset Search still exists.

Via: [WayBack] Looking for a #dataset to use to train your system or test it? #Google has just released a search engine specifically for datasets. Very useful! #Machi… – Jason Mayes – Google+


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Google old content posted before a specific date

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/05/15


  1. Start with something like”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”
  2. Clicking Tools followed by Any Time, then Custom range often does not show a dialog.
  3. Appending &tbs=qdr:y to the URL magically enables that popup:”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”&tbs=qdr:y
  4. After filling it in, you get a very different URL like”did+you+hear+about+the+man”+”he%27s+0K+now”&tbs=cdr:1,cd_min:,cd_max:01-01-2007

This is how I found the post in Did you hear about the man who got cooled to absolute zero? He’s 0K now.

I think cdr stands for custom date range and qdr for a built in date range as after searching for the abbreviations, I found [WayBack] Google Search URL Request Parameters | DETECTED that discusses tbm and tbo in addition to tbs.

The trick above is the successor of [WayBack] Filter Google Results by Date with a URL Trick which appended &as_qdr=d.


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Preventing sites to add themselves to the Google Chrome search engine list

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/11

For a long time, sites have been able to add themselves to the search engine list in Google Chrome.


The last one is my own, but hundreds of them are not.

I never noticed this until I needed to add some custom search engine strings to the list and found the UI is obnoxiously slow when there are hundreds of entries in that list.

It’s like the cookies editor: the editing speed decreases exponentially with the number of entries in that list.

The feature is called Tab to Search, apparently is intentional, based on the OpenSearch standard and well documented:

Many people dislike it though:

There are various ways around it documented in the last link.

This is the one I liked best: [WayBackDon’t add custom search engines – Chrome Web Store.

Via: [WayBack] Google Chrome: Remove all ‘Other Search Engines’ – Super User who also pointed me to the script below the signature ([WayBack] Remove chrome “other search engines” · GitHub), which likely needs this change:

penguin020 commented on Dec 22, 2017  

Just in case you are trying to use this with the (keep) mechanism, I think that the engine.modelIndex can get muddled if you do not refresh between runs of this script, possibly deleting engines you wish to keep.

UPDATE: if you reverse sort by modelIndex, this problem is obviated.


val.others.sort(function (a, b) { return b.modelIndex - a.modelIndex; });

just after the .then.


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How to Force Google Chrome to Use Instead of Country Specific Version

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/12/21


  1. visit this URL once: (to fix as search engine)
  2. define a search shortcut in chrome://settings/searchEngines

You can use example search shortcuts from Forcing Chrome to use as search engine.

If you forget the first step, then often your search still will go a localised place (except when you are in the USA).


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20 things you didn’t know you could do with Search

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/09/20

After [WayBack] 20 years of Google: [WayBack] 20 things you didn’t know you could do with Search

  1. [WayBack] Fill your schedule with nearby events
    Example: night life near me
  2. [WayBack] Movie showtimes and tickets
    Example: showtimes or movies near me
  3. [WayBack] Recipe Search
    Example: curry recipe
  4. [] Live sports scores
    Example: uefa scores
  5. [WayBack] Styling and shopping help from Google Images
    Example: none; does not work for “black mens pants
  6. [WayBack] Find your next job
    Example: vacancies near me, retail jobs
  7. [WayBack] Discover the right college for you
    Example: none; fails outside the USA with for instance Amsterdam college
  8. [WayBack] Help with health questions
    Example: clinical depression
  9. [WayBack] Figure out who owes what 
    Example: tip calculator, but with keyboard only works out if you tab out of the fields
  10. [WayBack] Convert cash: If you’re heading out on a trip, here’s a tool that makes a ton of cents
    Example: 43 USD in EUR and 2 mebibyte in bytes (but does not give an integer result)
  11. [WayBack] Track packages
    Example: 782684356320
  12. [WayBack] Quick access to appointments, flights and more
    Example: my trips
  13. [WayBack] Get the numbers about your noms
    Example: how many calories in a slice of bread
  14. [WayBack] Definitions and synonyms
    Example: meaning of life, fails to tell you 42
  15. [WayBack] Ask complex multi-part questions
    Example: which members of the bee gees died is too complex; how old is our prime minister gives a list of prime ministers, but how old is the pope works
  16. [WayBack] Search with an image
    Example: my own picture
  17. [WayBack] Check how to say massive numbers correctly
    Example: 343597383680 in english
  18. [WayBack] Search within a time period
    Example: medieval jobs
  19. [WayBack] Search within a site
  20. [WayBack] Advanced Search
    Example: allintext: verkiezingen filetype:pdf

Via [WayBack] Settling more than just bets since 1998, here are 20 ways to step up your Search game → – Google – Google+


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