Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 09:33 UTC
Internet & Networking Remember when Altavista was the search engine? Or Yahoo? They stuffed their search pages with useless, distracting crap, and using them became unpleasant. And then, bam, along came Google, with a simple, clear search page and uncluttered search results. However, now that Google has become this massive behemoth, tracking our every move, and tailoring our search results, leading to only being fed those pages you agree with - isn't it time for something new? Something simple? It might be, and you've undoubtedly heard of them: DuckDuckGo. I'm switching. Update: Just got an email from Gabriel Weinberg, the guy behind DuckDuckGo. The OSNews !bang (!osnews) is now live!
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Nais
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 09:52 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Wow I just noted that !bangs work straight from the Chrome address field if you have DDG as Chrome's default search engine. Nais.

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RE: Nais
by ourcomputerbloke on Tue 21st Jun 2011 10:01 in reply to "Nais"
ourcomputerbloke Member since:
2011-05-12

Excellent article, thanks for the info.

I've been using Scroogle in https mode after reading a comment on here once - it works well with Firefox and integrates with Safari using Glims. I just visited DuckDuckGo on both and there are identical integration options for it - an addon in Firefox and a couple of options for Safari, including Glims, so I'll certainly be giving it a go. I like how it gives you the "Add to (Browser)" link, very nice.

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RE[2]: Nais
by Liquidator on Tue 21st Jun 2011 13:35 in reply to "RE: Nais"
Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Yeah, I just added it to Opera. Looks nice so far ;)

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Chrome
by Lennie on Tue 21st Jun 2011 22:18 in reply to "Nais"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I've been thinking if you don't want to send information to Google, you might want to not use Chrome.

There are quiet a few places where Chrome sends information to Google.

From the top of my head:
- unique id for collecting safebrowsing-information (url-database-download). The unique id isn't used for anything else. But it might be pretty easy for Google to connect that idea to your website visits

- If I remember correctly the Chrome updater also uses a unique id just as mentioned above

- anything you type in the address bar is send to Google (atleast if it is the default search engine, don't know what happends if you change it)

- when Chrome starts up it gets information from the www.google.com domain (I think it was to see if Chrome was the latest version), in the past by accident the usual www.google.com-cookies were also sent. But I think this was atleast fixed

- euh... there are others I don't remember right now.

I really need to sleep right now ;)

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