Torturing Wolfram Alpha

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Search Engines

The latest buzz in knowledge systems is Wolfram Alpha. Let’s make this clear: it is not a Google-killer and doesn’t claim to be. It is billed as an “answer engine”, instead of a search engine. Search engines give you links to websites that answer your query; answer engines just try to give you an answer, […]


Why Search Engines Work Like They Work

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Search Engines

A while back, the post “More Evil Things to Type into Google”, which is the current most popular post on my site, got a comment from one “Silex” responding to my assurance that there is nothing illegal about typing in a search string. Silex says: “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but […]


Evil Things to Type into Google – part 1

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Search Engines

Google hacks. They pop up one at a time on StumbleUpon, Digg, or Slashdot, and some web admins get wise to them over time… and some just fail to get a clue. Here’s the kinds of things you might type into Google if you are looking for sites to hack… or are testing your own […]