Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk

July 2005

Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they're really not. They're companions - the hero and the sidekick.
~ Laurence Shames

Where does my time go? I'm a wife, mother, employer, volunteer, friend, daughter, and there are probably some hats I forgot to mention. With all sorts of activities going on, I'm always looking for ways to make my life more efficient, and I was pleased to stumble across a cheat sheet for making web searching more productive. Below are the tricks that I've been using for awhile and some that I didn't know about until recently.

A complete sheet tailored for use at the Google search engine can be found at:

Yahoo has some pretty cool searches as well. You can see them at:

These Tips Work in Most Search Engines

What to type on the search line:

What it finds

green bean

Any article with the word green OR the word bean

green bean +coffee

Any article with the word green OR the word bean AND the word coffee. (The + requires the word coffee to occurs inside the article.)

-green coffee bean

Any article with the word coffee OR the word bean. Any article containing the word green with be excluded

coffee OR bean

Any article with the word coffee plus any article with the word bean

'coffee bean'

Any article with the exact phrase coffee bean

These Tips work at Google

~auto loan

Any article with the word loan, auto, or any synonym for auto, such as truck, car, vehicle

Define: synonym

Will look for definitions of the word synonym

Safesearch: sex education

Searches for sex education material but excludes any adult-content site (use this one at your own risk!)

These Tips work at Yahoo

Butterfly facts

Get the Columbia Encyclopedia entry for a topic by searching on the topic and 'facts'

Convert yen dollar

Find the exchange rate for a unit of currency or convert one currency to another

United 63

For flight departure, arrival and status information, search on the airline name or airline code and flight number

Yankees scores

To get real time scores for games in progress and stats for recently played games, search on the name of your favorite baseball, basketball, hockey, or football team and "scores".

To more productive searching!