WiGLE is a popular platform which can be used for finding the location of a device using the names of WiFi networks in its vicinity. I’ve written about this before, and wrote some Python code to interact with their API. This API has since been retired and replaced with a new one, as of December […]
Recently I’ve become something of a fan of Duck Duck Go, the anonymous search engine that doesn’t log all your searches. As big a fan as I am of Google’s products, they don’t need to know everything! I like DuckDuckGo not just because of the anonymity though – it also comes up with some really great answers. And as well as being it’s own thing, it also lets you link through to other search engines using “!bang” operators.
A few examples:
!g takes you to Google search
!b takes you to Google search
!gi takes you to Google Images
!xls filters the result to .xls files
!sx searches Stack Exchange
!python searches the Python docs
There’s a full list of the options on their site.
It’s actually seems a cleaner way of doing things than Google’s
site:stackexchange.com, etc. Though I can also see the potential for overlap between !bang operators.
var google_link = "https://www.google.com/#q="+query;
this.location.href = google_link;
So should you decide that typing is too much like hard work, you can add the bookmarklet to your browser by dragging this link –DDG to Google– to your bookmarks bar. To use it, whenever you see that DuckDuckGo doesn’t have the answer you want, just click the bookmarklet and you’ll be spirited away to the land of Google.