Tag Archives: search

February 21, 2016

Google To Stop Showing Ads On Right Side Of Desktop Search Results Worldwide

All of this represents the conclusion of a test that began all the way back in 2010, and has been tweaked over the years since then. Search Engine Land readers — particularly some outside the U.S. — notified us late last year that they were seeing the top-only ads more frequently.

Data-driven design. I love stuff like this.

May 6, 2015


Hound is an extremely fast source code search engine. The core is based on this article (and code) from Russ Cox: Regular Expression Matching with a Trigram Index. Hound itself is a static React frontend that talks to a Go backend. The backend keeps an up-to-date index for each repository and answers searches through a minimal API.

From the engineers at Etsy. To say this kind of tool is useful is a bit of an understatement.

November 6, 2014


Search the full text of every web page you visit securely and privately from any device.

Available as a cloud app or a locally hosted one.

July 1, 2013

Yahoo shuts down AltaVista

You appeared on the search engine scene in December 1995. You made us go “woah” when you arrived. You did that by indexing around 20 million web pages, at a time when indexing 2 million web pages was considered to be big.

January 16, 2013


A command-line code search tool. This may prove invaluable.

December 21, 2010

Site update

With some free time during the holidays, I’m updating the site with some features. One change that has already been made is the addition of a shortlink (⌘.ws) on each single post page, which gives you a shorter permanent link to any post.

Revamping the site’s search feature with relevance-based ranking and support for boolean search operators is a larger undertaking; expect this feature within the next few weeks.