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The many faces of Google, and a new face on GIMP - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
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The many faces of Google, and a new face on GIMP
Well, that's just way too cool.

When I was researching something for that ad I was writing earlier today, google threw me right into google local!

I think that's what I find so interesting-- not even that there IS a google local, but that google itself is intuitive enough to know when I WANT google local, or froogle, or google news, or whether I want to know the equivalent of half a cup in teaspoons so I can make my square root of pi.

I wonder how much longer it'll be 'til they work a deal with one of the online dictionaries. I think it's just a matter of time, strategy and designed obsolescence.

Strike that (don't bother, I just did)-- google cleverly avoids the problem of having to acquire a third-party database by using the web itself.

Smart. Very very smart!

Other nifty tricks, (like finding an airport's FAA status by entering its three-letter code and the word "airport," or picking up a phone number by listing a name and a city), can be found by navigating around googleguide.


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In completely unrelated news, GIMP 2.0 is out. If you want to know more about GIMP, go here. I haven't tried it yet, but they're officially supporting their windows version now (which is still technically in development, and available here).

I'm feeling all kinds of: Damn, this song is good loud.
What I hear: Thomas Dolby - Quantum Mechanic

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Comments
dufresne From: dufresne Date: March 23rd, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC) (permalink)
time, strategy and designed obsolescence.

nice
ldy From: ldy Date: March 23rd, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC) (permalink)
thanks :)
woodwhat From: woodwhat Date: March 23rd, 2004 06:50 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I think they did! When you look up a word, just above hte 'categories' section, there's a line that says, "Searched the web for word," and if you click on the word, it will take you to the Dictionary.com definition.
ldy From: ldy Date: March 23rd, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
You are correct!! Holyshmoe, I'd forgotten all about that little feature!

I wonder when/if they're going to get rid of the need to navigate to a third-party site.
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ldy From: ldy Date: March 23rd, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC) (permalink)
DINGDINGDING! That's EXACTLY what I was looking for! How nifty-- they don't even need to acquire a third-party dictionary!

I should probably include some of the other nifty things google can do in this entry... but I think I'll just leave the link here instead :)

http://www.googleguide.com/glossary.html
scottobear From: scottobear Date: March 23rd, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
done... just put the word define before the word you want an answer for -

define nougat

or whatever.

ldy From: ldy Date: March 23rd, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Yes, yes, so I see!
scottobear From: scottobear Date: March 24th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC) (permalink)
oh, gimp 2 is sweet! much improved, I must say!
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