#search engine

Use Google.com Search Instead of Country Redirect Version

For those trav­el­ling with their lap­tops and have used Google search, you may have noticed that it does a coun­try redi­rect based on your IP address. For exam­ple, I vis­ited the Philip­pines this past month and instead of the usual google.com, it redi­rected and used google.com.ph. After get­ting back to the US, my searches would still redi­rect to using the .ph ver­sion. I even checked that the Search Engines set­tings (in this case in Chrome/OSX) didn’t have it.

Any­ways, in case you run into the same sit­u­a­tion, do the following:

  1. Open up Terminal
  2. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome
  3. Open the file “Local State” either w/ vi or a text editor
  4. Search for the strings “last_known_google_url” and “last_prompted_google_url” and replace their val­ues to your pre­ferred Google base URL. In my case, “http://www.google.com/”.
  5. Save the file and exit
  6. Restart Chrome.

That should do the trick. For Win­dows and other sys­tems, you may check out this page for the steps. Almost the same, just dif­fer­ent paths.

Hope that helps.

Join Blingo Friends With Me


Blingo is a new search engine that gives away prizes every day like Sony PlaySta­tion Porta­bles, Apple iPods, Visa gift cards, a year of free movies at Block­buster Online, and more.

By join­ing Blingo Friends you can invite your friends to use Blingo, and when one of them wins a prize you win the same prize. That means if one of your friends wins an iPod, you win one too.

Just click this link to join Blingo Friends (it only takes 15 sec­onds), or copy it and paste it into your browser: http://www.blingo.com/friends?ref=5m4lfsFh4pDW6LQg6R6EUMxetO8


new VISUAL search site


Kar­too is a meta search engine which presents its results on a map.” all i can say is that if you are bored of look­ing up text (but have the time to explore in a more visual way), check this thing out. this thing just makes you won­der where tech­nol­ogy is head­ing years from now. bot­tom line… dope search engine.