#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.