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November 11th, 2003

Google Deskbar

Google has introduced the Google Deskbar, a simple concept that’s been done before, but not this well. The Deskbar is a small search box that attaches to your taskbar and allows you to search the web without opening a new browser window. Your browser can actually be closed altogether. Results pop-up in a mini-window that you can browse in or you can push the results out to your default browser.

What’s particularly nice is that you can add your own search sources to the Deskbar. So, go ahead and download it and install it. Now go to Options -> Customized Searches -> Add. In the “Name for deskbar menu” box, put “Daily Ping.” I suggest using Ctrl-P as the optional shortcut. In the URL box, put:{1}

Click OK to back out. Now you can enter a search term in the Google Deskbar, hit CTRL+P, and you’ll be searching the Ping from your toolbar. Now, looking for information about Oreos is easier than ever!

Google’s done a good job, as they have with pretty much every endeavor they’ve embarked on. They continue to be The Company That Can Do (Almost) No Wrong.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Brody
DATE: Tuesday November 11, 2003 -- 2:59:34 pm
Can I use the Gaggle Toolbar to search for Maury's email?

Love your show Maury!!!

FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday November 18, 2003 -- 7:46:48 am
Similar feature built into Safari in OS X, but not quite as extensible as Google's own bar for IE in Windows, although more hassle in that you have to download it for every PC you come into contact with, and it's not just built-in (similar to the plug-in debate to us web designers). I do have to admit it's nifty, I use it all of the time on my PC. ;)

FROM: Eileen
DATE: Friday November 28, 2003 -- 5:59:47 pm
I use Google daily so why not put it on the desktop and it has the most wonderful pop up blocker!!!

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