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August 13th, 2004

A Search I Like

When I search on the InterwebNetonline, I like to have two options: basic search which searches everything possible and an advanced search that allows me to get super granular. One advanced search site that I really like is NPR’s archive page.

It works from the assumption that you heard something on the radio and you want to hear it again or find out more. While most sites that try to assume things like this usually assume incorrectly, NPR gets it just right. I heard an interview this week on the way home with an author that talked about how he could only write in one very specific area of his home. So in the search box I put simply, “writing.” Then, I narrowed it down by saying that I had heard the story this week on All Things Considered (which I knew since I heard it on the way home from work). And sure as rain, the one result was the one I was looking for.

Yay, NPR’s web team.

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FROM: bianca
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 3:10:36 am
i dont' get this whole web site, but wutever and i think this shit is stupid, don't you people have better things to do with your time...............? I guess i thought wrong cuz your still reading this........



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 9:37:36 am
i dont' get this whole web site,

Then move on... move on.



FROM: David
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 9:51:46 am
Your right, Ryan..........Dont gnow wut her probleme is............wutever



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 12:57:02 pm
I like how David and Bianca are the same people. Yet the irony: they didn't use a search engine very well, and arrived at a topic about... search engines. Coincidence?



FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday August 13, 2004 -- 6:34:25 pm
Back to the original topic:

I'm not an NPR fan, for the most part, but I agree Ryan. The search engine works perfectly. I was able to find information on a show I heard briefly in 1998...within seconds. Very nice.



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