Tuesday, May 28, 2002
(Feb 16 2003 Note: Please see this page for updated/new popup searches.)
You know, I get a little cranky when PC users lord their fancy Google toolbars and stuff over us neglected Mac users.
A few months (years? criminy.) I jimmied together these different search scripts, based on the one Google provides for Mac users. Basically, they pop up a little window where you can type your query, then they take you right to the results page for that search, so you don't have to load some splash page just to enter your search.
I recommend making a wee "Searches" folder for your Favorites Bar in IE5 (or whatever Convenient Place your browser of choice allows for), and dropping these into it. Go on, take 'em. Trust me, you won't be able to live without them once you get adjusted. And just think of the bandwidth you're saving once those DSL download caps get put into place by all of our greedy ISPs!
First, the original GoogleSearch. Then the ones that I hacked together: AudioGalaxySearch, DictionarySearch, eBaySearch (note that the eBay search does Item Names as well as Descriptions in one fell swoop, which is my personal preference), EpicuriousSearch, IMDBSearch, VersionTrackerSearch (searches Classic, but you could edit that to make it search OS X if that's your fancy).
There are a few others that I'd really like to have (most notably one for Amazon) but can't write because they don't use the "URL-with-search-query-tacked-on-the-end" format for their searches. So, who can figure out how to make one for the good of the Mac community, eh?