https://vimeo.com/68099450 [Video Link] Mark Hurst, founder of the Gel conference, says. "Duck Duck Go founder Gabriel Weinberg gave a great talk (about his search engine, and Google's practices that people may not know about) at Gel." This 15-minute talk is full of eye-opening stuff. Every year, more lawyers are requesting users' Google records for court… READ THE REST
Duck Duck Go is pretty slick. Check out https://duckduckgo.com/goodies to see some of the interesting things you can do with their search.
I used to check in with it and use it just occasionally, but interestingly, with Google shutting down Google Reader a few days ago and their iGoogle homepage in November, they've inadvertently pushed me away from using Google Search as well. I was living in the Google Bubble, but now that they are closing my most used services I've cobbled something together at http://www.ighome.com/ , set my browsers and ighome home page to use DDG, and in general have just been forced to re-evaluate my web habits. Before you know it, I'll be using S/MIME or PGP mail with friends just for the hell of it.
DuckDuckGo is very cool, esp. the goodies benjaminterry mentions. Startpage.com is also good if you want actually Google-results (essentially like the now-defunct Scroogle), as for more complex searches Google still delivers better results (in my experience).
i should have thought of it sooner, but after watching that video, I switched the default browser in my firefox address bar over from google to ddg.
thanks @emacsomancer for preemptively answering my question about the dif between startpage and ddg.
I think we've learned one thing in last weeks: American company = no privacy.
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