Author Topic: What Search Engine do you use ?  (Read 5626 times)

Offline grumpygator

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 68
  • Location: sarasota Florida
What Search Engine do you use ?
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:33:50 PM »
   I don't google,yahoo or a few others because of tailored adds that show up when I go to another search.
 That being said what do you use ?   stirthepot
**************Just Asking********************Gator********************

Offline Uncle Buck

  • Site Owner/ Founding Spammer
  • Administrator
  • Knows nut from bolt
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 13533
  • Location: Kansas-Flyover Country!
  • The name of my small shop is the Skunkworks!
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 11:24:02 PM »
Google almost exclusively, I have found none so far that I like nearly as much.  thumbsup2
You boys better hold on cause i'm gonna have to stand on it!

NEED A 1/2" BONNEY STREAMLINE COMBINATION AND ANY OVER 13/16" TOO!



Andrew Jackson quote: But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013, 11:37:26 PM »
SSL connection they strip off all identifying data then submit it to google for you.

https://startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html About page

https://startpage.com
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline strik9

  • semi reformed turd polisher
  • Can use hammer
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 9629
  • Location: Mexico
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 11:56:04 PM »
Firefox V.11 for linux.
   No ads or vids and a very small memory footprint.     Makes an old frankencompu run like a racehorse.

     If you want the ads, vids and farcebook/twitter links built in just go to the next version.   Takes about 5X the memory too.

Offline brslk

  • Can use hammer
  • *********
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 9760
  • Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Lackey and general stooge.
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 12:12:22 AM »
I ask the wife. Then she gives me the answer.
(unless it's porn I'm looking for but I never do that)
I'm just a guy in a garage with some tools...

Bruce.

Offline bonneyman

  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 7091
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • A workman is worthy of his wages
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 12:16:24 AM »
SSL connection they strip off all identifying data then submit it to google for you.

https://startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html About page

https://startpage.com

 thumbsup2 for startpage!

Offline Wantedabiggergarage

  • Hunt and peck king
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 4227
  • Location: Independence, in the state of Missery.
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 12:39:29 AM »
Firefox V.11 for linux.
   No ads or vids and a very small memory footprint.     Makes an old frankencompu run like a racehorse.

     If you want the ads, vids and farcebook/twitter links built in just go to the next version.   Takes about 5X the memory too.

Call me confused, but to the best of my knowledge, Firefox does not have a search engine, but they have a deal typically with one.

Google user here, but there are google scrapers and have been for years.  One that used to be around that I used on occasional, was Scroogle.
Years ago, Altavista was the one I used, then a few other things like Yahoo came into being and I tried a few, but Google was the first that worked well for me.
Well, I guess a rule disallows, my use of a Dennis Leary song as my signature, LOL.

Offline strik9

  • semi reformed turd polisher
  • Can use hammer
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 9629
  • Location: Mexico
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 12:59:36 AM »
It left me confused a bit too.   So I looked again.    The search engine name displayed is google, but without a lot of the fluff others mention.       shrugx
  It works great for my limited uses.
 
My nephew set this up for me knowing I know nothing of linux or software in general.    He did good, it made my old compu fast and capable again.

The GG site brings up Google but I don't use that much.   That one seems to have the ads too.

I think I'll stick to wrenching and amateur carpentry and leave the compu issues to my nephew to resolve for me....      hidex
« Last Edit: May 10, 2013, 01:22:14 AM by strik9 »

Offline Wantedabiggergarage

  • Hunt and peck king
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 4227
  • Location: Independence, in the state of Missery.
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2013, 02:12:51 AM »
Let me help a bit, to put it in perspective.  Linux, is the motor/transmission of your car (operating system), Firefox is the windshield, and Google (Yahoo, etc) is a GPS (Garmin, Tom Tom, Magellian). thumbsup2
Well, I guess a rule disallows, my use of a Dennis Leary song as my signature, LOL.

Offline dawg

  • Super Hero
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 1613
  • Location: Kansas City
  • dreamin' about a living
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2013, 06:33:28 AM »
I think Strik is referring to the "embedded" search engine in Firefox shown in my screenshot below. It actually has a lot of choices, but there is no protection from "cookies" or Google's prying eyes . . . and that is what is really irking the OP I think.

Some of the more sophisticated anti-virus suites have a "secure" search engine like Norton, but I sure wouldn't pay the money just for something like that.

Let me explain. The ads shown to you are supposed to "help you" and the ad's seller because it is based upon your history of web surfing. There isn't any human that really looks at any of the information. It is all automated. Most of those ads are ALSO based upon the "cookies" collected by any browser when you visit a website. So when you visit Harbor Freight (BUSTED) you will begin to see Harbor Freight ads show up everywhere you go. Even in Rusty's ads here at GG will often change ads based on what is being discussed in a thread. But no one is actually watching. No one could actually spend their time watching the huge database available that they accumulate.

Google's data is presumably based upon people who are also members of a Google sponsored activity such as Gmail mail member, YouTube member, or as in my case, a Google webmaster member. And again, "they say" it is to try and be helpful, but I also have my suspicions.

But you CAN CLEAR cookies and histories on your browser but that's a lot of work. It is only temporary, And you also risk clearing things like login info as well, but I don't allow that anyway for other security reasons.

It is a "Quixote windmill", or a phantom to try and keep everything private, but Rusty's link above looks promising. I haven't tried that one yet. So in response to your question, any search engine is fine, any browser is fine but I prefer Firefox because it shows me a website the way it was intended to be seen. But also try and understand that complete privacy is non-existent in reality. If you become a target of an investigation, make sure you haven't been in any nasty places.  lolx

 noevil

Steve
« Last Edit: May 10, 2013, 07:24:38 AM by dawg »

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2013, 09:16:43 AM »
https://duckduckgo.com  Stupid name but  a nice engine also big on privacy. It searches Google and Bing at the same time.

Watch the video for an overview: https://duckduckgo.com/about

If you are really paranoid about privacy get a vps in Russia or Romania and VNC or SSH tunnel a socks 4 to it and xwindow a remote desktop. lolx
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline mrchuck

  • Super Hero
  • ******
  • Join Date: Sep 2010
  • Posts: 3408
  • Location: Gun Barrel City, Texas
  • retired federal ranger, 35 years
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2013, 03:45:59 PM »
Using Google on this new computer.
The old was XP,,,and this new Acer "all in one" is Windows 8.
23" screen and 1 terz mem.
Hate the new Windows 8, but a mod is now out for it.
Going to buy a new "wireless printer" soon.

cannot suffer fools happily.
"Always great to save USA made tools."

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2013, 04:45:03 PM »
I'm running "Classic Shell" on my Win 8 laptop.
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline nonhog

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Join Date: Sep 2012
  • Posts: 420
  • Location: Tacoma ish
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2013, 06:39:41 PM »
I use Google. I use to Yahoo but its too easy to get side tracked there.
Those Bing ads crack me up. Bing pisses me off everytime I get directed there. I hate Bing.
cursed with an eye for potential

Offline scooterfish

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Northern In
  • Bail out Studebaker
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2013, 07:44:12 PM »
I just bought a new laptop with windows 8. What is the mod  out for windows 8 mrchuck? Rusty what is classic shell? I`m not a tech guy so thanks for any help,
The thing I like about old cars/trucks is the extraordinary lack of plastic.

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2013, 09:19:40 PM »
http://www.classicshell.net/

Quote:

Classic Shell is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are:
Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8
Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
Classic Shell has more than 4 million downloads.

One really nice thing about Classic Shell is it logs you to desktop. You don't have to see the kiddie screen unless you want to.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2013, 09:24:40 PM by rusty »
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline Wantedabiggergarage

  • Hunt and peck king
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 4227
  • Location: Independence, in the state of Missery.
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2013, 01:57:25 AM »
There are a few more free (bring the start button back) software add on's.  But I seem to see the most references to the one in your post (I think in part to some of the options it gives you).

What is your experience with Window's H8?  I ask because most I know are trying to avoid it completely (calling it MS Bob, ME2, etc).
Well, I guess a rule disallows, my use of a Dennis Leary song as my signature, LOL.

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2013, 07:20:22 AM »
ME2 is a compliment to it. Designed for light use on tablets and phones, the mere idea of having to reach up and touch the screen for everything makes my arthritic shoulders hurt. I much preferred Win 7. The only reason I have it is the 16y/o's laptop took a dump at a bad time and she had to use my IBM. So I bought a cheap Gateway to be able to log into their virtual academy. 

To be totally honest in my personal opinion XP was the pinnacle of Microsofts offerings and they have went down hill fast since then.
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline dawg

  • Super Hero
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 1613
  • Location: Kansas City
  • dreamin' about a living
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2013, 09:59:23 AM »
Rusty, you must mean XP "security pack 3," . . . 64-bit.   grinx

I had 32-bit XP on a 64-bit AMD processor I bought from Dell. It was sloooow. Dell didn't know much about AMD at the time I guess. When I later changed the hard drive I installed 64-bit Win7 pro (not Vista) and the change was like night and day. After finally getting all the spyware and crap off that hard drive, Win7 is awesome, IMO.

The registry will probably start slowing it down again, but it hasn't yet after 3 years or so.

http://www.safer-networking.org/private/details/

Steve

« Last Edit: May 11, 2013, 10:37:48 AM by dawg »

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2013, 10:48:25 AM »
Dawg did you run into any incompatibility issues with Win 7? From the last Dell a friend bought it's my opinion that they still haven't figured out 64 bit systems. Part of it is the cripple ware they install in the OS to keep it from running on anything but a dell.
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

Offline dawg

  • Super Hero
  • ******
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 1613
  • Location: Kansas City
  • dreamin' about a living
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2013, 11:09:31 AM »
I haven't had any software incompatibility issues. The "start" list is broken down into standard 64-bit programs versus (x86) programs, two separate lists. I just tried to find software compatibility in the control panel but it doesn't jump out at me but I'll keep looking.

I did find "Windows Experience Index" and found they rate my experience at 4.1 on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9 though.  grinx

EDIT: The hard drive I replaced was the "C" drive so there shouldn't be any Dell software installed except the original bios. (BTW, I just replaced it again recently for the second time but did a copy of it) Am I wrong?

Steve
 
« Last Edit: May 11, 2013, 11:33:12 AM by dawg »

Offline grumpygator

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Join Date: Mar 2013
  • Posts: 68
  • Location: sarasota Florida
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2013, 01:47:28 PM »
  Thanks Rusty duckduckgo is a winner. my opinion  No blowback.
  I realize that adds are the reason that free sites are free. But I can't stand that itch on the back of my neck when I search for something else and adds follow my every move and evolve to my new search.Way too much George Orwell to me.
****************Just Saying*********************G***************************** angryguyx

Offline strik9

  • semi reformed turd polisher
  • Can use hammer
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 9629
  • Location: Mexico
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2015, 12:32:19 AM »
Necro thread warning.....    .      Since this thread was started I've burned up all my old units long ago and two Andriod tablets.  Desperation has me on on phones both ancient and new.     Andriod 4.?? Varients with Bing and Google for mobile use plus two old RSS no name  things have been working great to where its hardly notable which is which.  Ads only show on the newer units but do not notably slow anything down like before.  Those old boxes were a different animal for sure.  The phones may be disposable but run better by far and cost less to keep up.   .   So I guess the mobile versions of the big name stuff still gives us good service and they get their data to mine to pay the rent of "free" software.    It certianly has become invisible compared to how it was.

Offline rusty

  • Bottlewasher
  • Administrator
  • Knows what a screwdriver is
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 6688
  • Location: Hills of Southern Ohio
  • Grumpiest Hippie
Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2015, 03:00:29 PM »
Just as a addition duckduckgo is pretty good as well.
Tool do job = Good tool
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. Robert A. Heinlein
Rusty's Forum

The Garage Gazette

Re: What Search Engine do you use ?
« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2015, 03:00:29 PM »