Joel Sutherland

A Week of Tech Trials

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I'd hate to get into a rut, so I am going to give a few new things a try this week.  Here they are:

1. Switch from Google to DuckDuckGo for Search

I had tried to do this in the past, but was turned off primarily by the design of the search results page. I had a much harder time scanning it than the Google results page.

This time, I am going to give it another shot.  I started a few days ago and made some setting changes to tune the appearance and functionality to my preferences.  Here is what I changed:

0-click box: off

Redirect: Off

Color: Light Blue
Size: Medium
Width: Wide
Placement: Left
Link Font: Arial!!
Underline: On
Text Font: Arial

Highlighting: Off
Feedback: Off

So far I have really enjoyed DDG with these changes. It is noticeably slower than Google, but makes up for it through additional features like the "!bang commands" and non-paginated results.

2. Try using again - this time with sub-reddits.

It seems that as the popularity of a site grows, the quality of its content decreases. When reddit first started, it was like a general interest Hacker News. Now, it is a cat photo sharing site.

I heard that it can be really cool if you take the time to create an account and subscribe to smaller subreddits instead of the giant popular ones. I set this up today before the football games and I am pleased so far.

3. Remember to share things on Twitter

When I come across something good, I usually remember  to email it to people I think will find it interesting. This has resulted in some great conversations. Hopefully by also sharing some of these things on Twitter, I'll get to hear more from others.

That's it! We'll see how it goes.