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Really useful factoid – 001

Where I am developing at the moment an unusual little character is being used.  It’s this one  ‘¬’.  Its what you get with Shift+`  which for most (PC, non laptop I mean) keyboards is Shift+top left key on the keyboard.   When I first saw it I only had to have a 2 sec scan of my keyboard to work out how to type it myself.  I guess years and years in front of something quite limited will lead it to soaking in!

What I did find interesting is that Google and the other search engines tend to remove characters from their search terms or presume that you want to do an advanced search if you do use them, so I was out of luck to work out what the little blighter is called.  I know a ‘~’ is a tilde.  I don’t know where I knew that from either, so apart from looking like a bit of a loon and asking my whole team if they knew I resolved to work out how I could get to know, and then also all the weird other things that can be generated.

A few minutes went by and then it hit me… Read more…

Categories: Advanced, Factoid, Off Topic, Random, WTF

Found my first Googlewhack!

Awesome!   Its a bit sad, but after watching the DVD of Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack adventure I did struggle to find out how he found so many and the stories and people he met really struck a cord with me.

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack adventure

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack adventure

My Googlewhack?   ‘Argentine omniglossolalia’   it was used in an Independent article I was reading this morning as something made me take the free Independent paper that they are giving out until the conclusion of the UK Election.

I have yet to find out what omniglossolalia actually means which is how I stumbled across the Googlewhack itself.   Read more…