Chrome Extension for Wayback Machine

If you are frequently doing research into older web sties, this new extension for the WayBack Machine at the Internet Archive will be very useful.

Wayback Machine Chrome extension now available by Mark Graham , Internet Archive Blog (Jan 13)

The Wayback Machine Chrome browser extension helps make the web more reliable by detecting dead web pages and offering to replay archived versions of them. You can get it here.

Peekier has privacy and previews

Tara Calishain (ResearchBuzz post) and Mary Ellen Bates (tweet) both mentioned Peekier – a new search engine that promises privacy and previews.

  • No data collected – “No personally identifiable information such your IP address, your browser’s user agent or unique IDs are stored or logged on our servers. Search queries―without any other information attached―are temporarily stored for caching, statistics and service improvement purposes. We do not store your search history.”
  • Provides previews – this is the peeking part – very enticing. Results were similar to Google’s – more so than to Bing, Advantage is the larger preview – Google’s snippet  has become much too short.

Peekier screenshot

  • Also, Peekier offers very useful keyword suggestions for narrowing the results – somewhat of a topical exploration – and it may be this feature that I like the best.

Worth trying out. I’m going to.

Search the Wayback Machine

It’s in beta, but we can do keyword searches on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine – the best (and often only) way to see a web page as it used to be.

Beta Wayback Machine – Now with Site Search!, Internet Archive Blogs (Oct 24)

With this new beta search service, users will now be able to find the home pages of over 361 Million websites preserved in the Wayback Machine just by typing in keywords that describe these sites (e.g. “new york times”).

Searching Chrome History

This might be handy – extension that enables searching the text of the web pages in Chrome’s browsing history.

How to search the full text of web pages in your Chrome browsing history with Falcon, Ian Paul, PCWorld (Sep 23)

Finding a website in your browsing history is easy if you know the title of the webpage or site. But if all you remember is the general topic, things get a little harder to find. There’s a new Chrome extension called Falcon that attempts to solve this problem.

Microsoft Researcher for Word

Writers and students may be interested in the new search tools Microsoft has added to Word, and some new tricks to Powerpoint and Outlook.

Microsoft wants you to write better, stay focused and bore fewer people, TechCrunch (July 26)

With Researcher for Word, the team is now building a new tool into Word that helps you find information regarding the topic about which you are writing. Those sources can be online journals and encyclopedias, history databases, national science and health centers, as well as other trustworthy sites, and you can import formatted references directly into Word.

There is a longer description in Microsoft just made it way easier to write a research paper with Word , The Verge. (July 26)

Researcher uses Microsoft’s Bing Knowledge Graph to query content from the internet and then pull it straight into Word. Microsoft has a curated list of trusted sources and reference materials which the company plans to expand upon over time. If you add source material, it will even automatically create the citation in your bibliography as part of your research paper. If you’re a student using Office 365 then Researcher is available immediately, and Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile variants of Office in the future.

At PowerPoint there is a new Zoom feature for forming and moving to sections more easilty.

Evernote’s surprise

Evernote shocked its user base with an emailed announcement that it is raising the price of Plus and Premium without adding features, and that Basic users will be restricted to using the app on only two devices. Annoyingly Evernote never states the rates in its emails. It took Taylor Martin at CNet to unpack what this means for users.

Is Evernote Premium’s new price worth it? (July 1)

This is a very useful guide showing prices and features – and providing guidance to Basic users. I do use the app on more than two devices – but I think I can get by with using online access. He does point out that there is always OneNote, a very easy to use clipping and note taking tool – and it is free.

At LifeHacker, Thorin Klosowski has a guide to How to Jump Ship From Evernote and Take Your Data With You. He describes how to export notes, but more specifically, he shows how to move everything to OneNote or to Apple Notes.

My Activity at Google

There may be some advantages to being able to see your activity on all the Google properties – and on pages that serve up Google ads. This would especially be the case if you are researching a topic across media and need to keep a trail. Or you need to confirm something you found earlier.

Google’s new My Activity page lets you see all your Google history in one place, Napier Lopez, The Next Web (June 28)

Nonetheless, it’s a bit scary to realize that Google could track all activity rather than just web search and therefore deliver more ads. But it might also be true that the ads will be better directed. “Mainly, you can control which kind of ads show up everywhere, across various devices and websites.”

You can find this through “My Account” – or go directly to https://myactivity.google.com/