Brainboost

What is Brainboost? Brainboost is an answer engine which will find web pages which will answer your question directly. With a search engine, they find web pages that has your search terms somewhere in their text. Brainboost is just one example of an answer engine.

How do you use an answer engine?

  • Type in your question in plain English.

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  • If I was wanting to know where “Birmingham, Alabama” was located I would type in: “Where is Birmingham, Alabama”, without the quotation marks. There is no need to type in question marks.

Here are some results that I received:

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On the left hand side of the screen there is a list of related questions.  To the right is the answers the “Brainboost” found to the initial question. Beside each answer there is “thumbs-up” icon which you can use if the information that was found was helpful. Beside that icon is another icon which looks like two pieces of paper overlapping. This is used to open the results in a new window. Also there is the words “Read More”. When clicked on, it will display the results right beneath the answer.

If you want to know how BrainBoost works and how to be able to use it to the maximum, click on the “How is BrainBoost different from other search engines?” link, which is located on the Home page. Then be sure to read the comprehensive description.

Free Web-Based Word Processing and More

Everyone knows about Google the search engine but not everyone is aware that Google offers FREE web-based word processing and much more. It is true! Google offers a web-based alternative to Microsoft Office or other office suites. When several people start sending documents back and forth to each other over the Internet, it is easy to lose track of what version of spreadsheet or word processor you are using. Google Docs and Spreadsheets keeps documents current and lets the people you chose update files from their own computers.

You can:

  1. Create basic documents and spreadsheets from scratch.
  2. Upload your existing files.
  3. Choose who can access your documents and spreadsheets.
  4. Share instantly.
  5. Edit with others in real time.
  6. Organize your documents.
  7. Edit from anywhere.
  8. Safely store your work.
  9. Easily save and export copies.
  10. Publish your work as a web page.
  11. Control who can see your pages.
  12. Post your documents to your blog.
  13. Publish within your company or group.

 Check out this link:

google-docs-spreadsheets.pdf

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Ditch Google??

Yes, you have read it. I am seriously considering ditching Google and going for a more sophisicated search engine. Not to say that I am going to totally stop using Google but I have found another search engine that has impressed my socks off. This time last week I would have never given a thought to abandoning my old friend Google but times are ‘achanging and even with technology we have to be subject to some change.

What has prompted me to make such drastic measures? Or a better question would be what search engine has enticed me with their offerings that they bring. The answer is:

http://www.ask.com

Since last week http://www.ask.com has changed dramatically. It is better known as Ask3D this week. Don’t try to use that as your URL. The URL has remain the same. 3D does not mean that you need red and blue glasses to view it. The 3D stands for the three dimensions of searching—query expression, investigating results, and digging deeply into content. Before you had to visit three different pages or websites to search all dimensions. Now it is all available on one page for your viewing pleasure.

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Unique Features of Ask.com

  • A More Modern Homepage
  • Skins to Personalize your Homepage

These two features themselves are enough for me to warrant a change in search engines but if you don’t like all the frills that Ask.com offers consider the functionality of what Ask.com offers:

  • Basic Web Search
  • Image Search
  • Blog Search
  • Stock Search
  • Movie Search
  • Dictionary Search
  • Famous People Search
  • Conversions
  • Shopping Search
  • Weather Search

You can visit http://sp.ask.com/docs/about/site_features.shtml to see more features of this innovating search engine.