Category Archives: General Tech

Google Search Tips

I do a lot of searching for tattoo related new stories and have learned a few tricks to help streamline my search process, resulting in a much more efficient use of my time.

Since I am usually searching for current new stories I do a majority of my searching on Google News rather than a standard Google search. My first few tips will focus on returning as many results as possible, then we will move onto ways to refine those results.

Use singular search terms unless you have a specific reason not to

On Google News, searching for ‘tattoo’ returns 110,000 results, yet searching for ‘tattooS‘ cuts that number down to 56,300. Searching for the singular term of a word will also return the plural forms, but the opposite is not true.
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Kensington Slimblade Trackball Review

Now that my laptop has become my primary computer, an input device that works on many different surfaces has become a necessity. Laser mouse technology has come a long way, but a couch cushion will never make for an ideal mousing surface. Years ago, I owned the long since discontinued Logitech TrackMan Marble FX. To this day it still ranks as one of my all time favorite pointing devices. It used a much larger ball than most other trackballs on the market, allowing you to use your pointer and middle finger along with your thumb for very precise movement. The TrackMan Marble FX is still sought after and can fetch well upwards of $100 on the used market. Besides the difficulty of obtaining one, there is one very important feature missing from this trackball. It lacks a scroll wheel or any form of a scrolling solution.

TrackMan Marble FX

This lead me on the search for a new trackball. Continue reading