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Frequently I run into the following situations when I'm doing online research:
- I want to search for files in a certain directory on a site or in a directory and its subdirectories. Google offers the ability to search based on a domain, but many sites don't have their own domain. Look at the free hosting companies that offer a site like geocities.com/username. With Google I don't know of a way of just searching that site.
- I want to search pages that are linked to from a specific page. Suppose I find a page with a dozen external links on it. I'd like to be able to search for text on the linked pages. Maybe even specify that I want to search for text on pages that are "x" links deep from the current page. I would *love* this functionality.
- I like the NEAR command. Supposedly Google automatically uses NEAR in your queries. I'd like more information on this so that I know how to write my queries. Ideally, I'd be able to explicitly specify "term1 NEAR term2".
- Customizable interface. Google's interface is good. But I'd much prefer to have more control over the interface - some things I'd like to change/add/remove. Apparently there used to be an XML interface to Google. Is it still available? If so, I'd design my own interface to Google so that I could format the results the way that I want. Is there another good, relevant search engine like Teoma or Wisenut that provides an XML interface or a highly customizable interface?
I frequently run into the following situation when posting to newsgroups:
- I want to be automatically notified that somebody has responded to my post. I don't want to have to manual check the newsgroup to see if there have been replies. I should be able tp provide an email address and specify that I be emailed when there are replies. I can't do this with the (incredibly limited) Google Groups.
What do you suggest?
You can search for content within a specific subdirectory by simply selecting a word filter containing the dominaname/directory and applying it to the urls. It's also much easier to locate incoming links while excluding pages from your own site.
Google groups is not really meant to be a functional news reader I think, rather an archive/search. Better to use 'Agent' or another dedicated usenet newsreader for following newsgroups in real time, posting etc.
Yeah, you're right. Do you know anything that's good that's web-based (not a Windows program).