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No matter what the search (or where done, such as toolbar vs bringing up google.com).
Here is the returned source:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></HEAD>
In the past, I've always seen an error page show up saying temporarily unavailable, etc.
any ideas on how what might be the problem and a side question, is there any way to affect which server google (automatically) uses in its search.
btw, using an IP address of a known server, such as 72.14.x.x does work.
OH, and now I'm not sure if I should post this b.c. google search is now returning valid results... but still might be worth a comment or two.
is there any way to affect which server google (automatically) uses in its search
Not really, since the requests are routed by Google. I believe you are more likely to hit certain data centers if you use regional Googles and there may be other similar factors that affect which data center you hit, but I don't think there's a way you can directly influence Google's choice. You can force the use of a particular data center in various ways, however.