For the past two weeks I’ve used DuckDuckGo as my search engine. It’s a search engine built on open-source software. What made me switch is the capacity to navigate through search results with the keyboard using vi-like keys (hjkl).
I didn’t know at the time but Google also allows you do something similar. You just need to go to http://www.google.ca/experimental/ (also works for google.com and I guess most other domains). There you can opt-in to be part of the Keyboard shortcuts experiment. That’s it! J/K are used to navigate through search results, O (or enter) to open them.
Hopefully this is going to be useful for the other keyboard junkies out there.
I discovered a nice application that allows me to wrap my web experience in a nice bundle.
It’s called Quix. And it allows me to use the web on steroids.
Quix is an extensible bookmarklet. It allows you to quickly access your favorite web sites – do an google search, look for a book on Amazon, bookmark a page on delicious… I don’t have to touch the mouse! It’s like a command line tool for the web.
But the real power comes from the extensibility. By default Amazon searches are done on Amazon.com. Since I live in Canada, I find it a bit annoying. So I start to write my own Quix file. You can find it on http://mathieuberube.net/quix/quix.txt.
So far I added these commands to my Quix file:
Amazon.ca search (a pragmatic programmer) – I overwrote the default Amazon.com search for this one