My 2 Daily Google Search Tips

The Google search!

If you’ve ever used the Internet, I’m pretty sure you’ve used the Google search engine. You know? That nice little box where you type whatever you’re looking for? Yeah that!

Anyways, as I’ve adventured through the realms and wonders of our vast Internet, I’ve come to gain some great insight on how to make use of the Google search box. Due to Google’s witty and innovative thinking, there are some great tips that I will instantly recommend you to use on a daily basis.

Of course, there are indeed other tips and tricks you can check out. So make sure to click this link right here (After you read this of course! :D) –> 5 Useful Google Search Tips

Tip 1: Finding out today’s weather

The weather tile that’ll appear as one of the results.

Type In: forecast [your city]

Example 01: forecast new york city

Example 02: forecast

Everyday, I go on with the daily routine of turning on my laptop and all the programs that I plan to use for the day. Including my web browser. But when I’m on the run to go to school, I find it absolutely time-consuming to go to a weather website, enter my zip code, and click on multiple links to find the information of my desire. Even if all this takes just a couple minutes, the time spent to just find out today’s weather can feel really time-consuming. All in all, this is just annoying.

But thanks to Google, I can now quickly determine the weather for the day and city of my choice by typing in forecast [city name] in the Google search bar. So let’s say I wanted to find the weather in New York City, well then I’d type in forecast new york city.

Also take note that if you’ve already signed into Google and its services, you can just type in forecast and it’ll display the weather information for your predetermined location.

With this quick Google search, I find no need to go through the several steps I’d naturally have to do on most weather sites. Google will instantly provide me with a tile of today’s weather information. Such information can include wind speeds, temperatures, humidity, and chances of precipitation. What’s also really neat is that it provides a graph of the rising and falling for temperature or precipitation. Cool huh?

Tip 2: Understanding new words

Defining google.

Type In: define [word]

Example 01: define hasty

For some, the old-fashioned dictionary will work just fine. While others may rely on some dictionary websites to give them the accurate definition of the word. Bust just as I said about looking up todays weather, it can be a real hassle to look up words also.

When looking up a word, all you have to type in is define [your word]. So for example, if I were to trying to figure out what the word “fabulous” meant. I’d then type in define fabulous. And thus forth, Google will give me a wondrous tile of information providing me with a bundle of information. Such information includes multiple definitions, word origins, the option to translate it, and the word’s usage throughout history. Basically, it’s the sort of to-go pocket dictionary of the Internet.

Conclusion

After learning these nice tricks, I’ve come to find it very difficult to revert back to what I did before. Which was to manually go to certain websites to find the weather or definition of a word. But thanks to Google, all of this information can be given to you in a matter of seconds.

You don’t need to search or figure out where to find the information. It’s all given to you in an instant tile of information. So before I check off on this post, I just want to say, thank you Google.

How to Activate Mesh in Scratch 1.4

What is Mesh?

Mesh is a hidden feature within the Scratch program that allows your Scratch project to communicate with other Scratch projects on the internet. It is commonly used to create multiplayer Scratch games which can be played over a LAN network.

How to setup Mesh? 

As of the time this post is published, Mesh in only available in Scratch 1.4. Therefore, this entire tutorial will be based off the Scratch 1.4 program.

1) Hold down Shift on your keyboard, and Left-Click on the “R” in the Scratch logo in the top left area of the Scratch interface.

Left-Click on the R right there while holding down Shift.

2) Left-Click on “turn fill screen off.” A white area shall appear on the right and bottom sides of the Scratch interface.

Left-Click on “turn fill screen off.”

3) Left-Click anywhere in the newly appeared white area. A menu shall appear. Click on open –> browser. A green window should pop-up.

Left-Click on the white area right there. You’ll get a menu like this. Click on “open.” Then click on “browser.”

4) Click through Scratch-UI-Panes –> ScratchFrameMorph –> menu/button actions –> addServerCommandsTo: 

Navigate through the green browser as shown.

5) A bunch of code should appear below. One the second line of code, change the code from t2 <- true. to t2 <- false.

6) Right-Click anywhere in the green window and select accept (s). Enter whatever initials you’d like and click on Accept.

7) Hold down Shift on your keyboard, and Left-Click on the “R” in the Scratch logo in the top left area of the Scratch interface.

8) Left-Click on “turn fill screen on.” The white area shall now disappear.

Mesh is now currently enabled in your current Scratch project and session.

Thoughts on the New Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Notice: This article is in no means a “total review” of the famed web browser. That is not my purpose for this article. Instead, I intend to write and speak my general opinion of the web browser. My first impressions and thoughts of the web browser. This article is mainly opinionated from the standpoint of someone who has used Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and back to Firefox. Again, this is just the thoughts of my own which may of course, change from time to time.

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On April 29, 2014, Mozilla Corporation has released a new version of Firefox that has totally revamped itself from its previous versions. This new version of Firefox brings itself a new look and a rearrangement of the location of the menu tab.

The new look of Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Immediate Impressions

Once I’ve opened up Firefox, I was immediately amazed by the new look. The new look for the tabs definitely remind me a bit of Google Chrome. Especially with a beautiful blue, frosted, and blurred backdrop behind the tabs. As much as it did remind me of Google Chrome’s main “blue” theme, I definitely didn’t mind looking at it. It wasn’t distracting but it wasn’t disgusting either. It was just, perfect.

As I skimmed around the interface of Firefox, I noticed that the orange tab that was located in the top left corner of previous versions of Firefox was gone. That tab has now completely disappeared and has been moved to a little icon on the far right of the Firefox interface. I’ll explain more of this later.

But one thing that I was definitely disappointed about was that Firefox has not yet switched over to the nice unibar that other browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera have used. If you don’t know what a unibar is, it’s basically the address and search bar combined. After using Google Chrome and Opera, I see no reason for keeping the address and search bar apart anymore. It just seems so much more functional to combine it together.

Another feature that seems to be missing is the bookmarks bar. Now by default, there is a bookmarks icon right next to the right of the search bar. However, I would still like to have my bookmarks bar there by default. Though this is a simple issue to fix (I’ll explain later), I still find it a bit odd that I have to go through the trouble of enabling this simple feature just so I can improve the functionality of my own experience.

After Some Exploration

The menu icon on the far right of the Firefox toolbar.

After noticing that the orange tab was gotten rid of, I was able to locate the new menu icon that would provide options to customize, install add-ons, and so forth. It’s located on the far right of the toolbar. You click on that, you’ll get a nice Google-looking style of options and add-ons in a grid format.

It provides some of the basic features of course. Such as zoom and copy & paste. While the rest of the options are placed as tiles in a grid format. These tiles include the print option, save page, and new window.

The customization “dashboard” in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

At the bottom of the menu pane, I found the option to customize my browser. Yay! When you click on that, your browser basically turns into a dashboard. You can drag additional tiles into the menu pane. But you can also drag the Google search bar out of the way. So now, you can finally have that unibar you’ve always wanted! Well… I wanted…

By the way, I was also able to bring back the bookmarks bar by clicking on the “Customize” button. Then, I selected the “Bookmarks Toolbar” by clicking on the “Show/Hide Toolbar” option at the bottom. You can of course, show the menu bar if you want.

But realistically, the former orange tab that was at the top-left corner of your web browser, is now an icon of stripes on the far right of the toolbar. When clicked upon, you’re presented with a grid of tiles giving you options and functionality. And of course, you have the option to customize the layout of the tiles and the toolbar with that nice “Customize” button at the bottom.

One interesting feature about the new menu pane that I must mention is the power button. All that it does is that it closes your web browser. That’s it. Honestly, I’ll just be quiet about this feature. It’s interesting, but why go through the trouble to put a power button to close the web browser when a close button is already available?

The “shutdown” icon in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

The Conclusion

After using the web browser for a while, there really is nothing for me to complain about that is that big of a deal. It’s a browser that works and serves well for its purposes. The only possible fallback for this web browser is the setup of no default bookmarks toolbar. As well as the interestingly odd power button to close the web browser.

But like I said earlier, it serves my purposes. I can surf the web with ease and enjoy my experience with great add-ons. If somebody were to ask me if they should give this browser a go, go for it! This web browser is definitely worth your time!