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Pat Dryburgh

When I launched the DuckDuckGo Search Box Generator, I didn’t add any analytics as it felt counter to the spirit of the tool. The only way I know if someone’s used it is if they tell me and that’s happened less than a handful of times.

A little while ago, I received such an email from Kieran Hunt. Kieran was using the DDG Search Box Generator to build something for themself and was asking about the ability to search multiple sites. It seemed my instructions were not working. After a bit of digging, we came to realize that DuckDuckGo stopped supporting passing a comma-separated list of URLs to the sites input of the generated form.

Thankfully, Kieran was able to find a workaround using a little bit of JavaScript and was able to finish their very cool Recipe Search Engine.

It’s always cool when something you’ve created spurs the creation of others. Thanks to Kieran for creating something cool and sharing it with the world!

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The Steve Jobs Archive has just released Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words, a collection of speeches, interviews, and emails said to reveal “how he approached his life and work.” The book can be read for free in a custom online experience designed by Jony Ive’s creative studio, LoveFrom, or in your favourite e-reader.

As someone who occasionally finds himself down the Steve Jobs rabbit hole, this is right up my alley and I can’t wait to dive in.

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_DavidSmith’s PodSearch app is super cool! I was just trying to remember when John Siracusa most recently discussed Apple’s Migration Assistant on ATP and a quick PodSearch led me straight to 00:33:38 of Episode 485.

PodSearch isn’t as forgiving nor as extensive as a Google search, but Google doesn’t (yet?) have an index of podcast transcripts. While only a handful of podcasts are indexed on PodSearch (yet?), the utility of having full text search of a few of my favourite tech podcasts is proving to be really valuable.

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