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Search Engine Hacks

Posted by cfeehan on June 5, 2015

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If you’re like me, you’re no stranger to search engines. Whenever I have a question of any kind, I pull up Google, type my question into the search bar, and hit enter. Within seconds, I’m more knowledgeable than I was a minute earlier, and I’m not stuck wondering for the rest of the day.

This article includes a list of popular search engines, the basics of Google, and a few helpful search engine hacks that will help you to get the most accurate results possible when browsing online!

Search Engines

Some of the most popular search engines include:

Google Basics:

This is the Google search bar. Check it out – there are over sixteen million results for the term “baby panda” alone!SearchBar.JPG

Web – This is the default setting on Google. If you’re looking for webpages on the term you’ve entered, this is the tab for you

Images – If you want to see pictures of the term you’ve entered, click this tab to the right of “Web”

Videos – Same as above, but for videos

News – Clicking this tab under the search bar will give you recent news stories about the term you’ve entered into the search bar

Maps – This tab is best when you’re looking for a city, country, specific address, or even a restaurant or other business. By clicking this tab, you can also find directions, see a street view of the location, and search for restaurants, bars and businesses close to the searched location.

Search Engine Tips and Tricks:

Using Key Words

When searching a term in a search engine, you can be as vague or as specific as you want. Let’s say that it’s the Canada Day long weekend and you and your family are looking for something to do. You could search “Canada Day weekend”, and you would get a lot of results – but chances are, a lot of these results wouldn’t interest you. Instead, you could try using more key words. For example:

  • Kids
  • Family
  • Woodstock
  • London
  • Fireworks
  • Barbeque

The list really is endless, depending on what you want to do. If you search “Canada Day activities in London for kids”, you’re much more likely to get the results that you’re looking for.

Searching Exact Terms

If you want to search more than one word in a row as a whole phrase rather than separate words, surround the phrase with quotation marks. For example, if you want to search “Italian lasagna recipes” rather than “Italian”, “lasagna” and “recipes” separately, type the term into the search engine with quotation marks (“”) around it to ensure that you get the most accurate result.

Excluding Certain Pages

If you want to exclude certain terms and pages from your search, you can type the minus sign into the search box before the word you want to omit. So, let’s say that you want to go on a vacation, but you’re positive that you don’t want to go to Australia. You could type in “best travel destinations -Australia” to make sure that all of the results will be pages showing you travel destinations that you’re interested in, and not pages of results telling you that you should travel to Australia when you already know you’re not interested.

Looking for Results on One Specific Website

If you want to search for content on one specific website quickly and effortlessly on Google, type in “site:____ (key word)”. For example, if you’d like to search news articles about cyberbullying on the New York Times website alone, you would type in ‘site: New York Times cyberbullying’ and only the articles published on the New York Times website about cyberbullying would show up. This way, you can find exactly what you want on the precise website you want it from.

Always remember to use discretion when searching online, however. Not everything you read is truthful, and not every website you end up on is going to be secure. Be aware of your surroundings online and you’ll have a safe and informative browsing experience!

If you’re looking for a few kid-friendly search engines, check out our blog post about how to keep your kids safe online

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Welcome to the Execublog!

Posted by cirvine on June 4, 2015

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Hello!

We are Execulink Telecom, and we provision both residential and business internet, phone, tv, and mobility services to southwestern Ontario and have been doing so for over 110 years. But a lot has happened since 1904, including the emergence of blogging! So here we are. The very first (of many) Execublog posts. How are we doing so far?

In this blog you can find interesting stories about Execulink, the services we provide, the industry we work in, and the local communities we serve. You can also find stories that make you go "hmmm": cool upcoming technologies and trends, computer tips and tricks, and tons more!

We hope you enjoy and please contact us if you would like our blog to cover a certain topic or just want to ask a question about one of our posts. See you soon!

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East Park is London's "Place to Play"

Posted by cirvine on June 3, 2015

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East_Park_-_climbing_wall.JPGToday Execulink had the pleasure of enjoying a fun-filled Employee Appreciation Day at East Park Golf Gardens in London, Ontario. We all got to be kids again for a day: playing mini putt, bumping in bumper cars, speeding around the go-kart race track, rock climbing, and lots more. The staff served us two delicious meals and organized an entire “Amazing Race” event for everyone. Needless to say, the day was a blast.

During the day I found myself thinking back to when I was a kid, and the birthday parties that I used to go to at East Park.  I remember running in a fury from activity to activity, trying my hand at the batting cages (and being admittedly terrible at it), being in awe of the kids who could climb to the top of the rock climbing wall, and experiencing the joy of pulling out a long line of tickets in an arcade game. There was so much to do, and never enough time to do it!   

As an adult I figured, I can’t possibly have as much fun as I had back then. I proved myself wrong within minutes of being there. I found myself with a huge grin on my face as my coworkers bashed into me in their bumper cars. I made it to the top of the rock climbing wall and felt a little surge of pride. I even found a rush of exhilaration swerving around on the go kart track. If you’re an adult and doubting the fun you might have at this place, stop doubting! Fun is their specialty, for people of all ages.

East_Park_-_driving_range.JPGThe reason they are London’s #1 “place to play” is because East Park has been great at adapting over the years. In the 1960s it was originally just a mini-putt court. Then they expanded into the adjacent property and constructed the batting cages and a train ride that circled around the entire park, as well as a merry-go-round and a Ferris wheel. In the 80s, the go-kart track and a new water slide were added. In the 2000s, the indoor rec facility, “Intencity”, was built, and East Park saw the development of a 40-foot rock climbing wall, bumper cars, a 2-story jungle gym, a video arcade, and a concession stand. 2003 was the year they purchased Wally World, and added a whole separate water park to their facilities. Now after a hot day in the sun you had the option of finishing off the day with a cool splash! Perfect.

East Park showed us a great time and we can’t thank them enough for their great service and hospitality on our work appreciation day. Whether you want to get wet or stay dry; whether you’re a parent, child, or just want to have fun with coworkers; East Park has something for everyone. London and its surrounding areas have been enjoying East Park for over 50 years, and with the way the park adapts and expands, I’m sure we’ll all be enjoying London’s “place to play” for many years to come.

Thanks again East Park!

 

source: http://www.eastparkgolf.com/about-east-park/

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I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?


Kingsman: The Secret Service is Action-Packed Fun

Posted by cirvine on June 1, 2015

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“Manners maketh the man.” Wise words and also the motto of Lancelot aka Harry Hart, the suave British Kingsmen agent played by the inimitable Colin Firth. In Kingsman: The Secret Service, these words surface again and again as Hart takes it upon himself to mentor his late comrade’s son, nicknamed Eggsy (newcomer Taron Egerton). Eggsy is a young, impulsive delinquent whose lack of structure and support in his home life have obviously taken a toll on his professional and moral choices thus far. That is, until he meets Hart and is taken deep underground to the headquarters and training grounds of the Kingsmen: an British secret spy agency.

He is put to the test among fellow young Kinsgmen contenders, facing trial after trial that judge whether he has what it takes to be a first-rate spy. Meanwhile, the Kingsmen are currently investigating the abductions of public figures from around the globe, and it soon becomes apparent that the eccentric, lisping tech billionaire, Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is involved.

The story arc is one we’ve seen before: underdog kid is miraculously chosen to become a great hero in a subculture institution (“you’re a wizard, Harry!”). But it’s the way it’s mixed with other genres that makes it compelling and entertaining. It’s first and foremost director Matthew Vaughn’s love letter to spy movies, but it’s also shaken (not stirred) with dark comedy and the aforementioned underdog uprising. This play of themes, much like what he did with his cult favourite, Kickass, make it rise above those played out archetypes to become something truly unique. 

The characters are another great virtue of this movie. Firth fits his genteel spy role like a well-tailored suit, while the bratty Eggsy grows on you as he becomes the man you want him to be. The villain, Valentine, is also a role we love to hate, as he flips back and forth from evil genius to goofy nerd. His right-hand tough, Gazelle (played by Algerian dancer Sofia Boutella) is a truly entertaining villain as she slices and dices her enemies with her razor sharp prosthetic legs.

Parents beware: on the surface this movie might seem like a fun-filled medley of James Bond meets Harry Potter, but this isn’t a movie I’d go see with kids. There’s over-the-top gore (heads literally explode), non-stop swearing and a few lascivious moments that even made me uncomfortable.  Its R-rating is well deserved. 

All in all, this movie is about one thing: non-stop entertainment. You aren’t going to find any deep, insightful metaphors here or a heart-wrenching love story. You’re going to find action, fun, humour, and most importantly, cool spy gadgets. If you loved Kickass and the James Bond franchise, this may be your new favourite film.

You can find Kingsman: The Secret Service showing on Execulink’s VOD service beginning June 9, 2016.

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Marty McFly Would Be Proud: Longest Hoverboard Flight!

Posted by cirvine on May 28, 2015

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marty-mcfly-hoverboard-backtothefuture-smaller-slower.gifFinally, a hoverboard Marty McFly would be proud of.

Ok guys, this time it isn't a hoax. Just like Back to the Future Part II promised, 2015 has delivered to us what seems to be a really promising hoverboard! Not only that, but the developer of the cool flying machine is a Canadian: Montreal resident Catalin Alexandru Duru. Duru used his hovercraft to travel more than 250 metres --five times more than the previous record-- at a height of five metres above Quebec's Lake Ouareau, and in the process earned himself a new Guinness World Record.   

Duru had been working on the propeller-based prototype for about five years and last August filmed himself hovering over the lake. He sent the film to Guinness Book of World Records who verified the footage, and announced the record on its website on May 22. A Guinness World Records spokesperson said of the achievement, “This is a truly mesmerising and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation.  It’s always pleasing to see individuals such as Catalin Alexandru Duru achieve a Guinness World Records titles such as this in which personal endeavour continues to amaze us all.”

And this is only the beginning. Duru and his business partner, Philippe Maalouf, hope to have a new prototype finished by the end of the year and have hovercrafts available for purchase across the country. Although he admits the first generation of hovercrafts would be quite expensive, he hopes that Canadians will soon be able to have hovercrafts sitting next to their canoes and other toys at the family cottage.

Sources: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montrealer-sets-world-record-for-farthest-flight-by-hoverboard-1.3085052
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/5/video-watch-incredible-footage-of-farthest-flight-by-a-hoverboard-record-set-by-379420

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I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?