- Video searches on Google only searches Youtube. Which is stupid since if you want to search for Youtube videos, you’d simply use Youtube.com directly. Bing searches all sites for videos (including porn sites) and allows you to thumb though the videos before going to the site that hosts the videos, which helps avoid malware.
- Image searches will not display any pornographic images regardless of your “safe search” settings. If you search for “boobs” on Google, you’ll get images of clothed busty women, often as “demotivational” joke/meme images. On Bing you’ll get what you’re looking for.
- Google allows 3rd parties to pay Google to have their search results (i.e. Ads) appear at the top of search results, Bing shows more relevant search results, but otherwise the same searches.
- Bing is apart of Microsoft Live, you can earn points by doing searches with Bing, and redeem them for just about anything. I my self redeem for XBox Live $5 gift codes, and buy more games when on sale for virtually free. Wish I could do that on Steam.
That said, Google does have a very good reverse image search where you give it an image file and it will tell you more about that image, who is in the image, where you can find high resolution versions of the images, alternate copies, etc. Wolfram Alpha has their own take on this as well called, Image identification Project.
For the past year searches on Google have been useless. Video searches only search whatever is on Youtube, not the internet at large. Image searches filter out nearly all porn and nudity even IF you have the filters turned off. Normal text searches return results based on who paid Google the most to appear at the top. I’ve been using Bing more for the past year for most of my common internet searches because Bing gives me the FUCKING results I’m looking for. Plus it has a nice rewards program for redeeming gift cards for Xbox Live! 🙂
However I had used Google’s Image search where you can upload an image and look for similar images. Usually I’m looking for a higher resolution of an image, or an un-edited version, or the site the image came from so I can find a pictorial set. Now when use Google Image search and drop any JPG or PNG file i get this BULLSHIT message
The image must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .tif, or .webp.
No results are given. just this useless error message. ALL my images are ALREADY .JPG or .PNG. Even if I use images I’ve used in the past that DID work on this page before, still give me this error. Doesn’t matter of it’s porn or LOLcat images; Google is broken and corrupt. So now I have ZERO use for Google now (well except perhaps Gmail). Problem is no other site I’m aware of does searches based on uploaded images like Google Image search did. Bing image search only does text based for now. So any recos out there?
I have been using Bing as my default search and start page for about two months, and it just doesn’t feel right. But I’m switching back to Goggle. Most of the time I’m looking up definitions for words and proper spellings, but Bing doesn’t support the [define: <word>] function like Google does. And doesn’t always “suggest” what word you meant to write when you can’t spell it proper. Bing is just not as intuitive as Google. Now perhaps Bing DOES have a [define:] function but I’m not aware as to what it is. I’ve yet to see a “Hack Bing” page that explains all the advanced search tricks and tools like we all have seen for Goggle in the past five+ years.
For years I’ve been using a little backup app for Firefox called MozBackup, so every time I reinstalled my OS for whatever reason, I would simply back up FireFox and Thunderbird using this app, export out everything I needed (including cookies, plug-ins, and so forth) allowing me to switch over with no problems. I didn’t have to remember all my logins/passwords to every site used, all my email history was intact, everything i used regularly, and was important to me was flawlessly transferable.
Then Firefox 3.5 came out. When I updated my browser it broke all by plug-ins and extensions I had for FF. I started getting mass pop up ads for porn sites, and banner ads I normally wouldn’t have seen. It was a nightmare to use, and it felt like I was on some strangers PC who was still using IE. At first i thought it was some incompatibility with Windows 7 64bit. After all Win7 has two separate folders for program files. \program files and \program files (x86) for old 32-bit apps. This is where Firefox would install in. Every time I tried to install a plug-in there was an error during the install, and it would refuse to install. I even switched back to FF 3.0.x and I STILL had the same problems! GRR!
I thought the folks at firefox would fix it, but it’s never did happen with FF 3.51’s release. I have more than one PC, and on my 2nd PC I’ve had windows 7 (64) running since the beta was out (now running RC). But i never did get around to installing FF on it since I don’t use it much. I guess for months I made the false asumption that FF 3.5 plugins werne’t compadible with Windows 7. Until i realized I never tested it, and would only take moments to test. Low and behold it ran fine, all the plugins I downloaded installed just fine as they should. The only difference this time is I never restored my MozBackup on this. I’m assuming MozBackup broke something in 3.5 when it restored particular files, or settings so plugs weren’t found in the proper place, even after downloading they wouldn’t install. So it looks like I need to do a “fresh” install of FireFox on my main PC to get everything working properly. I hope i can still remember all my logins and passwords. <sigh>
At least now I can start out clean, even some quirks will be cleared away, and I just need to export my bookmarks to HMTL and I’ll be fine. I’ll likely keep using MozBackup when I transition from Windows 7 RC, to the final version released this fall. I’m also gonna give Bing a whirl as my default search engine, and see how that works out.