More Search Resources
- Ask.com Formerly “Ask Jeeves.” Strong search engine that claims fewer clicks to your answer.
- DTS-L Fast Web Search
Provided by DTS MVPs. Raging, Google, DogPile, DejaNews & more.
- Vivisimo Document Clustering Another search engine which nicely groups its results into
Researching Web Sites & Domains
- SingTel IX Traceroute Server Sometimes you need to run a traceroute
from a location other than your own. Why not run it from Singapore?
- IP Address Locator Tool by GeoBytes. Find the geographical location of an IP address.
- Netcraft Web Site Finder Find out what OS base a web site is running on, its uptime history,
hosting information, etc.
- URL Check
by MS-MVP Bill James. Lets you confirm if a URL is currently live, then, optionally, view the page. (In IE6 it requires
security be set to Medium-Low, or Medium with Access Data Sources Across Domains set to Prompt or Enable.)
- DNS Stuff Another great site information tool, much more thorough than the others on exposing DNS records.
The companion site, DNS Report, gives perhaps the best one-page summation of domain status.
WhoIs & Additional Research Tools
Sam Spade.org A wonderful collection of online web tools, including
whois, traceroute, DNS, and reverse DNS tools, an obfuscated URL search, IP block search, and a “safe web browser”
that shows site content without risking browser vulnerabilities. Click here to go directly to the tools and their descriptions.
- Domain White Pages Another great whois, traceroute, and DNS records.
Not as user friendly as Sam Spade, doesn’t have all the same features, but has a few tools that my favorite detective doesn’t have.
- Name.Space The old standard WhoIs (domain search) tool on the web.
- BetterWhoIs.com An alternate WhoIs site. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t take IP addresses.)
- Domain Surfer Search for domains using wildcards in the name — in case you forgot
exactly what it’s called.
General Research Resources
- MapQuest You use this all the time already, right? Still has more detail than any of the others.
- Google Maps This is still in Beta... but already it threatens to make MapQuest obsolete. (And is there anyone who thinks
those satellite views are not cool?)
- Sun & Moon Rise/Set Calculator
A handy calculator from the US Naval Observatory.
- U.S. Gazatteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Piple.com New and claiming to be “The most comprehensive people search on the web,” it is already pretty good and can be expected to get better!
- Spock Where are you on the web? Who is saying what about you? This is one of the most interesting people-finders around.
- WhoWhere? The Lycos people finder. (These days,
Google and other sites probably do it better! But this classic link is still worth keeping around.)
- WorldHistory.com A great history site, that also focusses on historic roots of
items currently in the news. I like This Day in History.
Language Aids & Resources
- BabelFish Alta Vista’s language translation site.
- Dictionary.com This has... dictionaries! Easy English dictionary and thesaurus, plus specialty
dictionaries, non-English dictionaries (even Latin!), and more. A really exceptional site.
- iTranslator by Bowne Global Solutions.
A BabelFish alternative.
- Latin Dictionary & Grammar Aid by Kevin Cawley at Notre Dame.
What do all those acronyms and buzzwords mean that people use on the Internet? And how ’bout those emoticons?
Does your WAG draw a WE? This site may be your salvation!
- Rhyme Zone
Generates rhymes, synonyms, antonyms, definitions, related words, homophones, similar spellings & more!
- Shakespearean Insulter
When you want to really give it to someone, give only the best, thou wimpled onion-eyed puttock!
- ’Strine Decoded
The definitive lexicon of ’Strine.
- Wordsmith.org Word-a-Day. Anagrams (try your name in this one!). Get dictionary
and thesaurus information delivered by email. If you love (or are at least fascinated by) “the music & magic of words,”
check this out.