This page and most of my pages are purposely not indexed for web search engines. So, hopefully, you are here because you wanted to be here, and not because you were tricked into visiting my pages. If you like what you find and especially if you have used something that you like please sign my guestbook, or email me.
is the search engine that works best for me. In it you can choose to search the web or the newsgroups.
You can indicate where you want to look for each of your words or phrases such as in the url: (address), host:, domain:, title:, text:, anchor:, applet: (Java), object: (ActiveX), link:, or image:.
There are separate options specifically for the Usenet: from:, subject:, newsgroups:, summary:, keywords:,
In order to make the most of any of the search engines you must take the time to learn and use the logical operators of the search engines that you use such as in AltaVista: the unary logical operator not (!), and the binary logical operators and (&), or (|), and near (~).
Help information for the Alta Vista Advanced Query, describes the features in the Advanced Query that will help you reduce the many undirected hits that you get using the default simple search.
Some Real Examples for Advanced Searches, is something I put together to provide some additional examples.
installs on your own computer (Windows 95/NT) enabling you to search your own computer files using the same advanced search arguments as you use on the AltaVista site. It searches MS Word, MS Excel, text, HTML files and others; and it is FREE. Download from the lower right corner of the AltaVista page. Installation on a server is expensive. If your computer hangs try exiting both parts of AltaVista Personal Search. It will be available next time you reboot. This really does not happen very often, and is most likely to occur during the short time (12 minutes for me) that it indexes everything all your files once a day. (9MB download, expands to 34MB)
uses AltaVista for the search engine. Yahoo is a great big organized list of web sites with descriptions. No matter how well you can use the search engines, Yahoo remains as the top place to look for information that has already been categorized. Many hot lists point to Yahoo categories as well they should. Yahoo was designed sort of like your local library. If you don't know where the category is that you want you go to the index. I use Alta Vista to find the categories that I want in Yahoo by including url:yahoo.com in an advanced search on Alta Vista.
has arranged several search engines on one page to help you find one or several search engines that work best for you. At the top of the screen choose Directory --> Search to find one you like the best. Every search engine has its following.
is the search engine that works best for me when searching newsgroups.
The power options are a little different from AltaVista. The trickiest is perhaps that and not is written as &! without any space between the two symbols. Parentheses are used with the logical operators. The symbol ^ can be used for near. ~a Author, ~s Subject, ~g Newsgroup, ~dc Creation date (~dc 1996/12/31).
The reason that I prefer Deja News searching of newsgroups is that AltaVista was not indexing all of the newsgroups that I was interested in.
~g comp.prog.rexx & ...
~g comp.prog.tsorexx & ...
~g ibm-news & conversion & ebcdic & ascii
~g microsoft.public.excel.misc & "formula of"
~g microsoft.public.excel.misc & "shift+enter"
~g microsoft.public.excel.misc & shift & enter (same as "shift+enter")
~g comp.os.ms-windows.apps.financial & Q98 & (accuracy | floating)
~g bit.listserv.ibm-main & ascii & conversion [FAQ for IBM-MAIN]
Some others of interest to mainframe visitors
~g comp.os.mvs & ...
~g comp.prog.asm370 & ...
~g comp.prog.cobol & ...
List of mainframe newsgroups:
Loriaux's System/390 home page - Mailing Lists.
Subscribe to Mainframe Related Discussion Groups which is a smaller list (not updated since 1997).
IBM-MAIN and related newsgroups.
Mike was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July, 1999.