Friday, April 23, 2010

A Supposedly Fun Trick I'll Try Again Sometime

The internet is very quick at changing, so this little ditty might not last for long.

I went to Google "Wind wind etc. etc." --- a sentence from one of David Foster Wallace's essays. One of the links that showed up was the full essay, hosted on the New York Times website. When I clicked on the link, it took me to the full essay.

But I usually compulsively open a new browser window and feed a link in directly before sharing it on Facebook or Google Reader. To see if anything changes.

Which. Well, if you go to this link directly, it will ask you to log into NYT:

BUT, if you click over from the Google search returns page, it should let you view the page without logging in:

Furthermore, though, you could simply hit the "Cached" button on the Google link and see Google's downloaded version of the page, complete with highlighting of your search terms:

Because, I don't know if everyone knows this, but Google downloads the internet. This was the main part of their search idea that has allowed them to return search results very quickly. I don't know how long Google caches stay intact (or if they move them around their server space), but in case the internet ever disappears, there will probably be a copy of at least half of it at Google.

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