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Best practices for doing a search using Google

There is an average of 91 million searches per day using Google (  But, how do you limit the search or get the best results for what you are looking for? Most times users will enable Google Instant.  Or, you can use the square brackets [ ] to signal a search query.  For examples, if I wanted to search for prune mui you could type [prune] and [mui], this would be two separate queries.  Or, you could do [prune mui] as one query.  Here are some other tips:
  • Phrase search (""): example ["King Kamehameha"]
  • Search within a specific website (site:): example [start wars site:]
  • Terms you want to exclude (-): example [jaguar - cars - football -os]
  • Fill in the blanks (*): example [fried * with *]
  • Search exactly as is (+): Google uses synonyms automatically, but can be used to match words precisley.
  • The OR operator: example [Superbowl 2009 or 2010]
A couple exceptions - sometimes the punctuations that have a particular meaning are not ignored.  Also, every word matters when searching, so common words such as 'the', 'a', and 'for' are usually ignored in a search.


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E pule kakou . . .

Aloha all,
I was trying to think so hard of a "techie" tip and finally gave up. I even googled "tips and tricks" for various programs and then thought "I can't blog about something I don't actually use!" Then, as I was sitting in my Papa Makua class, doing all kinds of protocal and thought about how we keep looking for a short pule to do to open our meetings. I had `A`ali`i write a pule in Hawaiian. He was worried about the grammar and structure of it so I asked Kelly C. to kökua by editing and doing an audio recording so you can hear the pronunciation. Hope it's helpful :)

E ho`omalu käkou
E kö mäkou makua i loko o ka lani
Mahalo no nä pömaika`i a pau. Mahalo no ke ali`i lokomaika`i o Pauahi a me këia kula nei. E `olu`olu, e kia`i iä mäkou i ke alahele küpono me ka lökahi.
Ke nonoi ha`aha`a nei mäkou i ka inoa o Iesu Cristo

`Unuhi (translation):
Let us pray
Our Father in heaven
Thank you for all the many blessings. Thank you for the generous Pri…