Duck Duck Go Search Engine Does NOT Track You

TAKE BACK YOUR PRIVACY is what it says on the DUCK DUCK GO page here 

Have you tried this search engine and if so, what do you think?  If not yet, why not try it?

Recently my friend Steve ran into an acquaintance who’s about 25 years younger than we are.

I mention the age difference as I’m sure it’s one reason I’m just hearing about it.

The guy is totally into computers and does well although I can’t tell you what his business is exactly except when they were talking about search engines he recommended the search engine DUCK DUCK GO.

The selling point (no charge) is they DON’T TRACK YOU.

Have you ever searched for an item and then received emails and ads in a variety of places with said item?? I am always being offered an opportunity to receive an online master’s degree in Art Education. It’s well known I look at shoes.  And now it’s baby items.

My friend V was researching a blender purchase and I helped.  Whoa!

I can’t tell you how long I got promos and ads about blenders. They KNEW I hadn’t purchased a blender yet! I’m offered photography books all the time. And equipment.  Let’s face it, Amazon has my #.

This just happened to me today. Again.

Suddenly they’re offering me FREE SHIPPING on printed invitations. (Thanks a lot-a tad late-  I already ordered printed invitations the other day and paid for shipping)

There’s an excellent article about Duck Duck GO by Harry McCracken  at TIME magazine who calls it the In-N- Out Burger of Search Engines.  You’ll still use Google for images and books. But there is definitely “reduced clutter.”

Thank you Mr. Gabriel Weinberg for founding Duck Duck Go.  You are my new home page. I read more about your company in Paoli, Pennsylvania on the Wikipedia Article here.

It took me seven years to find you.

Maybe a few more fans will like your privacy factor (for the good).

Oh yes, they’re hiring, too.

I know this is primarily a photography blog but I didn’t want to screen shot their logo without permission.

 

 

A Century of Crossword Puzzles and a Guest Blog Photo

You might have noticed a recent GOOGLE DOODLE with a crossword puzzle.  Crosswords have been in the news a lot lately. I hear they’re good for your brain, keep it sharp.

I’d read an article in the Washington Post  by Merl Reagle about the inventor of the first crossword puzzle -Arthur Wynne, who ” never received a penny” for his creation.  His first puzzle was printed on December 21, 1913.

I have several friends and family who enjoy solving crosswords. In some households there’s a race to get the newspaper first!

And if you haven’t seen the movie WORDPLAY, consider watching it. There’s a trailer for the 2006 film in this link from TIME.

When I was visiting the family in Ohio, their newspaper- Columbus Dispatch– had a giant puzzle created by Monica Zurowski (managing editor of the Calgary Herald)  and I mailed it to my friend Bill who is a crossword  aficionado.  Today he messaged me a photo of the puzzle after he solved it.

He does crosswords everyday and does them well.  He says according to the film, WORDPLAY,  this puzzle in the photograph is not the definition of a true crossword puzzle but Bill said it was interesting and took a long time to accomplish ( today was an unexpected snow day from school)

Thanks Bill for the photo and good info on crossword puzzles.              I’ve seen you do them in ink!

Giant Crossword

*Want to solve a giant crossword with 853 clues? by Monica Zurowski /from the Calgary Herald- you can download it here