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Scroogle busted again, maybe for good

For the second time in less than a few months, Scroogle's "Scraper" is now busted again. This means in order to perform a Google search, I actually have to use Google and that's annoying.

I didn't use Scroogle for the privacy. I used it because it was a way to use Google to search with NO video results and NO adverts. A thing a beauty Scroogle is, err.. was.

The "lite" version Goog is http://google.com/xhtml or http://google.com/pda and is the closest thing you can get to how Scroogle used to be, but there are three notable issues when using that on a desktop PC.

  1. Search results are in such a way where they favor a smartphone first, because this version of Goog search is specifically for mobile use.
  2. Ironically, in the Chrome browser (but not in any other) you see a huge pink box with a nastygram stating a script error - even though the site works just fine.
  3. You have to deal with video search results unless you perform a very specific type of search.

Firefox, Chrome and Opera all have the ability to use custom search keywords, so that's exactly what I did to get the search I want without the video result crapola.

The line is this:

http://www.google.com/xhtml?q=%s -youtube.com -metacafe.com -dailymotion.com

In Firefox and Opera I set this as a bookmark. I don't use this in Chrome because of that stupid pink box nastygram message.

Using the "lite" version is the difference between this:

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...and this:

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This may not seem much, but to me they're worlds apart. In the "lite" version there's no stupid sidebar, no "iGoogle" crap and no ads - yet. I'm sure Goog will shove 'em in there eventually, but they're not there at present.

I hate adverts and videos shoved in my search results. Goog's mobile search for now will suffice, or hopefully Scroogle will get back on its feet (but that doesn't look likely).

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