Different targets, different techniques
Omnis feret omnia tellus

~ Targets ~
arrows in the web-void
Fravia+ (msre) ... search strainers & gates       Updated May 2005
files (& ftp)
filez & torr
red images
music & sounds
red books & texts
Laws EU-laws
classified texts
red passwords
red Streams
red blogs
red news
email providers ("Syrupping")
"free" (sic) email repositories


Different targets, different techniques... so obvious and yet, at the same time, so incredibly underestimated! Seekers know that each kind of quarry has specific characteristics and parameters they should take account of...    Lovely and lively moving little quarryes, dancing on our 'evershifting' web of quicksand sites...    Nuggets of pure altruistic knowledge hidden among the foul-smelling and evil-blobbing commercial sargassos seas...    Oh my! How are we supposed to track our targeted results down, to aim our seeker sharp arrows at our signal, when everything moves so quickly?

Yet EVERYTHING is out there! Omnis feret omnia tellus! We can learn how to find ANYTHING on the web. Anything! Indeed the web is so huge that -with almost no exceptions- searching in the correct way will enable you to find anything you may be looking for. Any image, any music, any book, any document, any data, any software (proprietary or not), any newspaper published in the history of mankind. Whole national libreries are going on line in this very moment in some godz-forgotten country somewhere in Africa or Asia. Half a million people are putting in the very 5 seconds you are reading this half a million scanned images on some god forgotten homepage. Another 200 thousand users are uploading, in THESE five seconds 200 thousand mp3, somewhere on the web.
Some of these books, of these images, of these musics, have never been on the web before. But they will now remain on Internet for the ETERNITY, and you will find them even if their Authors have pulled them down!

Well, let's first of all improve our "searching Shahin" (this is of course a sine qua non in order to find whatever - and I mean whatever - we are looking for). For this reason, as you'll notice, some sections of this lore will remain "closed" to you until you develop your egoistical searcher's Heijoshin into a more capable ethical seekers' Fudoshin, hehe 

Books and Texts

New ad hoc section How to search for books and texts


New ad hoc section How to search for images


Streams ~ Mp3 ~ Audio quests ~ Audio search engines ~ The music blogs phenomenon ~

There is a section ad hoc about de-streaming.

You'll also find some info about total recorder (an interesting tool for sound streams capture) here

Should you simply want to dig out of the net some mp3 on the fly, behold the power of FAST (alltheweb):
In fact you can find your favourite mp3 songs using the name of the author (for instance dylan) and stating that the document must include "index of/mp3" in the title: here is FAST's Bob Dylan's ad hoc [mp3 search]

Note that the "index +of" seekers' trick is worth studying :-)

Sound quests and "musical searching" essays
In June 2002 I published A musical riddle for the sommer, that you will be able to hear if you wait for it to load [here]. Our fellow seekers went out of their way in order to solve it. Many sound and music search tricks lurk in these threads, for the patient readers that will adventure inside :-)

Audio Search engines and tools

A tool for usenet music search is Audiofind, for instance dylan blonde


Another interesting search engine for or audio & video content (even content based on speech recognition) is SpeechBot, that currently indexes 14553 hours of content.

Here its powersearch mask.

The music blogs phenomenon

musicblogs.htm: Searching among Music Blogs , How to fetch da beef without wading into the blogs, A list of mp3 bloggers and Searchlores' own music blog


~ How to find any file stored on this planet ~
(yes: any!)

This section is closed to non seekers :-)

Yet - in the mean time - you may learn something nevertheless: either visiting the file searching lore section or reading the Catching web-rabbits approach. You may also trying the following approaches:

file searching lore


Autonomus Citations Index
researchindex direct
Blah blah: "ResearchIndex is a scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness".

Of course, for seekers, the whole point is just to fish some names and/or some more 'angles' out of the web-void in order to improve their own chances in finding a specific quarry they were already hunting. This said, believe me (and The+Owl): it would be hard to underestimate the usefulness of this tool. Note also that ResearchIndex computes citation statistics and related documents for all articles cited in the database, not just the indexed articles.

Only retrieving 2000 citations. Only a fraction of citations to each article may be shown.
Order: citations weighted by the expected number for a given year.

May the Abstract be with you, oh intrepid seeker! :-)


[http://www.comtechelectronics.net/do%20docs/standards.html] Standards and Cross References (ADSL-XML)
Sysadmin oriented indexes and search engines, all sort of documentation and information, Pointers and Resources, FAQs, Descriptions, Standards and Protocols

xrefer's contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri & books of quotations. All cross-referenced, all in one place

Journals  (red means you'll need some proxy/password gimmick)

Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to many journals is limited to students and staff of various study institutes and universities. So check the passwords, rabbits and proxies sections to learn your tricks

http://www.nla.gov.au/ajol/: Australian Journals OnLine (AJOL) (Australian National Library)

http://www.lib.umich.edu/ejournals/: University of Michigan, Electronic Journals & Newspapers List

redhttp://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/electronic/jol.htm: Links to e-journals subscribed by CUHK Library and some free journals.

redhttp://www.jstor.org/: Jstor (you'll need to masquerade as a US or UK "Participating Institution"

http://medworld.stanford.edu/research_journals.html: MedWorld, Biomedical and Clinical Journals On-line

http://www.hg.org/journals.html: Legal and Law Related Journals

"Scholars" (University level essays)  

An incredible wealth of mostly useless and preposterous scripts...

Google has its own scholar search

For instance: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22search+engines%22&btnG=Search&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&num=100

But the problem is that this scholar engine is strangely stale and gives a lot of obsolete results.
You may want to refine your scholar searches temporally with the two arrows below, posted by Nemo (here as an example: "euro dollar reserves":
euro dollar reserves "numrange:1-31 * 2004"
euro dollar reserves "january | february | march | april | may 2004"

And here we have Polonus' additions   (November 2004)

These days I jump around in the fori, and whenever I find some jewels while doing so, I try to share these with others.
One such a complete searchsite is OJOSE, a website to search for scientific journals, papers & information.
The link to go there is: http://www.ojose.com. Really a Swiss "top site". It is a bit like the Fagan Finder but for  these search actions. 
All the other links like http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/cs and the Elsevier and Springer links are included there, as is http://www.findarticles.com/ and http://citebase.eprints.org/cgi-bin/search?
By the way for looking up general information there is an experimental service ( one time it is up, then again down, so be aware) from Southampton at: http://paracite.eprints.org/ . Really a clever one, and worth to recommend.
This to mark the fact that www.scholar.google is n't the only place to go.
I have learnt that we must evaluate all results in these search areas as well, and carefully so for  here misinformation can reign in subtlety and misleading information is a political bias, to explain this in a clear manner just search for instance "25 subjects censored", or "top 25 censored stories" and you will see what I mean, and why

Email providers "Syrupping"  

See also the ad hoc sections "free" (sic) email repositories and where to upload stuff

I decided to call this "email providers finding" trick syrupping :-)

A useful way to find all over the world "free" email address providers, inter alia exactly those very providers and/or servers that do not care too much about aliases, about being exploited and about anonymous logging, in fact syrupping uses the very SPAMMERS' attacks in order to find the providers.

Very elegant method, I think: In fact syrupping uses the forces of evil for nobler purposes :-)

It recalls, to a minor and humbler extent, the great tricks described in Nemo's Search Engines Anti-Optimization (Get your own stop words!)
essay and in WayOutThere's Reversing to Enhance and Expand famous essay about Copernic reversing.

Ingredients: spammers, yahoo, usenet, dubious internet sites
Results: huge lists of free emailproviders
Time required: takes coupla day to kick in, but then it will produce syrup continuously

1) You create a fake id, say on yahoo, that you will use only for syrupping and then you'll let sink into oblivion, sagged by spam.
2) You subscribe your fake address to religous nuts magazines, porn-a-day services, jokes-a-day, brides in orient, all the possible crap and worst the commercial web-morasses have on offer.
3) You get a zillion nasty spammers stinging dicho fake address, like bees on the syrup
4) You now use yahoo's own facility "this is spam" to denounce spammers to yahoo and thus you get A NICE LIST with all those spammers' addresses, from lola@arawwuzz.com to 32442@Ziloteptera.org (alternatively you just grep them with your scripts :-)
The important part for us is of course the providers list, those after the @ in the address :-)
5) Ta-daa: you grep a very long list of email providers, and - as an added bonus - rather dubious ones for that matter (or weak public servers taht have been Xploited by spammers, which means we can Xploit them too when spreading lore :-)

Here, for instance, some idiot spammers fished fresh today on a normal and protected account (hence imagine how many you will fish once you spill syrup all over the web table :-)



A big danke to gs (Gregor Samsa, a brilliant ~Seeker~) for the following pointers
[http://www.symbols.com/index/wordindex-a.html] (main cat)
[http://www.symbols.com/graphicsearch.html] (advanced search form)
[http://www.levity.com/alchemy/alchemical_symbols00.html] Alchemical symbols, from Abstrahere to Zinziber

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