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Forum topic by Allison posted 04-04-2009 07:17 AM 1280 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Allison

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04-04-2009 07:17 AM

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I do not know if a lot of LJ’s folks use Google, but I just wanted to share something with you all in case you were not aware of it. When you have a Google account, you also can sign up for Google alerts. When I first learned/owned/used a computer less than 3 years ago, I wanted to find wood working sights, along with patterns etc. So I signed up with Google alerts and wrote the words intarsia and scrolling. I immediately was bombarded with intarsia and scrolling sites. The problem was intarsia is a form of knitting I guess, (or sewing, in that category) and scrolling has a zillion different ways the word is used, from scrolling a page etc. LOL!!! Anyhow I changed those two and added woodworking with both words. To this day I still receive my google alerts. It was through these alerts that I found Lumberjocks! So I just thought I would pass this along in case you were not aware of it. I have also used this for free woodworking patterns. Just make your alert for free woodworking patterns (or be more specific, say intarsia, or fretwork, etc) I also love to crochet and found hundreds of free crochet patterns and crochet sites by doing this.
Just be more specific than I was my first time. LOL!!! It is a pretty cool way of searching for things without searching yourself, instead of you going to look for the sites, the sites are brought to you to choose from. You also can say how many times a day/week you want to be alerted.
I hope this helps someone, and Happy Surfing!
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!


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#1 posted 04-04-2009 07:36 AM

I’ve never known about this. How do the alerts come? To your email address? One message with lots of alerts in your time frame or individual alerts?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 07:43 AM

The alerts come to your e-mail address. I have my alerts set up that I receive them when Google finds something, so I usually get 1 to 3 or 4 at a time. But you can also set it up to just once a day or week etc. Then you get a whole bunch of them. Every time someone from LJs posts someones project that is scrollwork or intarsia, I even get an alert for that as long as they have used those words or tagged their projects with that. I use alerts for A LOT of things besides woodworking or crochet. A couple of years ago we had a big fire by my house and I had the alerts , alert me everytime something significant was happening with the fire. I even used it for updates in IRAQ in cities I knew my son was in. Its really a great thing! Check it out!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 04-04-2009 07:49 AM

Wonder if my wife uses this and she’s holding out on me :-)) Everytime I have a “don’t know” , I ask her. I might not have asked the right questions ;-)) I’ll check it out.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 04-04-2009 07:56 AM

WOW, that was easy! Guess it pays to point and click into the unknown ;-)) I first got started using windows and the web when my 3 year old grandson ask if he could play a game on grandma’s computer? I told him I didn’t know how to start it. He said, “I do, Grandpa.” He carefully put in his disk and started it up. I decided right then and there if a 3 yr old could do it, i’d better expand my horizons beyond using an integrated office program on my old PC :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-04-2009 08:36 AM

Thanks a lot for giving such a valuable information. It will help all of us a great deal.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 04-04-2009 04:49 PM

Wow, how cool is that? I received a bunch on woodworking right after I signed up for it. I don’t want to be a spammer here, but if you want patterns for crochet – please check my wife’s site at www.wittywife.com. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the info on the alerts-you may have created a monster :)
Later,
Doug in AZ.

-- If you need craft books - please visit our small business at http://www.wittywife.com

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#7 posted 04-04-2009 06:05 PM

To douginaz,
I will check out your wife’s site. I would love to. This morning when I received my Google alerts I was in there for writing this thread, because I had used the words intarsia and Scrolling! That Google’s pretty smart Eh?
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#8 posted 04-04-2009 06:20 PM

I didn’t know this…thanks for sharing and I’m on it now…wish I had known about this when I had my racoons…LOL. On a more personal note, I had no idea you had a son in IRAQ, I hope he is safe, or as safe as you can be over there. I always enjoy your posts and work.

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#9 posted 04-04-2009 06:53 PM

To Robbi,
My son did a 18 month tour over there. He has been home safe and sound for about 3 years now . Thank you. It was the hardest thing I had to deal with, seeing my son going off to war. I (we) were fortunate!
PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#10 posted 04-04-2009 07:34 PM

Great info Allison. You should blog about this! ;)

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 04-04-2009 08:01 PM

Allison, Glad to hear your son is safe at home!!

Doug, i just sent your site to my wife, sis and a few other freinds.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-04-2009 09:50 PM

Thanks for this. I just set up a few alerts.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#13 posted 04-04-2009 10:03 PM

Thanks Allison. Google has a lot of tools. I like the desktop search facility, once you run it over your drives all you need to do is double click control enter part of the file name & up comes the file. Another favourite of mine is Google Earth, it now has street view which gives you a good look at the accommodation for your holiday, particularly whats in the neighbourhood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 04-05-2009 01:18 AM

Allison and TopamaxSurvivor – thanks for the support of my wife’s site – she is struggling in this current economic down turn.

Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, just trying to say thanks,

Doug in AZ.

-- If you need craft books - please visit our small business at http://www.wittywife.com

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#15 posted 04-05-2009 07:09 AM

You are welcome Doug. Hope some of them buy something ;-)

Thank you to Allison for starting this thread. There are so many options on these sites, I would never get around to trying most of them. That is one my wife never has used. I sure wouldn’t have found it on my own :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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