The flavour of summer – Findx updates and our bot’s behaviour

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer! Even though we haven’t posted often here, we’ve been working hard in the background. We also took the opportunity to take a little time off and enjoy the delightful taste of all kinds of seasonal berries and the classic Danish “Rød grød med fløde” Findx has been updated! … Continue reading The flavour of summer – Findx updates and our bot’s behaviour

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Findxbot – a real search engine bot

We received many questions in our last AMA on reddit and from webmasters about Findx, about how we build the Findx search engine index, and how our crawler, Findxbot, works. We hope this post can answer some of those questions!

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What are search exits on Findx?

You’ve searched for a term, but the site that you wanted to find wasn’t in the search results list. Of course, you can go to the site you wanted to search on, and search directly there. It’s just a couple of additional steps. Search exits, when they are supported by search engines, eliminate some of … Continue reading What are search exits on Findx?

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Norwegian – Bokmål or Nynorsk

Just a short note: We currently don’t distinguish between Bokmål and Nynorsk. We inherited a code base (https://github.com/privacore/open-source-search-engine) which had set aside 6 bits (64 values) for language ids. We recently discovered that it only had one code for Norwegian. But Norwegian comes in two versions: Bokmål and Nynorsk, which a similar but do have … Continue reading Norwegian – Bokmål or Nynorsk

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A good time to look at alternatives to Google

VIDEO: © European Union, 2017   /   Source: EC – Audiovisual Service The EU has fined Google for a sum of €2.42 billion for breaching antitrust rules. Google was found to have prioritised their shopping comparison services in their search results, and demoting their competitors. In other words, Google has abused their market dominance – … Continue reading A good time to look at alternatives to Google

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Private search vs. personalised search

You will be most familiar with personalised search, where search results are tailored to match what you have previously found interesting, and include pages that are similar to ones you may have looked at during a recent browsing session. Personalised search makes it more comfortable and easier to find what you expect to find. But … Continue reading Private search vs. personalised search

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Meet Us at the 2017 European Conference on Data Ethics

The first European Data Ethics Forum will be in Copenhagen on 29 September 2017. It aims to showcase the best instances of privacy tech and data ethical companies, and provide an opportunity for all interested to share their knowledge and experiences. All companies are impacted by data ethics or online privacy issues these days, so this is an important … Continue reading Meet Us at the 2017 European Conference on Data Ethics

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Server load

Apparently our severs are loaded 20000% We installed a new metrics collector that puts OS metrics into a prometheus database, and installed an off-the-shelf grafana dashboard. We were surprised: So either: The servers are really loaded, or You shouldn’t trust off-the-shelf dashboards to get everything right  

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Roundup from May: The AMA on reddit was the highlight

Shortly after the findx public beta was released, we held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit. We were overwhelmed and very happy with the response from the reddit community, who asked loads of questions and gave us valuable feedback. Our AMA even hit the front page of reddit – it gave us one more … Continue reading Roundup from May: The AMA on reddit was the highlight

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When IT companies own the streets: A project by Sebastian O’Sullivan

Image © Sebastian O’Sullivan Højholm The recent storm around fake news showed clearly that IT companies (or their algorithms) can control what we see online: IT companies control our search results, our social media timelines, and the ads that are displayed on the web pages that we visit. The flow of information that reaches us is more … Continue reading When IT companies own the streets: A project by Sebastian O’Sullivan

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