Morning Toolbox – October 22, 2012 – Monday miscellany

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Google has upgraded their Ngrams book search tool to 2.0. It now supports more languages, millions more books and several new advanced search options. (For instance, you can specify whether you are searching for a verb or a noun and so on). I’ve mentioned before it as a useful tool for skeptic research on historical trends.

Read on for more about online skeptic tools…

If you tether your Android phone to Windows to access the internet at conferences, PDAnet now supports Windows 8.

YouTube has added a new progress bar for non-profit channels to measure outreach campaign goals.

The search engine Blekko has added some SEO tools.

Here’s a nice overview of science research projects that have been crowdfunded and how well that is working.

The Internet Archive (which I’ve mentioned as a useful skeptic tool) is hitting 10 petabytes of data, and they are having a party this week to celebrate.

If you’re attending Science Writers 2012 next weekend, you’ll probably want to attend this session on Wikipedia. (I’ll be at CSICON).

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About Tim Farley
Focused on online misinformation, Tim Farley is a software engineer, computer security expert and scientific skeptic who created the site What's The Harm. He is a Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

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