Getting Rid of Google

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kdawg, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. kdawg macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2004
    Anyone ever try and change safari so that it uses another search engine besides google? I have found some hacks for it and want to see if anyone had success and how complicated it was using VI editor or what not. I am an IT guy but by no means a programmer.

    I have decided not to use google after a buddy of mine had some issues with them and his new site.........

    BTW... I know I could just not use it... but that kind of defeats the purpose of it being part of safari. You have to admit it sucks to have something you are not using taking up space. I like the fact I can search right from safari but I would just like to modify what engine I use..
  2. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
  3. DerChef macrumors 6502


    Apr 29, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    You dont have to get rid of it mearly not use it.

    there is Yahoo of course :eek:

    Recently moved to Gmail rather than the Btyahoo mail I was using before, their mail has a massive ad that takes up half the screen in their webmail and I am paying them ****ing money for the privilege to get it:mad:
  4. savar macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2003
    District of Columbia
    I think you're crazy for not wanting to use Google, but check out AcidSearch. I think it can be configured to not use Google, and then you can replace it with any search engine you want.
  5. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    Good ol' BT. :rolleyes:
  6. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    If you are using firefox, there is the option to change the search engine
  7. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    Agreed...your the first person I've ever heard...ever to say they didn't like Google.
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
  9. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes
    Instead of vi, you can use or Apple's TextEdit (or your favorite GUI text editor).

    If you want to use Yahoo, you could try something like this.
  10. enoch macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2005
    Sometimes - but not often - I would like Safari to search

    But not yahoo.

  11. Bluepig macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2007
    It's amazing how many MAC users have not only drank from the poison cool-aid but it seems most swim in the pool. The concept that one user believes another is "Crazy" for not wanting to use Google is laughable at the very least. But then I guess that is the common socialist leftist stance; i.e. We believe in free thought as long as what you think is what we think."

    Google has the most twisted group of owner/managers in the history of the Internet. Not only do they filter and block anything they don't believe in, or that does not promote or support their political agenda, the are openly anti-American and anti-Republic terrorists.

    So label me as crazy too, since I refuse to use the Socialist Poster Child for Restricted Free Speech. So far Altavista has not followed this terrorist trend.

    P.s. I own a 15.4 MacBookPro 2.4G Core 2 Duo, with a 250G Toshiba MK2546GSX and 2G RAM, as well as a new iMac 24" 2.4G Core 2 Duo with 4G RAM and a 320G HD. I run VMWare Fusion when I have to switch to Microsloft for work related documentation, and Ubuntu when I want to code.

    MAC seems to be a better platform with the core 2 duo than the X86 when it comes to productivity and photographic processing, but not when it comes to gaming. Glad I don't waste my time with games.

    God forbid someone has a differing position on anything than the good folks on this board.
  12. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    If you use Inquisitor you can choose whatever search engine you like. Inquisitor is great.
  13. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    You know, i can't tell if you are serious or not. I hope not simply because thinking that Google is a group of Anti-American and Anti-Republican Terrorist is just plain silly. And not because they are google, but just because... well.... WTF!?!?
  14. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory

    P.S : The Core 2 Duo processor IS an x86 and x86_64 processor. So that statement makes little sense. Oh, and it is Mac :).
  15. iPhil macrumors 68040



    MAC and Mac See the difference on the typing..

    2 totally different companies

    And Apple isn't forcing the user-base to use safari browser ..

    If you don't like what google is doing then don't use their products.. And your gonna lock yourself out the thread if keep up the {political} rant.

    And you want one of These for having 3 different OSes on your machines..

    MAC and Mac See the difference on the typing..

    2 totally different companies
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    mac != apple incorporated it is simply a name of a product not a company

    MAC= media access control
  17. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I just removed the search box from Safari completely...


    ...And added a link to Yahoo Search in my bookmarks bar right below where it used to be ;)
  18. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Um, troll alert...

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  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  20. Bluepig macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2007
    Some of what I offered was tongue in cheek, but not all. Googles' owners position and political indifference is well known, as well as it is left of center. The fact that Google is blocking any of the current information about the iMac 20 & 24 display problems is all over the web, and focused on Tom's Hardware site. The ongoing bugs in Leopard are being blocked at Apple's request. If someone offers a right of center political position that too is blocked by Google.

    Google is not the best engine, just the most well known. There are plenty of good engines and I think it is ironic how Apple gets to lock Google into their toolbar, but if Microsloft does it Apple, Novell, Sun and others rush to get Uncle Sam's help to fight a monopoly.

    I am very pro Mac (for those who think that there is a difference when using case and discussing only Apple products) as is evidenced by my personal systems. The rest of my family has x86 clones due to the cost of Mac's and switching over. But I am not so much a Mac guy that I consider it a religion and I am not about to lie for Apple by saying that Black is White or visa versa. I am one of the fortunate in as much as my 24" iMac has a perfectly functioning display, and it has operated flawlessly since day one. On the other hand I blindly upgraded from Tiger to Leopard and that has been somewhat of a problem. I have already reinstalled Tiger on the MacBook Pro, and will be rolling back the iMac tomorrow.

    One of the major issues is that I use a Okidata C5500n printer, and neither Apple nor Okidata have drivers for Leopard. Okidata says that they will come from Apple since the language drivers have been provided to Apple, and Apple says drivers are due in a few weeks. The other issue is in using the console. The function is no longer the same and it continues to lock up when scripting, or modifying core function. When I use Whiteroom or Final Draft I get a number of anomalic behaviors, all of which I have reported to both companies and Apple.

    Thank you for the information about the Mac also (now) being an X86 based CPU. After 19 years as an IT guy that one might have escaped me. I am very glad that Apple pulled their heads out of the PowerPC rectum and switched. But as anyone (else) out there knows the legacy of discussing the differences between Apple computer products and the IBM clone has always been discussed using the x86/Mac designator. You are correct that I will have to start to change that mindset and how I reference them.

    Am I a troll? I guess that will depend upon whether or not this board allows contrary opinions and various positions. I.e. a troll is often defined buy the community and the posters willingness to comply with their mantra.

    I have operated BBS' and Posting boards since 1988 and have been through this a hundred times as both the administrator and a part of the posting community, so I don't;
    1. Take things to serious
    2. Take offense
    3. Take attacks or differing opinions personally

    Whether or not I get to post here again will not change the way I part my hair or pull up my pants come tomorrow. The Google politically correct filter will still be in place and the world will continue to spin, albeit a bit to the left.
  21. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i think it was more of a case of calling people crazy and that being your only post

    if you had more posts, i dont think it would have been intrepreted as trolling just my 2 cents

    just curious what is you search engine of choice?
  22. reimerd10 macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2007
    I'm not going to support the whole rant but the main point here is extremely valid. Many Mac users, at least in this thread, are ridiculously hypocritical in that they have chosen an os with low market share and yet they harass another individual for wanting to use a search engine with low market share. Give your heads a shake guys... if i want to use mac os I don't want to be bugged by microsoft users any more than you do. In the same breath if someone wants to use a less popular search engine they don't want to be bugged by google users.
  23. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    If Bluepig has all those years of experience (I'm passing my thirtieth year in those areas myself), than he must surely know that a first post on a forum with a rather vitriolic screed, politically slanted, with no supporting evidence is no way to make friends or establish credibility. Don't be shocked when your pee-pee gets whacked, particularly when we have a sub-forum dedicated to political whackery (which I specifically exclude from my search, so thanks for that).

    As far as the whole raison d'être of the OP, the one minor "you must be crazy" was more wonderment than an attack, and if you couldn't see that, then why would you think we could sense your "tongue in cheek" tone? If you want to play, welcome, if you want to vent, welcome again, if you want to rant, at least make sure it's on topic.

    We're not here to deny you your right to speech--which you don't have here anyway, it's a privately-owned forum, so don't start going all martyr-ish on us just yet. At the same time, we're not terribly fond of wankers, not at least until they've got their post count up a tad. Then we put them in charge. ;)

    So, welcome, c'mon in (the water's fine), set a spell. :)

    (BTW, I searched for "imac display problem" on Google, Yahoo, and AltaVista, and Tom's Hardware is the top hit on all of them. The conspiracy is wider than you thought.)
  24. Bluepig macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2007
    Right you are again. I should not have jumped in pee-wee first, and no butts about it. You have to admit that the "if you don't support the this or that then you are crazy crap" is as tired as the clown who does to your forum what I did. I have been working 12-18 hour days building a new data center here in Salt Lake and might not have been at the top of my game, so when I saw the same old I decided to jump in with lunch in hand.

    As far as making an argument and not posting supporting facts to substantiate the direction, that usually comes when the argument is so widely known. As the rules of this board and the council of its users attempts to separate the politically dipped from the focused target then I will abstain from mixing the two. Seldom do I post on matters people consider political, as most want you provide the research study and are not willing to meet out the facts themselves. That or those in question are too myopic to have any desire of the same.

    My next question would be about the confused or wonderment position about someone choosing not to use Google. Does the fact that Google tracks everyone's browsing history to their IP cause the most minimal concern in people? Assuming I am researching a Master's Thesis on conspiracies (feeding from your suggestion) perpetrated by Uncle Sam, should I not be entitled to remain free from persecution or the potential threat that my attempts at discovery were to be given out? With this being a hypothetical I hope the supposition that using Uncle Sam's name will not tip this post to the political.
    The core of my point continues the question of sanity relative to choice, which I believe is the salient point of this thread?

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