Facebook for bookworms

Goodreads is a “social cataloging” website that allows individuals to search its massive database of books and read reviews. Use the bang !goodreads to friend and follow smart people like you. Here’s how it works:

Syntax: !goodreads keywords (keywords can be a name, title, anything)

Example: !goodreads Jason Comely


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Take a crash course with !coursera

Coursera is a learning platform with over 2,000 courses to choose from. Everything is accessible for free, but for a small fee you can get your work graded and earn a digital certificate. One of the best websites on the internet imho.

Syntax: !coursera keywords (search for a course or university)

Example: !coursera animal behaviour


Search engine for sales tax

Is It Taxed? tells you instantly if there is !tax on thousands of items sold in Canada. Discover money saving strategies and make your dollar go farther.

 

As a duck readeth

If you’re looking for a book, you’ll probably find it at BookZZ. With almost 3 million titles, they boast it’s the world’s largest ebook library. Just use !bzz and the book title.

Syntax: !bzz keywords

Usage: !bzz As a Man Thinketh (author name works well too)


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By the numbers

Use the bang !gossip and any number from 1 to 9999 and Number Gossip will tell you everything you wanted to know about it, and then some. Possibly handy. Definitely nerdy.

Syntax: !gossip n (stick with whole numbers)

Example: !gossip 153


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.

 

A tough act to follow

Follow That Page is a hidden gem of the internet. It’s a free service that monitors web pages and notifies you by email whenever a change happens. Great for finding a new job and snagging good seats to concerts.

Syntax: !follow webpage_url

Example: !follow http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions 


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Keep it reel with !keepvid

Download YouTube, Vimeo and Vine videos almost instantly with the !keepvid command. It’s free too!

Syntax: !keepvid url of video

Example: !keepvid https://youtu.be/mUflS7rXYrQ

Protip: You may need a userscript manager like Tampermonkey (for Chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox) to capture certain media files.


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Convert units easily with DDG + Wolfram|Alpha

Next time you need to convert units, try the Wolfram|Alpha !wa convert combo. Works for currencies, distances, volumes, temperatures and God knows what else. It’ll make you a believer!

Syntax: !wa convert X units to Y units

Example Fahrenheit to Celsius: !wa convert 86 f to c (degrees symbol for °C and °F not required)

Example of currency conversion: !wa convert 25.99 usd to eur (be sure to use the 3 letter currency codes)


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.

 

Recipe for a delicious “productivity salad”

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that breaks down work into 25 minute intervals called pomodoros (pomodoro is Italian for tomato). After 25 minutes of focused work, take a five minute break and repeat.

To start a pomodoro, just add eggs: !eggtimer to be eggxact!

Syntax: eggtimer! time

Example: !eggtimer 25min

Protip: Exclamation marks can go on the front or back of the command. This applies to all bangs.


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The biggest bang of the summer… don’t miss it!

Feel like kicking back and watching a movie? Bypass the hassle of logging in to Netflix and doing a search. Just use !nf and the title of the film.

Oh, and make sure you got your popcorn ready – movie is going to start!

Syntax: !nf movie title

Example: !nf DuckTales


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For fast relief of burning ears

Find out if people are talking about you online with the !smention bang. It does a real-time social media search of your name (or whatever topic you wish) on Social Mention.

Syntax: !smention keyword(s) (use quotations if the topic is two or more words).

Example: !smention “cheeky duck


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Know what time it is with !localtime

All too often I’m caught unawares of the time and date, but no more with the Duck Duck Go !localtime bang. The website timeanddate.com can do pretty much any type of time or weather conversion I need.

Syntax: !localtime city (leave out the State or Province, as that will only confuse it).

Example: !localtime toronto


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