Mastering the Art of Googling: A Programmer's Secret Weapon

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Updated Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 12:00 AM CDT

Navigating the vast sea of information on the internet is no easy feat, and for programmers, the ability to effectively use search engines like Google is not just a convenience—it's a crucial skill. The common misconception that anyone can "Google" is quickly dispelled when the nuances of search queries and the discernment of credible sources come into play. In the world of programming, where precision and accuracy are paramount, mastering the art of Googling is akin to possessing a secret weapon.

The skill of Googling extends beyond typing a few keywords and clicking on the first link that pops up. It involves understanding how to formulate the right questions, recognizing the difference between genuine results and sponsored ads, and sifting through pages of data to find the most relevant and reliable information. It's a skill that is often undervalued and misunderstood, not only by those outside the tech industry but sometimes even by HR professionals during interviews.

A programmer's humor often highlights this overlooked expertise, with jokes about the vampire-like avoidance of crossing running water, which in tech terms translates to the avoidance of losing one’s train of thought amidst a flood of irrelevant search results. The ability to ask the right questions is celebrated, and in the context of programming, it's a skill that can lead to breakthroughs and innovation.

The conversation around the value of effective searching also touches on other aspects of the tech world. For example, the debate over whether to close the lid on a laptop server highlights the importance of understanding hardware limitations and configurations. An old ThinkPad transformed into a home server can serve as a testament to a programmer's resourcefulness, showcasing how with the right knowledge, even older technology can be repurposed effectively.

Discussions among programmers also reveal the shared experiences of sitting through seemingly endless meetings, the desire for a raise due to unrecognized expertise, and the frustration of cleaning up preventable messes. These candid exchanges shed light on the day-to-day challenges faced by those in the tech industry, emphasizing the importance of communication and collaboration.

As the conversation comes full circle, it's clear that the ability to navigate the digital landscape with finesse is a valued trait among programmers. Whether it's the patience to endure numerous iterations of a problem or the wisdom to know when to ask for a raise, the shared experiences of programmers reflect a community that is constantly evolving and adapting.

In conclusion, the intricacies of Googling, the nuances of tech setups, and the importance of clear communication are just a few threads in the rich tapestry of programming culture. These skills and experiences, though often shared with a touch of humor, are the building blocks of a successful career in technology. As the digital world continues to expand, the ability to wield the power of search engines with expertise is not just a niche skill—it's a fundamental part of a programmer's toolkit.

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#8 If you think effective googling is not an actual skill, you’re probably not very good at googling…


#8 Sadly, a lot of people that think they have the skill of "googling" are actually fully incapable of differentiating the ads from the real search results...


Last image: THIS!!


#1 That's just a vampire crossing running water..


#8 - I would too. Knowing what question to ask is an under-appreciated skill.


#4 I need to ask for a raise


#7 Typically the reason for not closing the lid on a laptop server is that doing may cause it to overheat (a lot of laptop designs vent hot air around the hinge), rather than it shutting down when you close it (you can disable that behaviour). I ran a laptop home server for a while (on an old ThinkPad) and it worked surprisingly well. Built-in UPS (though I limited charging window to reduce battery wear), good power efficiency, and decent value for money. Limited expansion and no ECC though.


#2 O.o It isn't just 6 minutes. It's 6 minutes times many iterations.


#8 I have to be honest here, from some interviews I have had over the years, having experience with any google API's has sometimes been misinterpreted by HR interviewers as this


#4 Lord knows that I've sat through many useless meetings but I've also dealt with the fallout of not everybody "being on the same page" which was way more expensive especially considering everyone involved was salaried and got paid the same whether it was in a meeting or not. Also, a lot more expensive to hire a new person when the old person quits because they are tired of cleaning up messes that could have been prevented.

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