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From time to time, SearchDay takes quick looks at interesting search-related sites, services and tools. While you'll want to consider adding many of these to your search toolkit, others are just for fun.

Freegle
http://www.freegle.com/
A search interface into the ostensibly totally anonymous Freenet system. To make it work, you must download the Freenet client.

IBM Voice Server Demos
http://www-4.ibm.com/software/speech/enterprise/dcenter/demo_0.html
IBM offers toll-free numbers to demonstrate voice-enabled search, for quotes for more than 9,500 mutual funds, or information about any U.S. President.

Infrastructure World
http://www.infrastructure.com/
Search for information about the infrastructure sector including electric power, energy, transportation, teleco and water.

LawMoose
http://www.lawmoose.com/
LawMoose is a search engine and directory to information published on hundreds of pre-screened Minnesota law-related sites.

MapPlanet
http://www.mapplanet.com/about/
MapPlanet is a geographically organized directory that lets you search for what you're looking for using a map of the world, in addition to traditional keyword search.

MySpiders
http://myspiders.biz.uiowa.edu/
MySpiders are threads in a Java applet implementing intelligent, autonomous, adaptive software agents that will crawl the Web on your behalf.

NetPandora.com
http://netpandora.com/
El Primer Metabuscador Latinoamericano - "the first metasearch engine in Latin America," according to NetPandora. Search the entire web, or limit your search to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, or Venezuela.

PlanFinder
http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/planfinder.htm
PlanFinder is a woodworking plan search engine, with more than 4400 plans from over 30 specialty woodworking web sites.

PriceGrabber
http://www.pricegrabber.com/
PriceGrabber is a shopping search and comparison engine that includes merchant ratings, product pictures and specifications, and pricing information that uses BottomLinePrice to factor in applicable sales tax and shipping based on where you live.

SearchShots
http://www.searchshots.com/
SearchShots is a service using Open Directory Project (ODP) data and provides preview screen shots of every page returned in a result list.

Searchwho.com
http://www.searchwho.com/
SearchWho is a metacrawler search engine offering general web search as well as focused searches for business, health, news, etc.

top5jamaica.com
http://www.top5jamaica.com/
Top5jamaica.com features only web sites that are Jamaica-related or have some sort of Jamaican content.

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