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    Heather [Senorita member] hjames's Avatar
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    Its pretty frustrating - I tried to do a search for "xlr" (no quotes) - because I remember some folks mentioned a good adapter to use on the 5235 active crossover to get away from the balanced type connectors for home use.

    Well, no results on my search for xlr ...

    Have you tried letting the local Google search parse the Lansing site??

    I made a demo of what I am talking about here:

    http://www.hjames.net/forum.html

    I set it to search the whole site beginning at http://audioheritage.org/

    Type XLR into THAT box and google returns all the occurances of XLR on the site!

    Type XLR + 5235 and it returns just two threads ...

    and this turned out to be the thread I needed -
    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...ead.php?t=9773



    If you like I could send you the html code to plug into a page here ...
    Google is pretty good about sharing their databases with end users
    (After all, it IS your content!)
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    In investigating the search options a few days ago, it would appear that I inadvertently set the seach type to MySQL "Full Text Search". The default minimum word size for this search engine is 4 letters so that XLR, JBL etc. would return null results. I cannot change this word size since it must be done by a database administrator. Therefore, I have set it back to the vbulletin search type so that three letter searches are possible again. For example, a search for "XLR" returns dozens of relevant posts.
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    Great - thank you very much Don ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Don McRitchie
    In investigating the search options a few days ago, it would appear that I inadvertently set the seach type to MySQL "Full Text Search". The default minimum word size for this search engine is 4 letters so that XLR, JBL etc. would return null results. I cannot change this word size since it must be done by a database administrator. Therefore, I have set it back to the vbulletin search type so that three letter searches are possible again. For example, a search for "XLR" returns dozens of relevant posts.
    Quote Originally Posted by hjames
    Have you tried letting the local Google search parse the Lansing site??

    I made a demo search page using the Google search tool at http://www.hjames.net/forum.html

    I set it to search the whole Lansing Heritage site beginning at http://audioheritage.org/

    Type XLR into THAT box and google returns all the occurances of XLR on the site!
    Type XLR + 5235 and it returns just two threads ...

    and this turned out to be the thread I needed -
    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...ead.php?t=9773
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofagun
    "Never mind" - SNL quote.
    I assume this means there is no problem. The link below (which is what you were looking for) came up as the second link in a seach for:

    Eargle book

    http://www.audioheritage.org/vbullet...ht=eargle+book
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    Ahah... I had noticed the 4 character limit as well. Wait a few seconds and Don pops in with some information! Maybe its not the solution, but it is the answer. Ill continue with what I was going to say anyway.

    Yes, Google is pretty good about finding stuff. You just have to know how to do it. Searching a particular domain is quite useful and pretty easy. Just add the phrase 'site:xxx.xxx.xxx' to the search string.

    Google this-> JBL site:audioheritage.org

    The problem with google however is that you cant then sort by date. Yes there is a 'look in the last 3 months' option, but that option seems to be practically worthless.

    Interestingly the sort by date in a 'groups' search is pretty good. However the 'site' command does not work. Whats with that!

    I am only semi-regular on this board so I dont read all of the new posts on a regular basis (BTW, lots of great posts here). This new search rule is a slight kink for me because I was using the search engine to find topics where someone might be using our product (we make the Woofer Tester). I might then pop in with a tip or two. Anyhow, the acronym 'WT2' is now too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTPRO
    ,,, snip ,,,, Anyhow, the acronym 'WT2' is now too short.
    Quote Originally Posted by DonMcRitchie
    Therefore, I have set it back to the vbulletin search type so that three letter searches are possible again. For example, a search for "XLR" returns dozens of relevant posts.
    - Don has just changed the search engine so that 3 letter acronyms are now searchable .

    - A search for WT2 returned a few pages of results .



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    Smile Gor, that's a lot of tweaking

    So thank you Don, John, and anyone else who helped in this search enterprise.
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    I would like to add a thank you as well.
    Best regards, Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoerninger
    Yes, searching can be painful here. I have no real solution, I help myself with bookmarks or I look into "Find all posts by ...".

    Network Schematics in general you can find here
    http://www.jblproservice.com/navigat...chematics.html
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    Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s painful, it more like looking for a needle in a haystack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBL 4645
    Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s painful, it more like looking for a needle in a haystack!
    JBL 4645,

    different sides of the same coin, I suggest.
    I have not had any problems for a long time.
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    Anything new???

    Any update or improvements in the search function here???

    I just tried a search but putting search item terms or phrase in quotes (for an exact search) made no difference.

    Why no new posts here in 3-1/2 years???? Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofagun View Post
    Why no new posts here in 3-1/2 years???? Huh?
    Most likely because anyone attempting such a search is probably using the Google Advanced Search option using the "audioheritage.org" domain and having good results! Though I would prefer if, like many sites, searching this site via Google was an embedded option.

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