I’ve realized that Firefox, my browser of choice, does a Google “I’m feeling lucky” search when I enter a partial URL in the address (location) entry field. Thus, if I enter simply “slaw” I get taken right to you-know-where — because this blog comes up first in a Google search for the term. It took me forever to stop the automatic typing in of “http://,” which is quite unnecessary in all modern browsers, but I seem to have shifted over to the “feeling lucky” approach pretty quickly.
Internet Explorer doesn’t do the same thing, though — at least my Mac version doesn’t. It seems to default to “www.[thewordyouentered].com”. Thus, putting “slaw” into the address bar of IE only brings up the Stuart W. Law Company, an avionics firm in Texas, because their address is www.slaw.com. Still, if you know or guess that your desired destination is a dot com site built around a word, even IE users can save themselve a bit of trouble.