Independent developer Elizabeth Harshaw has released SearchGoogle.service, a Mac OS X-based utility that will run a search in Google from within almost any text application.

It's a "background service": once text is selected users simply press shift-Apple-G to launch a Google search.

The solution is context-aware, so phrases can be searched for. Users that like and use the utility are encouraged to donate a few dollars, or to send an e-postcard.

It's available for download now.

The Google search engine was named after Googol, a mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeros. Launched in 1998, 150 million searches are now conducted using Google every day.