Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

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[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Complete List of Google Search Engine Tips & Tricks): Google has a site up called Inside Search that not only provides information on how search works, search stories by people like you and me, and a search playground; but, also provides a complete list of Google search engine tricks. I often refer to Google as my second brain (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Best FREE Computer Optimization and Cleaning Utility):  CCleaner has been around for ages and has developed into a premiere computer optimization and cleaning utility. If you are not using CCleaner, then you do not know what you are missing (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Imagine if, one day, you log into Facebook and your account is gone.): Facebook has become a very powerful entity that has made your identity its’ central mission (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (An Intel Solid State Drive ): Intel is now making its’ mark in SSD’s (SEE BELOW)…

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Google Inside Search

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Web history

Start simple

Ignore spelling

Use web friendly words

Less is more

Search with an exact phrase

Use descriptive words

Don’t worry about cases

Search within a specific site

Don’t worry about punctuation

Search by file type

Include or ignore words and characters in your search

Find related pages

Find recipes

Search numbers in a range

Get number conversions

Get the time

Get currency conversions

Search the web in all languages

Check the weather

Get realtime stock quotes

Check sport scores and schedules

Search with Goggles

Track your packages

Get definitions

Search by advanced image search

Calculate anything

Locate earthquake activity

Search by location

Search locations by zip and area codes

Shop and compare

Get local sunrise/sunset times

Discover local business

Get movie times

Read public domain books

Hone in on a particular range

Check flight schedules

Research health conditions

Check flight times

Get world news

Search for an address

Similar terms

Search by voice

Examine public data

Get interactive financial info

Find medication information

Instant on mobile

Use instant preview on mobile

Search by location

Get interactive weather


Optimization and Cleaning

CCleaner

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CCleaner removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!… GET IT HERE


What if Facebook stole your identity?

@ ZDNet

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Intel 530 180GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive

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As a high-performance hard drive alternative, Intel Solid-State Drives boost your PC to the next level in storage performance and reliability. Improved PC responsiveness… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Bing vs. Google – Bing It On

Back in May of 2009 I posted an article titled, “bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine”. My intent of the article was to let people know that Microsoft had created their own version of a search engine that would be a main competitor to Google and Yahoo. I was actually impressed with Bing (back then) and I still am today; HOWEVER, following that article I received over 100 comments asking me (as if I was the creator of Bing) to remove Bing from their computers. Apparently Microsoft, as part of their marketing strategy of Bing (in a viral type of way), was making Bing show up on people’s computers in various ways and then making it difficult for people to then remove Bing from their computers. To me, not a very good way for people to develop a warm and fuzzy feeling for something.

I think Microsoft learned from that strategy and has been trying to get people to use Bing by sensationalizing it through various media sources (such as through TV commercials).  Today I happened across another attempt by Microsoft to bring Bing home and to draw attention to the power (and beauty) of the Bing Search engine.

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Go to, BING IT ON, where you can do a side-by-side search analysis of the Bing Search Engine and the Google Search Engine. The site is sort of competitive in nature and gives you the opportunity to perform searches, then rate the outcome, as to which performed better. If anything, this is a nice source to perform a more extensive search using two very powerful search engines.

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The Cooling Car Seat Pad – A heat absorbing auto seat pad

Remove The United States Courts Virus (Uninstall Guide)


One Of The Highest-Quality Mid-Wattage Power Supplies

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With 80 Plus Gold certification, a fully modular cable set, and low noise levels, the AX750 has no rivals at its wattage.

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CloudOn brings Microsoft Office® to your Tablet Computer and Phone for FREE

Appears in today’s world of computing we are definitely moving away from the desktop form of computing to the more mobile form of computing, such as tablets and smartphones. In the end, no matter which direction we go, we still need to use the computer, whether it be in the form of desktop or tablet, to get our work done.

Working on a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint  file on a tablet vs. a desktop can be a real challenge. As we continue to move toward the tablet form of computing I am seeing more and more applications that are trying to emulate the desktop experience of using Word, Excel or Powerpoint on the tablet. As a matter of fact, I have many of these types of apps installed on my tablet and really in the end I am not using them to edit or create documents; instead, I use them more or less as a document viewers.

This past week I happened across another Android and iPad app, called CloudOn that really looks promising and is very close to emulating the desktop when it comes to creating, reviewing and editing your Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Not only that, CloudOn can connect directly to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive Accounts; AND, the real topper is that CloudOn’s file viewer can view virtually any type of file (including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.).

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So far, what I am experiencing, is a pretty darn good app that seems to have the right fine tuning in place for working with my Microsoft Office files; PLUS, CloudOn with its’ powerful viewing capabilities will replace many of the separate apps I have installed for those purposes.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:

• Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.
• Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
• View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
• Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
• Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
• Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
• Track changes while reviewing Word documents.
• Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks.
• Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full presentation mode.
• Open files directly from your device email accounts as well as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
• Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes.

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Different uses for Internet Telephony

Robotic Warfare

A Search Engine that shows devices on the web

Portable Fold-Up Stand for Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Playbook, Xoom, Toshiba, Acer, Nook and Other Tablets

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Enhance Your Online Search Experience with Yahoo Axis

Yahoo, in an effort to to get us out of the archaic method for which we perform searches and to improve its’ position in the world of search engines, recently developed and released a very cool iOS app and browser plugin called Yahoo! Axis.

Yahoo! Axis, at this point, is available as a browser plugin (for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari) and as an iPad/iPhone app (with an app for Android on the radar).

As with any search engine, you start out with a search box. In my case, after installing the plugin for Google Chrome, the search box is located at the bottom left corner of the browser window.

What is cool about Yahoo! Axis is that, as you type in what you are looking for, a filmstrip-like view across the bottom of the browser window instantly appears revealing your search results as thumbnails. Using the wheel on your mouse, you can easily scroll through the thumbnail results and click on the page you desire to visit.  The thumbnails are very easy to see.

For example, I typed into the Yahoo! Axis search engine box, weather and my zip code.  I was instantly provided visual thumbnails of the weather and many other weather related options.

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In addition, you can save pages as favorites to read later. If you have a Yahoo account, you can sync your search results and favorites across all of your devices. For example, if you started a search on your iPad, the next time you open Yahoo! Axis on your computer desktop, you’ll see a “Continue from iPad” choice; plus, the favorites you have archived are also available.

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Yahoo! Axis offers a faster, smarter search with instant answers and visual search previews.

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Search and Browse at the Same Time with Search Lion

The one element of the internet that has not really changed much over the past decade is the method which we interact with search engines. You input what you want to search for and the results is provided as a list of links where you are required to navigate back and forth from the generated list. By the time you open numerous browser tabs and navigate back and forth to the search results, it is easy to find yourself getting lost.

I came across a new method of searching, called SearchLion, that uses current browser technology and serves as the frontend interface to the Google and Yahoo search engines.

SearchLion

SearchLion is different than anything I have experienced when it comes to performing a search. You enter what you are searching, as you normally would; however, when the list of results are provided you will notice that the listing is to the left side of your screen. Adjacent to each link in the listing you will see a small “open” button which will allow you to open the link on the right side of the screen in a fully navigable and resizable browser window.  You can do this with each and every link of interest without ever leaving the search result screen.  During my testing of SearchLion I found it to be very fast; and just the ability to open a link in an adjacent window is definitely a productivity boost right there.

That feature is only one aspect of SearchLion. It get’s better! To really appreciate SearchLion you have really have to stroke its’ mane and take it for a ride. SearchLion is currently in beta and developers seem to be really open to any suggestion you (the enduser) may have to offer.

Other features to explore in Search Lion are:

1.  Search Browsing
2.  MultiView
3.  Saved Searches
4.  User Features

Instead of me boring you with my explanation of these awesome features, you can get a detailed explanation of these features, along with videos, [HERE] .  Also, to follow along with the development of SearchLion, I encourage you to bookmark their blog [HERE].

In the end, I know I will keep going back to SearchLion to take advantage of the ingenious method of searching and to see what is new in terms of its’ development.

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I Did Not Have A Hand In This bing Thing!

When you write a blog post or article you hope to get feedback, through the comments section, from your readers. I always make it a practice to respond back, even if it is just to say thank you; however, with anything there are exceptions.

There was one article, back in May of 2009, titled bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine that went viral with the comments to the point that I stopped responding and I’ll tell you why.

Bing Wallpaper

Following that post, I must have hit pretty high in the Google search page ranking (or bing page ranking) for the article. As a result people must have thought that I had a hand in this bing thing or that I actually developed bing. Following that article I immediately, and still do to this day, received really nasty comments telling me how bing took over their computers and they want me, yes me, to remove it.  Now, there has been a few people who have come to my defense and have pointed out that poor Rick has no play in this. I will usually give them a pat on the back with a response of some type.

I really think Microsoft, who owns and operates bing, should at least compensate me with a prize or something for promoting bing and for ultimately absorbing some of their pains as a result of the promotion.

In the end, I have truly enjoyed the comments and actually look forward to reading them as they continue to trickle in. As a matter of fact to keep it going, I encourage you to visit bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine and add your comments to what I am now calling the “bing hall of shame”.  Also, as a reward to those you came to my defense, the image reflected above is actually a bing wallpaper for your computer that you can wear proud…

“If I did have a hand in this bing thing,
a poor blogger I would not sing”.

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Googles NEW Instant Search Feature

This may not be turned “ON” yet in your region, but Google has introduced a new feature, called instant, where real time instant search results are provided.

Google Instant

Go to Google.com and start typing in the box something you desire to search for. As you type, what you are searching for, a drop down box will appear (as usual), but the search results will instantly start appearing. This new feature eliminates having to hit the “Enter” key on the keyboard after you type in your entry. Now, if you are not in favor of this new feature, you can turn it off by clicking on “instant is on” and selecting “off”.

Google Instant

You can read more about Google Instant [ HERE ] .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#72)

Welcome everyone to this round of Geek Squeaks’. If you do not know what Geek Squeaks’ are, then you do not know what you are missing. Each week, What’s On My PC selects recent articles from the blogs (and web sites) that are currently on the What’s On My PC blogroll. This is my way of saying “Thank You” to a great bunch of bloggers that I am associated with.

Geek Squeaks'

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Site Update #21

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Adds Try Before You Buy App Section

thePC Security
SherWeb SharePoint Server Review – Value for Money

Right On Technology
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Torch Announced,
BlackBerry 6 OS Packed in

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Luxand Blink – Free Facial Recognition Login Application
Now In 64 Bit Version

Plato On-Line
Craiglist Accused Again: Online Sex Trafficking

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove Wireshark Antivirus

Carol’s Vault
WolframAlpha – the best answers engine

AKS-Feel The Change
Airytec Switch Off-Shutdown or
Restart Your PC remotely from any Computer and Mobile Phone

RGdot
neoSearch: A New Way To Search A PC

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Mini 5103 netbook unveiled

Paul’s Home Computing
Blog ATM Skimmer Crime: Moving From Bank ATMs To Gas Pumps

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Freeview HD PVR. The race is on!

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Increase Your Laptop’s Battery Life with
TuneUp Utilities 2010’s Turbo Mode

Lifehacker
Radbox Saves Videos for Watching Later

Rarst.net
WriteMonkey – portable darkroom text editor

Tech-for Everyone
How To Clear Your Cache 2

AskBillFirst
The curse of popularity: Hackers love Apple’s iPad, iPhone, too

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites August 10

Mister Reiner
Do you actually understand computer security
or just the analogies?

GadgetsHolic
iMeshi Food Cases For iPhone 4

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Web-Accessibility for People with Disabilities (via iCons in Medicine)

Online Storage Reviews
44 Blogs Discussing the Best Online Storage Services

Laptop Reviews
Toshiba M645

I Love Free Software
How to Schedule Shutdown, Hibernate, Restart, and Standby on PC

Netbook Freeware
CheckDrive: Best Free App To Scan and
Fix Netbook Hard Drive Errors

Worthy Tips
Fix Windows 7 User Account Security Issues with Accounts Tuner

404 Tech Support
Google and Verizon Push Policy For Open Internet

I Want Ice Water
Strange and Beautiful Roads

Technolar
Block all Facebook Applications at a time

TTC Shelbyville
Tennessee Ranked Number 22 in Internet Speed

Snakebytez
Find Out Whether your Mobile phone is Original or Not

My Technology Guide
Install Google Chrome For All Users Using Google Chrome Standalone Enterprise Edition

Awesome Wallpapers
Misc. Wallpaper Set 22

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A Grab Bag Selection of GREAT Online Computer Games

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Bing Entertainment – FREE Online Games

Bing, Microsoft’s Search Engine, now offers several entertainment components to their search engine experience. One such experience under their entertainment category is access to some really great online games – [ CLICK HERE ]

They’re all part of a stellar line up of new casual games that can be found on Bing – available right in the Bing entertainment browser! Earlier this summer Yusuf mentioned casual games were part of our new entertainment experience on Bing and these new games are just one more way we are continuing to expand and deepen your online gaming experience.

Bing Games

The “good” here with this is that the goal is to provide a malware free experience in a category (such as online gaming) that has a reputation of dropping malware on people’s PC’s.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#61)

If you are someone who is scratching your head when it comes to information technology and computers, then you need to bookmark the sites listed below. These sites are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community and are excellent computer learning resources. These bloggers work very hard to bring up-to-date and accurate content to the tech community.

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Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Firefox Add-on NoScript

Plato Press
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook
reviewed at last after long overdue release

TTC Shelbyville
Reclaim Your Privacy on FaceBook

404 Tech Support
Make Your Firefox Search Engine use Google’s
SSL (https) Search for Security Reasons

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft Fix it Center – Fix PC Problems

Netbook Freeware
Quick Config: Easily Change Netbook Settings Instantly

Worthy Tips
Gmail under phishing attack – Alert: Finalization

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Who will win the Freeview HD PVR race?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Who are you going to call? Mythbusters!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Reveals Google TV

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 25

AskBillFirst
Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed
| Media Maverick – CNET News

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4

Sugarloaf Tech
Does your Mac have an excessively loud fan noise?

Rarst.net
How to categorize RSS feeds for best experience

Lifehacker
Fix the Web’s Biggest Annoyances with Google Chrome

Crazy World of G
Go Away

thePC Security
iPhone 4G Scam on Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Antispyware Center

Evilfantasy’s Blog
ReclaimPrivacy.org – Facebook Privacy Scanner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
License Giveaway –
SYNCING.NET Business Edition, 12 Free Licenses

Right On Technology
Google Facial Recognition Technology Too Nosy?

What’s On My PC
An Easy Way To Remote Into Another PC

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Make a Custom Themed Google Home Page

I am sure all of you have used the Google search engine. As a matter of fact, when I setup a PC, It is not uncommon for me to set the browser homepage to Google. This makes for an excellent and an easy launching point for the user.  The only problem with doing this is that the Google search engine page is not the most attractive page out there.

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A solution to making the Google search engine page an attractive interface is to use Favoorit.  With Favoorit you can:

– Find or create your theme
– Add your favorite Websites
– Set it as your homepage
– Enjoy your cutom homepage
– Share it with your friends
– Move the Google search box with your mouse

Here’s how it works:

Visit the Favoorit website.

Select (click on) a background image (or theme). You can even use your own images.

Once the theme loads in your browser,  click on “set as homepage”.

You can change the theme as many times as you want by visiting Favoorit and following the steps outlined above. At the top left corner of the Favoorit page you can also add some of your favorites (most used) sites.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Each week, What’s On My PC, features recent (within the past 7 days) links to articles that are authored by the blog owners who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are someone who has that special obsession for computers and information technology, I highly encourage you to bookmark these blogs and make Geek Squeaks’ part of your weekly routine.

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Tech-for Everyone
How To Get Free Tax-prep Programs & e-Filing

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 30

AskBillFirst
LifeLock Settles FTC Charges For $12 Million

Rarst.net
Are we going to shed most of software?

Lifehacker
Don’t Forget to Sign That Tax Return and 9 Other Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Carol’s Vault
ZeuAPP: 82 free and open source applications with one click

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Control Components

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free LiberKey – Installs 180+ Portable Applications

Right On Technology
Apple iPhone HD on AT&T and Verizon this summer?

Snakebytez
Disable Startup – Free Startup Manager and Monitoring Software

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Websites Reloaded

TTC Shelbyville
Cable Messes and Awesome Data Centers

I Love Free Software
ContactOffice – Free Virtual Office To Manage Your Business

Worthy Tips
Some Best Free Video Editing Software

Canadian Tech News
Have you heard of Duck Duck Go (search engine)?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, stats and nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Can a “Secret” CPU Setting Really Improve Boot-up Time?

Plato Press
10 Things You Should Know About Digicam Memory Cards

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Search Your Computer Blazingly Fast with UltraSearch

I have found that locating specific files and folders on the computer can be a daunting task; especially if you rely on the Windows based search function which is driven by an index.  Windows typically uses the index as a repository (or database listing) of your files and folders.  Indexing is a beautiful (and fast) process providing that the file (or folder) you are looking for is listed in the index.  If your file and folder is not in the index then the search process is noticeably slower and in my opinion can be a frustrating experience.

Personally, I use the Windows search process only when I have to; otherwise I resort to a third party software option such as UltraSearch.  The “cool factor” with UltraSearch is that it does not rely on indexing; instead it relies on the Master File Table (MFT) to spit out its’ results. In my testing this app was very easy to use and was incredibly fast for being a non-indexing search application.  Another plus is that there is a portable version available, as well as a full install version, that you can use straight from your flash drive.  The only condition to using this app on your PC is that your drives must be formatted using the NTFS file system (which is a Windows standard these days).  There are other file (and folder) search apps out there, but this one ranks up there with being blazingly fast. The current version of UltraSearch is in beta and can be downloaded from [ HERE ] .

UltraSearch Screenshot

UltraSearch searches files on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does not use a previously built index or background process, it achieves its speed by working directly on the Master File Table (MFT) of the NTFS partitions. You can enter a file name or a pattern like *.exe and often will see the results already while typing. Additional information like size and last change date will be shown for the listed files. Moreover, the Explorer context menu is available inside UltraSearch.

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Share News Articles with Google Fast Flip

Google Labs has a new addition called Google Fast Flip…

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Google Fast Flip displays captured images of news article pages from partner sites in such a way (similar to thumbnails) that you can literally flip through the various pages. You click on the story you want to read and you are taken directly to the source. I correlate Google Fast Flip with the speed dial that some of us use in our browsers such as Opera and Firefox.

Google Fast Flip is a web application that lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to “flip” through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches.

The stories are grouped by categories, such as Entertainment, Business, Opinion, Politics and Most Viewed. Readers can flip through stories quickly by simply pressing the left- and right-arrow keys until they find one that catches their interest. Clicking on the story takes them directly to the publisher’s website.

You can click [ Here ] to see the sources currently used for Google Fast Flip.

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Side-by-Side Search Engine Results With Panabee

I want to share with you today an unique search engine, called “Panabee”, that is a specifically designed search portal for bloggers, journalists, shoppers, marketers, and other users who often search and compare multiple web sites.  Panabee is currently in beta, is FREE to use, and requires no installation.

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A unique aspect of  Panabee is that users can search favorite sites without repeating queries or opening new windows.  When querying Panabee to get a search result, Panabee provides the results in a “side-by-side” view that can be compared within the same window.

To give you an example.  I performed a search with Panabee for a Stylus 1010 camera.  By default, Panabee went to work and provided the search results from Google and from Bing – “side-by-side”  – within the same window (and browser tab).  If you have a large monitor; using Panabee will enhance your search experience dramatically.

Click on the screenshot below to get a “real-time”
example of how Panabee works.

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The “cool factor” to Panabee is that you are not limited to just a few search engines AND at any time you can toggle between the side-by-side view to full window view at the click of a button.

To change to a different type of search engine and to view a category listing of available search engines, simply click on the “Sites” button at the top of the Panabee search panel (see below).

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To toggle from side-by-side view to full window size, click on the “Display” button at the top of the Panabee search panel. (see below).

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So far here are some of the reasons I like Panabee and why I think this little panda bear with wings will be a winner:

  • Panabee is a faster way to search and compare sites
  • See results from Google, Bing, Twitter, Amazon, Wikipedia, and others with one click
  • View sites side-by-side
  • You can add Panabee to your browser’s search engine listing and make it your default search engine

Developer’s Description:

With Panabee, users can search favorite sites without repeating queries or opening new windows. The side-by-side view offers faster searches because results from the underlying sites (e.g., eBay, Amazon, Google, Bing, Twitter) can be compared within the same window.

This link compares Amazon and eBay: http://bit.ly/3Dbkn9

This link compares Bing and Google Caffeine: http://bit.ly/55S73

Assume you’re shopping for a digital camera, and you want to compare Amazon and eBay. With Panabee, you can see their search results side-by-side. If the original results aren’t helpful, you can search Google and other sites with a single click.  The same idea applies to other areas where you tend to search multiple sites (e.g., coupons, recipes, videos, images).

Panabee offers more reliable searches because you’re viewing the underlying sites in real-time whereas traditional comparison sites often suffer from outdated results or slow indexing.

Panabee excels at general searches since you can see results from Bing, Yahoo!, Google, Ask, Wolfram, and other search engines side-by-side.

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Search the Internet better with fefoo…

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.

www.fefoo.com

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How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.

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The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.

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Geek Squeaks of the Week (#19)

The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community continues to produce tech articles that are comparable, in content, to commercial blog publications. It is an honor to be associated with such a great bunch of authors that produce and deliver information with the objective in mind of helping other people.  Reflected is a sampling of posts, created by these authors, from  the past week.

geeksqueak

TTC Shelbyville
U.K., not North Korea,
source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The Abbey Rose
Remove the Search Box

Technize
Software Wars – Microsoft’s Battle Ground

AKS-Feel The Change
Fusion of Google, Bing and Yahoo

Tech-for Everyone
A Great Resource For The Traveler

AllThatsNew
Tumblr Launches Community Submissions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spam and Botnets – Who’s Responsible?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiVirusPro

The Spyware Biz Blog
How secure is your password nowadays?

Carol’s Vault
Surf safer, faster and smarter with OpenDNS and WOT

Snakebytez
Free Network Drive Mapper

Crazy World of G
The Yellow Gun Project

Rarst.net
Easily cut and trim MP3 files with mp3DirectCut

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Use Revo Uninstaller
to terminate unresponsive processes

Plato on-line
What Not to put on Plastic

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Piyada’s World
Automatic transfer images from Camera
to Computer with WIA-Loader

Lifehacker
Microsoft Office 2010 in Videos

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bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

Keep your eye out for “bing”. Bing is Microsoft’s NEW search engine that will replace Microsoft’s Live Search. Reportedly this strategy will help bring Microsoft in line with their main competitors (Yahoo and Google). Reports from Microsoft indicate that bing will be able to dig deeper and provide more relevant search results; PLUS, your search results will be presented dynamically in search categories, which is a different approach than what we are accustomed to. According to Microsoft, bing will be going live on June 3rd and will be phased in over the course of several days.  The official bing website is, bing.com.

To find out more about bing, and to watch a video demo of bing in action, click the “Find Out More” button below.

Bing & decide. Coming soon. Find out more...

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