Fast Finder is a must-have app on your Android Smartphone. It is my go-to app when I want fast results when searching for a file, an app or a contact; PLUS, you can also search the web through this app.
Source: Google Play – Fast Finder
Fast Finder is a must-have app on your Android Smartphone. It is my go-to app when I want fast results when searching for a file, an app or a contact; PLUS, you can also search the web through this app.
Source: Google Play – Fast Finder
I want to share a small Android App with you, that I came across, called Fast Finder. Once installed on your Android Device (smartphone or tablet) you simply invoke a search by tapping on the Fast Finder icon. A search dialog box will quickly appear where you can type in whatever it is you are looking for (i.e. files, apps, contacts, songs and videos). I am finding, as I use it more and more, that it is extremely useful in finding (and launching) apps and when searching for contacts. Super, Super fast! Definitely a keeper on my phone…
SOURCE: Google Play – Fast Finder
On your mobile phone you should soon start seeing when performing a Google search (google.com), shortcuts peppered on the home screen for quick access to in-depth experiences associated with sports, eat & drink, entertainment and weather.
Google Search is taking the next step forward: providing in-depth, tappable search experiences within the Google app, keeping you in the know about the things that matter to you.
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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.
The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).
Learn a byte at a time, at What’s On My PC, with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!
[HOW TO] How to Delete Your Google+ Account – If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google’s tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps to removing the social network functions from your Google account. The process is quick and simple… @lifehacker
[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMARTPHONE] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Easily manage all of your files from your smartphone or tablet. Search, copy, delete, playback and sort your files with ease. The File Manager application is free to download from Google Play… @AMAZON
[TECH NEWS] Amazon Unveils New 3-D ‘Fire’ Smartphone – The long-rumored Amazon smartphone was officially unveiled Wednesday and, yes, it has a 3-D screen. Well, technically Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called it “dynamic perspective,” but it gives the new Fire Phone the illusion of depth with no glasses required thanks to four face-tracking cameras built into the front of the phone… @NBCNews
[LABEL PRINTER] Share Brother’s Wireless Label Printer Among Multiple PCs – Brother has introduced the PT-P750W, its first PC-connectable P-touch label maker that can be used with most computers and mobile devices to create labels over a wireless network. This makes the PT-P750W an ideal group label printer for small offices and business environments… @PCMag
[FREE SOFTWARE] Locate files and folders by name instantly – Everything Search Engine (Small installation file, Clean and simple user interface, Quick file indexing, Quick searching, Minimal resource usage, Share files with others easily AND Real-time updating)… @voidtools
[HOW TO] Proper Ways to Dispose of An Old Computer – When the time comes to dispose of an old computer, you need to take the proper steps to ensure it is discarded properly. The two main concerns when getting rid of an old computer include the fact that they contain heavy metals like many electronics, and the fact that they contain a variety of important and personal information that you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands where it could make you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. Here are some helpful tips for disposing of the old computer safely… @Computer How To Guide
[ANDROID APPS] 5 Flute Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 flute apps for Android which you can use to play the flute on your Android devices. By simulating music instruments on Android you can’t expect to have the same music experience like you do with real instruments. Despite that, instrument simulators are a great way how to have fun on your smartphone or tablet… @I Love Free Software
[WALLPAPER] Rain Wet Blue… @URHDWALLPAPERS
Today’s post is a short post, but a good one. A London based web developer and consultant has taken the Google Street View technology to another level.
Simply visit Instant Google Street View, start typing an address, place name or location and be instantly taken there via the Google Street View technology. If no Street view exists, a map will be shown instead.
When performing a search, the search box border will change color to indicate the status of the search:
There are also toggle controls available that allow you to perform the following functions:
Very ingenious and very addictive…
Have you ever noticed that when you use a computer, a software application or just about any tech related device, you only scratch of the surface on how to use these technologies?
What I have found, from experience working as a former IT professional and helping others, is that people want to only know the basics and really not a whole lot more. A lot of this, especially in the generation I come from, is the fear that you will break it, or mess it up…
Being the geeky person that I am, I love to flex the muscles of the software, the devices, the computers, etc… to see what hidden features I can find. I especially love doing this with software, which is my true passion when it comes to computers and technology. I am not an expert of any one thing, but what I have found is that if you can think it, the software or device most likely can do it. In other words someone has already thought it out for you. You just have to flex its’ muscles to find it (which can be a fun learning experience).
Today, was no exception for me… I was exploring the features and flexing the muscles of my Google Gmail account. What motivated me on this was that I needed to search for a specific email, containing specific text, out of literally thousands of emails that have been collected over a period of years. What I discovered was very powerful search options in Gmail that is hidden from plain view.
When you open up Gmail and go to your inbox you will see a search box at the top of the window. At first glance, this search box appears to be a very basic search box that provides the ability to search your email; however, if you notice to the right side of the search box, you will find an arrow that is pointing down (see screenshot below). This small arrow is actually very difficult to see.
If you left mouse click on the arrow, a drop down box with an array of search options are revealed that will allow you to perform more refined searches. In my case I was looking for an email that contained the text “security officer”. I was amazed at how efficient and how fast the search operation performed. Every email that I had archived that contained the text “security officer” quickly populated my screen. You can also search specific areas of Gmail (such as the inbox, drafts, sent mail, spam, etc…) by clicking on the “All Mail” button (see below).
Now, this get’s even better… Using the above screenshot, you will notice at the very bottom right corner another option, labelled “Create filter with this search” that will allow you to flex Gmail’s muscles even further.
If you click on “Create filter with this search”, another window will appear that will reveal some very powerful filtering options that could save you a tremendous amount of time and applies to any future email messages you receive.
As we continue to evolve in the world of technology, we continue to accumulate more and more information AND continue to reveal more and more about ourselves. It is important that you “have no fear” to explore and flex the muscles of these technologies to make yourself more efficient, more productive, more secure and most importantly to protect your privacy.
While making my rounds on the tech blogs, I was reading an article at Guiding Tech and in that article was a side tip informing people about using the F3 key in Google Chrome.
To expand on that tip, the F3 key is typically used to invoke a search (for text) in your web browser; whether it be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. I am pretty certain the F3 key is a standard key used in just about any browser to invoke a text search on a web page. For example, let’s say you pull up a news site and you are looking for an article (or text) related to a specific topic. Simply hit the F3 key and you will be presented with a search box to type in what you are looking for. Once you enter the text and hit “Enter” on the keyboard, every instance of the text on the web page will be highlighted. Usually there are up and down arrows to navigate through each instance of the text on the page. I found that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome do the best job in highlighting the text; whereas, Internet Explorer you can lose track of where the highlighted text is located.
Using the F3 key is especially helpful when viewing a list or very long web page and will definitely save you time. When I saw that tip on Guiding Tech, I thought I need to get that tip out there. This is one key that I definitely recommend remembering…
Freemake Music Box is in the beginning stages of development and in essence is a search utility that gives you the ability to search for music online and stream the search results to your PC. With Freemake Music Box you can organize the music you find into playlists and save those playlists for later listening using the built-in music player. According to the site, the search results are legal music only!
The makers of Freemake Music Box is indicating that they are currently working on a web based version that will allow you to sync your music to and from various computing platforms. iPad and Android versions of Freemake Music Box are purported to be in the works.
Having been a Freemake software user and supporter, I can tell you Freemake Music Box will be a winner, when all is said and done. Keep an eye on this one…
Freemake Music Box (free app to find and play music)
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 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
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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One of the most persistent myths about Windows is, disabling the Windows Search index will significantly increase PC performance and reduce hard disk activity. The Windows Search index is a particularly handy Windows 7 tool, so it shouldn’t be casually disabled. Let’s dive deeper into this myth and figure out whether it actually works or not.
First, it’s important to know how Windows Search works. After installing Windows or turning on your PC for the first time, Windows Search creates an index of specific files, folders and other items, such as Outlook emails or Start Menu entries, on your hard disk. This index is loaded into the main memory (RAM) of your PC and fuels extremely fast searches. The way this works is, instead of browsing through your entire hard disk or huge folders, Windows Search simply accesses the index and immediately produces results.
Windows Search is especially helpful for multi-taskers, who are always looking for e-mails or files. It’s important to figure out whether you’ll need the feature because the question about its impact on PC performance is complicated. The easy answer is, yes, disabling Windows Search index results in longer search times. But here’s the caveat—this is only the case for folders that are being indexed. These include the entire user folder, all Start Menu entries, offline files, Outlook contacts, appointments and installed e-mails, installed and used OneNote notes, and Internet Explorer history.
What’s kept inside the index need not be a mystery. You can see how much and what is being indexed on your system by going to the Control Panel and typing “Windows Search” into the search bar. Then, click on Indexing Options, and you’ll see an index that could be quite large (depending on how much data is there). But are you still wondering if shutting down the index is worth the performance benefit? I benchmarked this very question on my day-to-day work machine and will share what I found with you.
Putting the Windows Search Index to the Test
For the test, I used a Core 2 Duo with 3.2 GHz, 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD hard disk, as well as a lower-end machine with a Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a much slower 5,400 RPM hard disk. From here on, I’m going to refer to them as the faster notebook and the slower notebook.
The faster notebook had nearly 40,000 items indexed. However, I added all of the folders on all of my hard disks to the Windows Search index. That should give some noticeable results, as more than 300,000 files were added to this machine. The slower notebook had about 20,000 items indexed, which is closer to the amount of files (such as pictures, emails and documents) typical PC users keep on their computers. My comparisons of these two extremes should help you decide whether it’s a good idea to disable the Windows Search index.
First, I wanted to test the Windows Search index activity and added a couple of hundred files to the slower notebook and about 300,000 files to the faster one; this was to see how much these machines struggled with a growing Windows Search index. And, Windows proved itself—while users are working on their machines, the operating system reduces the indexing speed so that it does not impact PCs’ performance. It didn’t matter if I added 500 or 300,000 files; Windows never slowed down in any perceivable manner—even an average CPU consumption of 10% did not noticeably impact the performance. Here’s a quick summary of what I found:
But does Windows Search have a significant impact on boot-up and shutdown performance? In theory, it should slow these processes because the service and index need to be loaded into main memory.
To test this, I looked at the times with Windows Search enabled and disabled. Both of the machines actually booted just a bit faster with Windows Search disabled. The faster notebook’s shutdown time more noticeably improved, whereas there was no difference in the slower notebook’s shutdown time whether Windows Search was disabled or enabled.
Moving on with the tests, I similarly found that there was a very slight difference in performance (with Windows Search enabled and disabled) when running a virus scan—an activity which is very intense on the hard disk and CPU. And again, when testing the startup of Microsoft Outlook 2010; and yet again, when trying out the 3D animation performance benchmark Cinebench. Windows Search turned out to not be such a performance hog after all!
For more on the Windows Search benchmarks and specifics on each test run, visit TuneUp’s blog at http://blog.tune-up.com.
Enabling or Disabling: That Is the Question
Following the tests, I believe that Windows Search actually has an effect on performance—although the feature only slows things down a little bit, more so when it comes to lower-end machines. The myth of Windows Search being a real performance hog originated with Windows Vista due to its search performance issues, and probably just continued on with the Windows 7 operating system.
Not sure which way to go: enable or disable the Windows 7 feature? Users should always enable Windows Search if you need to find files, emails, programs and contacts, among other things, once in a while. But if you heavily rely on faster search, don’t touch it. On the other hand, Windows Search should be disabled, if you just use your machine for one purpose only, like as a gaming or as a Windows Media Center-based PC, if you never search for files, or if you just want to squeeze the very last ounce of performance out of your PC.
Have your own conclusions to share about the Windows Search myth? I invite you to email me at tibor.blog (at) tune-up.com or post a comment to the TuneUp Blog about Windows.
When starting a web site it is a real challenge to find the perfect domain name. Just when you have a brilliant idea to name your site, you are instantly disappointed that the name is already taken or is for sale by a third party. Oftentimes domain names are bought and sold, just like real estate. Early on, during the infancy of the internet, it was not uncommon for people buy up names then resell them at exorbitant prices. GoDaddy.com is the household name (most commonly used) when it comes to searching for, buying and maintaining domain names. For example, I recently purchased the domain name, bookmarks4techs.com, from GoDaddy, for another sideline site that I maintain.
If you are in the market for claiming your own domain name, you can use GoDaddy to search for names; however, there is a much better and refined way, called Tekiki, to brainstorm, search and nail down that perfect domain name.
What Tekiki does is help you brainstorm by using a concept (or general notion). For example, when I was searching for a name for my site, using GoDaddy, I basically when into a guessing mode to try and come up with an unique name. You have no idea how many times I would arrive at a name, to only find it had been taken. If I would have had Tekiki, I simply would have inputted my concept term, such as the word “Tech” into the tekiki search box. Of course tech.com is going to be shown as already being taken, but Tekiki pushes the envelope further by providing an option to search for alternative names. In the end, Tekiki will help put your mind in another dimension that will help you find that perfect domain name.
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 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.
One of the functions that I serve in my Church is that of the Multimedia Director, with the primary responsibility of preparing and building hymn and sermon slides that provide a visual experience to the congregation. The toughest part of the building process, which often consists of 50 or more slides, is locating resources for graphics, photos, and backgrounds that will coincide with a particular hymn or sermon message.
Today I hit a goldmine of a site (that will assist me with locating graphic content) that is not only visually appealing, but is (in my opinion) one of the coolest flash web sites out there. It is called Tag Galaxy…
Here’s how it works… Visit Tag Galaxy [ Here ] . Enter the type of graphic you are looking for (where it says “enter initial tag”) and click on “Go”. For example, I entered in the word “Praise”. The site will magically evolve into a galaxy of other relevant tags (or planets).
In my case I clicked on the “Praise” planet and the site again evolves into a sphere (or globe) that is composed of the photos it finds on Flickr. You can rotate the sphere (or globe) by holding down your left mouse button and using your mouse pointer. You can select individual photos on the sphere (or globe) by clicking on them with your mouse pointer or you can reload the sphere (or globe) with more photos by clicking on the arrows at the top of the page. Using your scroll wheel on your mouse you can zoom in and out on the sphere.
If you are in search for a name for your baby, then you need to check out Baby Name Map.
Baby Name Map is an aggregation of data from various regional government sources, around the world, all in one place. Currently there are over 100,000 unique names from 14 different countries. Baby Name Map was developed by a father-to-be (Guy Davis – Software Developer) who needed help on baby naming.
Baby Name Map – A Google maps mash-up with popular given-name data from all around the world. Parents can use the map to find the perfect baby name: not too popular, not too obscure, just right!
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.
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.
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).
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).
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:
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.
Google is like a household name when it comes to search engines; BUT, do you really know how to make it work? Most of us when we want to search for something we “Google It” by typing in what we are looking for in the search query box, not giving much thought that there are other options available that will enhance and make the search results more powerful and refined. The options which I am referring to are called “operators” or “commands”. We normally input words into the search query box and the search engine will search the database for any page and page title containing the words. Before I show you where to get the operators or commands, let me give some examples of the more common ones that I have learned to use. (You can click on the links below to see the results in Google).
Did you know you can search for specific phrases by simply placing the text in quotes? Here is a phrase, in quotations that I entered into the Google search query box: “I find that the harder I work”
Looking for the weather? Type: weather:21740
Looking for a page with a specific title? Type: intitle:what’s on my pc
Looking for a movie listing in your area? Type: movie:21740
Need to translate the language on a page: Just copy the URL of the page you need translated into the Google query. The URL is the “www” address that you type into the address bar. The first result should show the page and you will see [ translate ] next to the result. Click [ translate ] and the page will be translated, as closely as possible, into your native language.
Need to track your UPS or FedEx Shipment? Just type the tracking number into the Google query box.
Looking for a person or phone number? Enter any combination of the following into the Google query box:
Looking for a specific topic in Wikpedia (online free encyclopedia)? Type “wiki” and whatever you are looking for into the Google query: wiki amazing grace
Where do you learn about and find the Google commands and operators?
“Google Guide” (by Nancy Blachman)
“Google Guide Cheat Sheet (by Nancy Blachman)
No doubt in my mind that using “indexed searching” , on our computers, is the fastest method to rapidly search for files; however, with indexed searching, you can miss finding a file if it has not “yet” been indexed. I just do not trust the indexing systems that are currently on our operating systems to find files.
I currently rely on (2)-two file search tools on my computer…
The first search tool I use is called “Everything” ; that in my opinion, is the fastest and easiest scanning “indexed” search tool available for a computer that is out there. I have written about “Everything” in a previous article – “Find Your Files (superfast)”. The thing to keep in mind with using “Everything” , it will only locate files and folders on local NTFS volumes (which is pretty common on most PC’s today). Another feature that has attracted me to this search utility is that the site author (VoidTools) currently has a portable version available, that is in beta. This means I can take this search tool with me on my flash drive. For an indexing search tool, this one is fast, very fast…
The second search tool I use, is called “Snowbird”. Snowbird is a “non-idexing” search tool (and file management utility) that is focused on performance. I have used this search utility for several years and found it to be very fast and reliable. It is very small in file size and can be carried with you on a flash drive. I recently discovered that there is a new “beta” version of “Snowbird” available; which I have been testing. “Snowbird” development appeared to had grown silent, with the last version being released June 2007; however, the author appears to be back at it.
Features of Snowbird