Archive for the ‘search’ Category

Techie Tip of the Week: Google’s Voice Search

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Google Voice Search, a feature of the Google Search app, allows you to speak a search query instead of typing.

Similar in function to Apple’s personal assistant Siri, Google Voice Search is available on both Android and iOS devices.

 

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Techie Tip of the Week: Windows Users – Save Frequently Implemented Searches!

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A few weeks ago, we talked about how Mac users can saved frequently implemented searches using Smart Folders. This week, we’ll explore how you can perform a similar function on Windows.

To save a search for future use on a Windows machine:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer).
  2. Perform your search by entering the keywords, filename, or the other criteria you are searching in the Search box.
  3. In the Windows Explorer toolbar, click Save search.
  4. In the Filename field, enter a name for your search.
  5. Click Save.

Your saved search will now appear in your Favorites section in Windows Explorer.

To perform a saved search, click the name in the Favorites section.

Techie Tip of the Week: Mac Users – Save Searches Using Smart Folders!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Mac OS X makes it relatively simple to save a search for later reuse.

Why would you want to save a search? Suppose you find yourself wishing to quickly and easily find all of the photos you took within the last week, or the MS word docs you’ve opened within the last 2 days, or you want to easily find every file your boss has written. By saving that search you’ll save time and energy the next time you want to find similar items.

Note: on a Mac, a saved search is known as a “Smart Folder”

To set up a Smart Folder:

  1. In Finder, click File, and then click New Smart Folder.
  2. Refine the criteria for your search by clicking the + button to add a criterion or the button to delete one
  3. Check Add to Sidebar.
  4. Click Save.

The smart folder appears in the sidebar (in any Finder window, on the left side). Click it to view the files on your computer that match the criteria you had entered.

Techie Tip of the Week: Search Engines other than Google, Yahoo!, and Bing

Friday, June 29th, 2012

searchGoogle and Bing are far the biggest and most comprehensive search engines. But there are other, lesser known search engines that are also quite useful.

Today’s tip covers some of the rest of the search tools to which you might want to avail yourself.  (Note: this is by no means a comprehensive list!)

General Search Engines

  • Ask.com (http://ask.com/)
    A general search engine where users can ask questions in everyday, natural language, as well as traditional keyword searching to get the results desired
  • Delicious (http://www.delicious.com/)
    A social boomarking search engine – search web pages that other human beings have bookmarked!
  • Duck Duck Go (http://duckduckgo.com/)
    A general search engine with a simplified look and feel

Blog Search Engines – Search Blog Postings

  • IceRocket (http://www.icerocket.com)
    Another web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using RSS or Atom
  • Technorati (http://www.technorati.com)
    An Internet search engine for searching blogs, Technorati indexes hundreds of millions of blogs and over hundreds of millions of pieces of tagged social media – Technorati is considered the “Google” of blog search engines

 

Human-Answered Questions

  • Answers.com/Wiki Answers (http://www.answers.com/)
    Presents aggregated content from other reference websites as well as from a wiki – users can improve answers provide
  • eHow (http://www.ehow.com/)
    An online knowledge resource with more than 337,000 articles and videos offering step-by-step instructions on “how to do just about everything.” eHow content is created by both professional experts and amateur members and covers a wide variety of topics organized into a hierarchy of categories
  • LifeHacker (http://www.lifehacker.com/)
    A blog devoted to coming up with ways of improving life and using software
  • Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com/)
    A community-driven knowledge market website that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users
  • Mahalo Answers (http://www.mahalo.com/answers/)
    A community-driven knowledge market website that allows users to both submit questions to be answered and answer questions asked by other users
  • LinkedIn Answers (http://www.linkedin.com/answers/)
    Get a fast and accurate answer to your business question, and answer questions to share your knowledge and help your network.

Machine-Answered Questions

  • Wolfram Alpha (http://www.wolframalpha.com/)
    Enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer
  • True Knowledge/Evi (http://www.trueknowledge.com/)
    The True Knowledge/Evi answer engine is a technology capable of answering questions put to it on any topic (available for both desktop computers and the Android phone).
  • Siri (http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html)
    Siri is a personal assistant and knowledge navigator which works as an application for Apple’s iOS.