Software That Plays Tag

This week’s WSJ.com column (subscription only, I’m afraid) is about Jiglu, a sort of automatic tagging service you can see in action somewhere on this blog: If you’re a writer, you hope your words will be etched in stone for eternity. If you’re a blogger, you’re happy if someone stumbles on your writings a few …

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How To Remember Stuff

I long suspected this was the case, and now we’ve proof: Try too hard to remember something and you can almost feel yourself forgetting it. Stop trying to remember and it will come back. Of course, this could be extended to other mental activity: Your brain can only cope with so much stuff, so better …

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Copernic’s New Search

Copernic have officially launched version 2 of their excellent Desktop Search software. It’s been around in beta for a while and it’s excellent, though I’d still like to see more economical use of screen space. Not all of us are working on high-res big screens. Press release isn’t out yet but should be here when …

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Delicious Additions

Here’s a wonderful new addition to the del.icio.us process of adding a tag to a web page — the posting page predicts from your existing tags what you are typing, and offers suggestions based on your existing tags. Not just that: below the fields are some recommended tags you have already assigned to other pages …

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dtSearch: Not Dead. Not Yet.

Despite my love of indexers (and I’m in Seventh Heaven now that all the big boys are throwing out desktop search engines like it was a Bay City Rollers’ reunion) I still stick for most of my searching with dtSearch. It’s expensive, it’s tough, it’s ugly, but it gets the job done. And now they’ve …

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Another Indexing Program…

Further in my pursuit of the perfect search and indexing software, Sean Franzen points me to Vancouver-based Wisetech Software and their Archivarius 3000 which, he says, “recognizes more file formats than DiskMeta, allows you to index data on network drives and locate your indexes on network drives. The price is very competitive also. Development has been very …

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Ukraine Weighs In On The Search Stakes

Another addition to my index of indexing programs: diskMETA, from <META> Inc. “the largest search engine provider in Ukraine and a leader in Cyrillic multilingual search engine morphology technologies”. A press release issued today says diskMETA is one of the fastest desktop search engines, and is available both as freeware and shareware. The program “is intended …

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This week’s column – Hard-Disk Hunters

This week’s Loose Wire column is about hard disk indexers, a topic familiar to those of you reading this blog.  CONSIDER THIS: Your hard drive probably contains more info than you could ever imagine. Say you’ve got a modest hard drive of 20 gigabytes. That’s the equivalent of about 20 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica. …

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The New Search Wars

Search is getting big again. Will it work this time around? Programs that search your hard drive have been around for a while, but few of them seem to last. There was Magellan, askSam (OK, still around, sort of), Altavista’s Desktop Search, dtSearch (still going strong) and Enfish (still around, barely breathing). That was in …

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