How to Replace Windows XP Search

Windows XP isn’t going to suddenly go away now that Windows 7 is out. I recently received a new HP Mini netbook as an early Christmas present. Guess what operating system is on it? Yeah, it’s XP, and I’m not disappointed. I still use XP at work and that may not change for a long time yet, considering how the economy is doing.

Now on to the topic …

ms_doggie_search How do you like seeing the little doggie when you use Windows XP search (from the Start Menu) to look for files? It’s a slow search, very slow, and the doggie doesn’t help much. That little doggie has been around since 1995. He first made an appearance in an operating system called MS Bob. No, the name isn’t a joke, and I’ve got a copy of that OS.

How would you like to replace Windows XP Search with something a whole heck of a lot faster?

You can add a faster file search engine to Windows by using a freeware utility named  Reroute XP Search.

defaultSearch It only replaces the search dialog that you see when you hit the Search link in your Start Menu or hold down the Windows Key and tap the Fkey. This does not change what happens when you are in Windows Explorer and you hit F3 or click on search there. So it does do what it advertises, but it would be so much better if it did change all the places you can call up Windows search.

Download a file named reroutexpsearch.zip from the site, then extract it and run the executable file, RerouteXPSearch.exe. You’ll see a fairly obvious interface to add a replacement 3rd party search tool.

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So, what fast search tools do I recommend? Here are three I’ve reviewed in my wiki. I’ve tried them all and like them very much.

SnowBird, AgentRansack, EveryThing

Now when I want to search for a file, I hold down the Windows Key then tap “F, and I’ll be able to find a file far faster than Windows alone can find it.

Download Reroute XP Search

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This little quick and dirty app can prove to be valuable when you need to find files fast. It’s small, stand-alone, and it does exactly what it says it will do.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Chat on Skype without Installing Skype Client on Your PC

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services. A   drawback in Skype is that it does not have an online client. You have to install a desktop client to chat with your buddies.Here is a simple tool that can help you overcome this drawback.

Imo.im is an online service that helps you to chat with your Skype buddies online. This service allows users to IM, talk and voice chat without actually installing Skype on the computer. Apart from Skype, this service has many more IM protocols such as MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, My Space and Facebook.

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This service is very simple to use. All you need to do is, go to imo.im. Select the IM protocol you want to use. Enter the corresponding username and password. Start Chatting!

Features:

  1. The Whiteboard feature in this service lets you create drawings, diagrams and text documents in real-time with your friends online.
  2. You can upload and share your photos with your buddies on your list at [email protected] It provides about 2GB of free space.
  3. You can even create broadcasts about your service/ blog using its broadcast feature.
  4. Another feature that is worth to mention in this service is, you can log on to multiple accounts simultaneously. So you can chat with your Skype buddy while pinging your GTalk buddy.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

It is a very good service. It has really cool and simple interface. It does not have any messy ads unlike many other online services. It’ amazing features such as whiteboard and multiple account login provides this a plus point.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

CleanDesktop is Desktop Cleanup Wizard for Windows Vista and XP

Having a clean and well organized desktop is often the first step to improving productivity. If you have ever used Windows XP, you will surely remember the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. It was a no-fuss utility which automatically scanned your desktop icons and offered to delete the ones you never used. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to dump this utility in Windows Vista.

Fortunately for us, Omkarnath from TheWindowsClub has developed his own CleanDesktop utility. It is intended to be a Desktop Cleanup Wizard substitute for Windows Vista and 7. CleanDesktop scans your desktop entries and lists items which haven’t been used for 30 days or more. You have the option of permanently deleting these entries or moving them to the folder \Desktop\Unused Icons.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

CleanDesktop is a portable utility which does exactly what it is supposed to do. In order to make the most out of this utility, I recommend that you use Task Scheduler to run it once every month. In fact I would like to see future versions of CleanDesktop include in-built scheduling options. Give CleanDesktop a try if you frequently end up with a cluttered desktop.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
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Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Makes Typing in Indian Languages Simple

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Microsoft has quietly released a new product called Indic Language Input Tool, which is aimed at Indian users. Indic Language Input Tool enables input of text in Indian languages on any webpage and application. The initial release supports Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu and is available as a desktop software as well as an online utility. The Indic Language Tool utilizes free-form transliteration, which means there is no learning curve. Users can type the desired text in a natural manner (phonetically) utilizing English script and the utility will automatically transliterate it.

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The web version works through a bookmarklet and works with all popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari. It’s refreshing to see a Microsoft product which is cross-browser compliant, since Microsoft products are notorious for not playing well with alternate browsers. Once you have installed the bookmarklet, simply click on it whenever you wish to activate the Indic Language tool. Any text you type is automatically transliterated on a word by word basis. Languages can be easily toggled through a floating icon, which is added to the currently active text box.

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The desktop software utilizes the language bar and works with any offline utility (as long as it features a text box). If you don’t see the language bar even after installing the tool, you will need to enable it manually from Control Panel–>Clock, Language and Region–>Change keyboards or other input methods.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Microsoft-Indic-Language-Tool-Techie-Buzz-Reccomended Microsoft Indic Language Tool is a joy to use. Its biggest strength is that it works pretty much everywhere and anywhere. The interface is minimalistic and never gets in your way. On most occasions, Indic Language Tool is bang on with its transliteration. And, in case it gets things wrong, you can easily enter the correct text from the on-screen keyboard. The developers – Emerging Markets Labs team of the Microsoft India Development Centre, have done a fabulous job. Indic Language Tool is still in beta, hence there may be some issues. I had some trouble while installing the Desktop version (for Bengali). There are also few minor oversights like missing punctuations. But, if you are willing to look past these issues (which are to be expected from any beta product), you will definitely be impressed with Indic Language Tool.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

[ Download Microsoft Indic Language Tool ]

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Keep Your Registry Clean With Mr.Fix – Registry Cleaner

Many of us use heavy applications for maintaining our PC registry issues, start-up program list and so on. These heavy applications themselves sometimes cause trouble with the PC. If you are searching for a simple tool that can help you to do these jobs, Mr.Fix is for you!

Mr.Fix is a freeware tool. This is a registry cleaner that helps you to fix your registry issues in a single click. Apart from registry cleaning, it also has some other interesting features that are worth looking at.

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Features:

As the name says, it’s main objective is to scan for issues/errors in the registry. It gives you a list of corrupted keys and entries in your registry. You can select the errors you want to fix and click “Fix Now”.

Another good feature in this application is it’s built-in uninstaller through which you can uninstall the applications installed on your PC and keep it clean.

Apart from these, it has start-up manager by the help of which you can monitor the processes which run in the start-up. You can also add some tweaks, like hiding the programs list in the start menu, hiding the shutdown button and so on!

Techie-Buzz Verdict

If you are using some big heavy apps for normal day-to-day registry cleaning, then this is a good substitute for that. It only occupies around 1.6MB of your disk space! Overall, keeping in mind many factors like interface and efficiency, this tool can be given a average rating.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

Top 10 Services and Dictionaries to Look Up Words Online

Irrespective of whether English is your first language or not, there is certainly no damned way you could con all the words it has. Perhaps, no language can be learnt completely, for the simple fact that languages are always evolving. Munching all the words is the job of a dictionary, and technology makes accessing one super easy.

Why use dictionaries on the internet over physical, hardcopied ones? Well, the answer is simple. Dictionaries online are up-to-date, reflecting the latest inclusions and exclusions from the language. They are not heavy (well, literally). And yes, they can be accessed from something as small as a mobile phone with internet access.

There are several places on the internet where you can find word definitions. We’ll highlight the best ones in this list.

#1 Dictionary.reference.com

Dictionary.comPerhaps the most widely used dictionary online. The service pulls out all stops to be as feature rich as possible with a clean, easy to navigate layout (although with some ads!). When a word can mean many things, its several meanings are listed separately with definitions, synonyms, antonyms and example sentences. Each word also comes with an audio clip that speaks out the word, so pronunciation is also taken care of. The site includes several other features like a podcast, a word of the day service, cross word puzzles, word games and a sister thesaurus site.

Change Your DNS Settings Fast with Dns Jumper

If you don’t know what a DNS is, or how to access your DNS settings, I recommend that you read an article I posted nearly two weeks ago: How to use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP

If you already know what DNS is, then you might get a real kick out of Dns Jumper.

Dns Jumper is a small, portable freeware application which makes changing your DNS settings as easy as clicking a button.

Here’s what it looks like:

You’ll need to download and unpack a ZIP file in order to gain access to the Dns_Jumper.exefile. There is no installation. Just move the EXE file to a safe folder and double click it to run Dns Jumper.

The home site for this little utility is fairly new, so it’s not rated by anyone yet, but this particular app seems to be quite safe to use.

Download Dns Jumper

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Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Using this free little app sure beats having to dig into the Control Panel settings. The fact that it’s portable freeware is just icing on the cake. However, since I’m not familiar with the site and it’s author, I’ll reserve giving Jumper a higher rating. Oh, one thing I’d suggest to the author is … get rid of the music.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Mount Folders As Virtual Drives Using Virtual Drives Manager

If you are a regular reader of Techie-Buzz, you might remember that we had reviewed a freeware, with which you can mount folders as virtual drives (Virtual Subst). Today, we have found another useful freeware that you can use for mounting folders as drives. If you are wondering how this tool can be helpful, check the previous post that is linked above.

Virtual Drives Manager is a really simple tool. It has a very minimal interface. All you need to do is, select a folder> click on “Create Virtual Drive”. It will make the selected folder as a drive!

Here is a screenshot of how it looks.

This small application doesn’t need any installation. You just need to extract the RAR file and start using it.

Also Recommended: Mount ISO file as a Virtual CD / DVD Drive | Mount FTP Site as a Virtual Drive in Windows

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This tool is as simple as snow! Even a rookie in computers can use this tool. If you found that Virtual Subst is a little bit complicated, then this would be a good alternative for it.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

Create Multiple Screenshots Of A Video Using SceneGrabber

SceneGrabber.NET is a windows application that helps you to easily create screenshots of your desired video. As the name goes, it is based on the Microsoft.NET framework. The application’s main objective is to create multiple screenshots of a video.

Where Can It Be Useful?

  • If you are uploading any movie to the torrents, then you could use this application to create multiple screenshots and upload it.
  • Personal videos can be converted into photos.

By default, this application is set to take 30 screenshots of the whole video. However, this can be changed based on the user’s desire. If the number of screenshots is set for 30, then it divides the total lenth of the video into 30 parts and grabs a screenshot of each.

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Also Read: Upload Sceenshots To Flickr Using Social Screen Capture

This has two options. Either you can capture one single screenshot or you can capture multiple screenshots of a video. After capturing the screenshots, you can sort out the photos you want and remove others.

The captured screenshots are combined to a single page and are processed as a single image. The width, height and resolution of the screenshots are all user-defined.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

You can convert a video into multiple screenshots with a single click. As I said earlier in the post, this is useful when you want to post screenshots of a movie, or even convert videos into photos.

On the other hand, instead of processing the screenshots as a single image, processing them as invidual pictures would have been an better and expected feature.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

Windows Double Explorer for Windows 7

A few weeks ago, I saw a new freeware Explorer replacement called Windows Double Explorer(or WDE). I downloaded it, tried it out, and it didn’t work. I moved on, thinking nothing more about it. I ran into it again recently, and I saw that it only works in Windows 7. The first time I used it, I had tried it in Windows XP. So, all this time I was missing out because I didn’t read the description closely.

WDE is available in two download packages. One download is a standard MSI installer so that it’s easily installed as you would most apps. The other download is labeled Copy and Run, but you might understand that better if I call it the portableversion. The Copy and Runversion is simply a zip file that you will have to unpack into a folder to run. I’ve read that this app does not write to the registry so it really can be considered portable.

After trying it in Windows 7, I can now show you some of the fine features of this application.

Windows Double Explorer allows you to view two or more folders in the same window. This makes dragging, dropping, copying, pasting and organizing so much simpler than the typical Windows Explorer. However, that’s only the tip of it’s iceberg full of features. Here’s a detailed look at WDE.

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A. In this section, you can quickly change the layout from side-by-side to top-over-bottom. Clicking on the 1and 2can show you each explorer pane by itself as well.

B. You can drag and drop folders onto this Favorites Bar, and they’ll stay there as long as you need them. This makes for super-fast navigation.

C. In this section are a few standard tools such as Root, Folder Up,Back, Forwardand Delete.

D. Here are the tabs. You can right click on them and add as many tabs as you need. If you need to work in more folders, open up more tabs.

E. Here’s where you access the standard file and folder operations that are featured in normal Explorer windows.

I’m not done yet, there’s even more to show you.

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F. What you see above is only a portion of the long list that’s displayed when you click on the Known Foldersmenu. It displays twenty or thirty common folders in Windows 7 that you may need to access quickly.

I hope that’s enough to give you a good taste. There’s more I haven’t covered because I’m still learning to use it.

Here’s the website for Windows Double Explorer.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techie-buzz-recommended-software If you feel the need for more efficiency when you’re organizing files, this app is a great helper. The only thing I didn’t like, was that the application does take a few seconds to start. Since that’s the case, I’ve learned to keep it minimized while it’s not being used. This is a very new program and I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for updates and improvements.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

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