Archive | January, 2007

Search in Windows Vista

For the longest time, search functionality in Windows has been rather limited. In fact, I believe the plethora of search products and toolbars such as Google Desktop Search and Yahoo! Desktop Search are a direct result of this limitation. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has definitely improved search. Earlier today I came across one search improvement termed ‘natural language search’. Mike Torres has a great write up of Natural Language Search in Windows Vista but for quick summary, before I enabled natural language search, a query such as “Email to John about Scripts’ resulted in 0 search results.

Search with Natural Language Search disabled

I enabled natural language search and the same query now results with the following results:

Results with Natural Search Enabled

To enable Natural Language Search in Windows Vista:

  1. Open any folder in Windows Vista
  2. Click on Organize
  3. Click on Folder and Search Options
  4. Click on the Search tab
  5. Make sure that the box next to ‘Use natural language search’ is checked
  6. Click OK 

You can now enjoy the full power of natural language search in Windows Vista.

Windows Mobile Fix for DST

Because of the Energy Policy Act, daylight saving time is extended by four weeks in 2007. The 2007 daylight saving time implementation is as follows:

  • Daylight saving time starts at 02:00 A.M. on March 11, 2007.
  • Daylight saving time ends at 02:00 A.M. on November 4, 2007.
  • Clocks change at 02:00 A.M. local time. On March 11, 2007, clocks will move forward one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 03:00 A.M. On November 4, 2007, clocks will move back one hour from 01:59 A.M. to 01:00 A.M.

    These changes are okay unless you happen to be running some technology reliant product. For example, if you had a Windows Mobile based device, the Microsoft support article (923953) that provides you with the regisitry changes that you need to make aren’t the easiest to ask your clients to run or install.

    Thanks to Bill, one of the EdgeBack consultants, the registry changes needed for the Daylight Savings Time fix for Windows mobile devices is now available as a CAB file that can be installed fairly easily. I need to install this on my smartphone later this week and will update the post with appropriate results of the installation.

    Related Links:

    Daylight Saving Time – Windows Mobile Fix
    Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007

    SEPTA Pass Perks

    It looks like SEPTA is trying to encourage more travelers to purchase weekly or monthly passes. They’ve recently introduced a site called SEPTA Pass Perks and according to the marketing message:

    With a weekly or monthly SEPTA Pass, you’ll receive discounts and other goodies to some of the best destinations in the region. Just have a look around the website to see all the places that accept Pass Perks. Then head out on the town, on us.

    Recuva

    Piriform, makers of CCleaner have just released another free tool called Recuva (pronounced “recover”). The utility can be used to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, emptied from the Windows Recycle bin or files that were erased from flash media.

    Plastic Packages

    If you’ve ever bought anything that a store thinks might be worthy enough to be stolen you’ve probably dealt with the ‘very easy to open plastic packaging’ theft deterrant. The packaging is so popular that Consumer Reports has their own Oyster Awards for America’s hardest-to-open packages. It looks like a company called Ranchmark Inc, decided they wanted to ruin the awards ceremony by introducing a product called OpenX – a new hand held tool specifically designed to safely and easily open plastic packages. I’m waiting to read some more online reviews but am also curious if it comes in its own plastic packaging?