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Spectate Swamp VS the Desktop Search World; GDS, YDS, MDS ,? ,? ,?

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    Spectate​Swamp

     

    In front of a live audience. (Or Net Video?)

    Desktop Search and Net Search are from opposite ends of the
    search spectrum. They won't do well on the desktop.

    Show me the data.
    -----------------

    It has often been said that with search, nothing is found until
    someone views the results. That point has become very clear
    while checking out the Desktop Search competition. They list
    the files that the results are in and sometimes display the
    first hit. Where it is actually ledgable. Most times the first
    file matches are just little yellow blobs on something that is
    supposed to resemble a page of text.

    They brag about finding so many matches in fractions of seconds.
    To actually see all the results in context, is painfully slow with
    these guys. Spectate Swamp can "Show you the data" in context
    much much quicker. Just hit Enter Enter Enter as you fly through
    the results (in context & full screen). Hands down winner SSDS.

    I merged a few of my big files and tested out what was the maximum file
    size for two of the others.
    Google would not index a 44MB text file.
    Yahoo would not index a 81MB text file.
    Spectate Swamp has no known text file size limit.
    The full MDS won't run on my machine? I'll test the lesser version.

    I'm sure that after a little more poking around I'll find other
    major deficiencies, when going head to head with SSDS.

    Next I'll compare video capabilities.

    Show me the Videos.
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    blowdart

    Wasn't get your idiotic vanity threads locked on one forum enough for you? (Oh and your wikipedia spam isn't amusing either)

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    Spectate​Swamp


    Do you need to physically change the video file to add metadata?
    (This would require video editing software $$) Not with SSDS

    Video cataloging; can they video in a 100 page natural health
    book then catalogue it? SSDS can easily.

    To catalogue a video, the playback must show the time in seconds.
    SSDS does

    It needs to do a rewind or reverse playback. SSDS does the first
    and will add reverse playback shortly.

    Desktop search for video should have slow motion playback SSDS does.

    Can the Search run while other searches are on the PC.
    SSDS can.

    Can the search run on a computer, that is not connected to the net?
    SSDS can.

    Can the Search run from a DVD. SSDS can.

    Do they force their internet search on you and confuse the results with
    net garbage? Desktop search is for personal stuff. Not everybodys stuff.
    Never with SSDS.


    Other special options:
    SSDS has random video selection
    SSDS has random start point in video clips.
    SSDS can play short segments. Ie thumbnails.
    SSDS has freeze frame.
    SSDS has multi-screen capabilities. Multiple SSDS's can run simultaneously.
    SSDS can run in continuous display mode. Screen saver...

    The others must have little to no video capabilities. Otherwise there
    would be people yapping about it; Saying I do this with my videos using
    MDS or YDS or GDS...
    About all I could find when searching "??? Desktop Search" "video"
    was people saying I like X better than y. No explanation whatsoever
    as to how they use the tool. That's what really counts.

    This leads into the next desktop search showdown catagory.

    How I use my desktop search on a daily basis.
    ---------------------------------------------

    I've used this one for nearly 7 years, so SSDS has
    a major advantage here.
    Where are the Guru types for MDS, GDS, YDS and other searches??
    they'll need 'em.

    Spectate Swamp declared WINNER of the Desktop Search for videos segment.

    The whole concept of metadata is stupid.
    With all these formats. It's trouble enough getting the data out.
    What's insane, is to bury textual information in video files.
    Removing it from view and from the average user.

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    Spectate​Swamp

    In searching out the details on the competition. One thing has
    become clear. Spectate Swamp Search is lacking, but so are the
    rest. SSDS is unindexed search, the others are indexed. Those two
    can easily work together.

    So My mission has slightly changed. From trying to point out their
    weaknesses, to finding which one offers the most in conjunction with
    Spectate Swamp Search.

    Spectate Swamp Desktop Search (and) GDS (or) MDS (or) YDS (or) ???

     

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    Harlequin

    One thing I do have against Spectate Swamp. You're not going to be able to go head to head with the big boys with a stupid brand name. Seriously...

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    Spectate​Swamp

     

    Back from scouring the net, reading Desktop Search reviews and views.
    Spent some more time testing the various searches. What I'm finding is:
    Pretend Desktop Search. Just NET search with a little less data.
    Their preview windows that are too tiny to be useful. With this search
    you'll see all the matches up on the screen and fast. Note-pad / Scratch-pad
    capabilities are a must. Most searches have this option. I stash notes all the time.

    When reviewers quote search speed, they are way way off base.
    Saying they have found 2,350,000+ results in .023 sec
    Nothing is found until it is up on the screen and easily
    viewable. That is where, this program blows their doors off.

    Desktop search is about finding your data Fast.
    With this program I can be in and out of my notes, in a handfull of seconds.

    Net Search needed indexing so they can quickly find data among
    billions of pages. For a single computer, this is Over-Kill. A good reader
    can read 3 Gig in a year, going 24 X 365. Personal search textual info
    will rarely get larger than that. I seldom search data that I havn't read
    or notes that aren't mine. Why would I? Is indexing really necessary?
    That nasty indexing step, limits search in a number of ways.

    For those techies that talk about indexing hundreds of thousands of files.
    Few if any of those files are ever printed or re-sent. Just merge them and
    store the originals somewhere else. Why have a messy directory.

    Find all your data, not just some of it. Large text files can't be indexed,
    by the pretenders. They range from 2M to 80M maximum file size limit.

    Not much fun in these so called serious searches. No Random to be seen.
    No large font scrolling text, no slow-motion video.
    Just MetaData that is beyond most casual users capabilities. But not now.
    This search allows people to create their own MetaData.

    Articles go on and on about security. Where does this rank with the user
    that has his-or-her data backed up. Last, or next to last. OMG somebody
    is going to read my old email and look at the family photo album.

    Indexed desktop search, seem to hog computer resources.
    When my computer is on, I'm usually using it. I've read a number
    of complaints about the background indexing. In most cases, the
    indexing function can be turned off and updated anytime.

    They want you to keep all your data eggs in their basket. With desktop search.
    The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) strongly applies. The less formats
    the better. Don't be encouraged by the 200+ types of data formats they claim
    to search. I use mpg, txt, mp3, jpg, bmp and very few others. For those who
    feel their data prowess is determined by the number of different formats.
    Good luck. You'll need it, to keep your data in the long run.

    In looking for desktop search, there are almost no examples, of how or why
    anybody would use Search. I guess I'm one of the few that do.

    -Used as a context spell checker. See how the words are used in context of
     my own selection. My text file has weird, strange, psychic, unexpected,
     mystics text info. See results in interesting context.
    -I save a jpg (screen capture) of every website that I bookmark, then take a copy
     of the text on the home page at the same time.
    -I do daily notes, todo list updates and info lookups.
    -Cut and paste interesting notes and search material from the net.
    -Move my inbox and sent mail to my *.txt files.
    -I check these files often when making new contacts.
    -Auto-catalogue and play my recent video. Then randomly play video from
     what's currently on the C: disk. Or a screen saver playing the 5000+ family
     album pictures.
    -Burn a copy of the exe on DVD backups set to autorun, showing the videos.
     I regularly burn 2 or 3 DVD's backups to free up space on my hard drive.
    -When I come across detailed steps or interesting features, I'll do a
     screen capture and save that as a jpg. Maybe even using paint to draw
     a red circle around the object of interest.
    -On a previous job I had 2000+ screen captures (in 10 months) of totals,
     exceptions and complex procedure steps.
    -Routinely add a "search for: THIS STRING" to my notes file. For any search
     string that provided results.

    If you don't have lots of interesting pictures, text, video or music
    then you probably don't need desktop search. Yet....

    Conclusion:

    They are Net Search masquerading as Desktop Search Engines.
    There is only one desktop search - Spectate Swamp.
    So it's impossible to have a desktop search showdown. They have nothing to show.
    They don't do desktop search, they don't know desktop search.

    I'll do more Desktop Search video demos and hound any "Desktop Search" threads I

    find.

    Grab a copy and check it out:
    http://www.topshareware.com/Spectate-Swamp-Search-download-42932.htm

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    ZippyV

    Have you improved your interface already or do you still thinks it's useable for anyone except you?

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    Spectate​Swamp

    ZippyV wrote:
    Have you improved your interface already or do you still thinks it's useable for anyone except you?


    I was hoping that somebody would do a nice skin for it.

    Unusable.
    Learn a few simple, main prompts (3). That's all. It's very fast but
    not that pretty.

    In the 2 weeks that I checked out the competition.
    there was a copy of one or the other DTS apps on my PC.
    Not once, did I have the desire to just give it a whirl.

    How about a few of you giving a little and tell me how
    you use your favourite Desktop Search.

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    Sourcecode

    Till now I’ve managed to stay away from your posts for simple reason of not belittling someone I know not. I don't know much about desktop search, but you have a similar theme in most of your ramblings.

    Random

    Random this, random that, is search not in itself useless if your searching for random things. Isn’t the whole point of trying to find something, specific as apposed to random?

    The very word random is not at all synonymous to search.

    If the whole idea is to “search” for something where does your random stuff come into play?

    Your index (“if that is what it is”) from what I can tell is hand built i.e. not automated.

    You have 3 prompts you say? 3 too many. What ever happened to buttons, and a mouse?

    SpectateSwamp wrote:
    
    Not much fun in these so called serious searches. No Random to be seen.
    No large font scrolling text, no slow-motion video.
    Just MetaData that is beyond most casual users capabilities. But not now.
    This search allows people to create their own MetaData.


    This is not searching to find something, it is playing… A toy.

    I'm assuming that Yahoo! MS and Google (you know the ones with the billions) do a fairly decent job otherwise they would not be where they are.

    Then again maybe you’re a blessed search god down from the heavens to in fact solve all the worlds search problems, but only 10 years too late. Since time for you has no meaning up in the clouds.

    Rewrite this in .net, throw a meaningful interface on it, and bring it into “this” millennium, and I promise I’ll give it a try.

    Or even better, for now, show us the video of the tests you’ve done, as scientific proof that your method is better then the others. The others in this case being the guy’s with the billions.




     

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    Spectate​Swamp

    Sourcecode wrote:
    

    Till now I’ve managed to stay away from your posts for simple reason of not belittling someone I know not. I don't know much about desktop search, but you have a similar theme in most of your ramblings.

    Random

    Random this, random that, is search not in itself useless if your searching for random things. Isn’t the whole point of trying to find something, specific as apposed to random?

    The very word random is not at all synonymous to search.

    If the whole idea is to “search” for something where does your random stuff come into play?

    Your index (“if that is what it is”) from what I can tell is hand built i.e. not automated.

    You have 3 prompts you say? 3 too many. What ever happened to buttons, and a mouse?

    SpectateSwamp wrote: 
    Not much fun in these so called serious searches. No Random to be seen.
    No large font scrolling text, no slow-motion video.
    Just MetaData that is beyond most casual users capabilities. But not now.
    This search allows people to create their own MetaData.


    This is not searching to find something, it is playing… A toy.

    I'm assuming that Yahoo! MS and Google (you know the ones with the billions) do a fairly decent job otherwise they would not be where they are.

    Then again maybe you’re a blessed search god down from the heavens to in fact solve all the worlds search problems, but only 10 years too late. Since time for you has no meaning up in the clouds.

    Rewrite this in .net, throw a meaningful interface on it, and bring it into “this” millennium, and I promise I’ll give it a try.

    Or even better, for now, show us the video of the tests you’ve done, as scientific proof that your method is better then the others. The others in this case being the guy’s with the billions.




     




    Belittle away.

    Random is handy, in that I can search for a subject and allow
    results to come up in a different order. Not just sequential.
    It added a lot to the family album. I had screen captures hi-lited
    with a red dot and catalogued so I could call them up by 'red dot'
    Seeing these important notes and screen captures was a handy
    screen saver / reminder.

    When this program does search in order. It will always produce
    results in the same order. Not so with those indexers. any new
    data may change that. Making it almost impossible to run a
    differences between two sets of search results.

    My index is all the txt in a huge txt file with a recognizable line
    identifying the file each grouping of text is from. This is much
    quicker to search, because all the directory overhead is gone.
    The merge of txt files doesn't take long. And you are in complete control.
    No mysterious job running in the background.

    3 prompts is not too many. When most of the time the default is what
    you want. Just enter enter enter. in some cases.

    What about about some buttons or the mouse. I'll let the Skin handle that.
    Waaay back I did a Keypunch/Verify program. Those entry clerks right hand
    would dance on the keyboard. It was criminal to have them move their hand
    from the home positons. This program is very fast for those that can type.

    Not searching?
    Searching for my data should be a little bit fun.
    where is the problem having my data, be it text, video or screen captures
    as a screen saver / visual refresher.

    Doing a fairly decent job. You bet they do for the net. But not for my stuff.
    That is probably where I should explain myself better. I'm making some note
    on how I got into search and that should be self explanitory.

    Rewrite this in net.. There are still a few video options I'd like to add first
    Ie reverse play and fast forward to name two. This whole discussion has resulted
    in a few more 'todo' items being added to my notes.

    Or even better. Show us the video. You are right. I'll show how handy this
    program is for the everyday uses that Desktop Search are good for.

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    Sven Groot

    I downloaded this thing but couldn't do much with it. For one thing I had to hunt down the VB5 runtime and install it manually. If you have dependencies you should either include them or instruct the user where to find them. As it stands a lot of people will download your product, see an error message, assume it doesn't work and that's the end of it.

    When I ran it I had no idea what I should do. Your app behaves like a very weird hybrid; a GUI app that wants to be a console app. It wasn't obvious how I could get help in the application, and there's no help file included. The text with the prompts is just gibberish to me. How do I find out how to use this program?

    You've been giving a lot of examples, none of which have any relation to what I would use search for. So why don't you walk me through a scenario that would be useful for me? Here's the idea: I have a lot of research papers on my drive. Most of them are neatly ordered by topic (some not so neat) but there are a lot of them and (foolishly) I tend to leave them at their default file name which often has nothing at all to do with the title of the paper. These papers are in pdf, ps and dvi format (mostly pdf) and I have maybe a thousand of them. Say I'm looking for a certain topic. I want to have all papers relating to the search input I give. At the same time, I also want it to search my old e-mail (Outlook 2003) and my lecture notes (Word 2003, mostly) because chances are the papers I'm looking for have been mentioned somewhere so I want to have the references to them as well.

    Explain to me exactly what I would need to do with your program to accomplish this. What commands do I need to give at these prompts to find what I'm looking for?

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    Spectate​Swamp

    Sven Groot wrote:
    I downloaded this thing but couldn't do much with it. For one thing I had to hunt down the VB5 runtime and install it manually. If you have dependencies you should either include them or instruct the user where to find them. As it stands a lot of people will download your product, see an error message, assume it doesn't work and that's the end of it.

    When I ran it I had no idea what I should do. Your app behaves like a very weird hybrid; a GUI app that wants to be a console app. It wasn't obvious how I could get help in the application, and there's no help file included. The text with the prompts is just gibberish to me. How do I find out how to use this program?

    You've been giving a lot of examples, none of which have any relation to what I would use search for. So why don't you walk me through a scenario that would be useful for me? Here's the idea: I have a lot of research papers on my drive. Most of them are neatly ordered by topic (some not so neat) but there are a lot of them and (foolishly) I tend to leave them at their default file name which often has nothing at all to do with the title of the paper. These papers are in pdf, ps and dvi format (mostly pdf) and I have maybe a thousand of them. Say I'm looking for a certain topic. I want to have all papers relating to the search input I give. At the same time, I also want it to search my old e-mail (Outlook 2003) and my lecture notes (Word 2003, mostly) because chances are the papers I'm looking for have been mentioned somewhere so I want to have the references to them as well.

    Explain to me exactly what I would need to do with your program to accomplish this. What commands do I need to give at these prompts to find what I'm looking for?


    The VB5 runtime is new to me. I have had no problem with all the PC's
    to date. Thanks I'll check it out and include that info.

    No way that it is pretty.
    There is a crude "help" option at prompt #2 this details the control
    file elements commands and such. It creates help.txt as an output file.
    Then opens that file in context mode. just enter enter enter.

    Currently the search doesn't do Word.

    Others hate word more than I do.
    http://www.gnu.org/no-word-attachments.html
    http://www.goldmark.org/netrants/no-word/attach.html

    If you had a program that would take these .doc and make txt files out
    of them then. You can search with no problem.

    To merge txt files its very simple.
    Prompt #1 (default) this prompt doesn't matter in a merge.
    Prompt #2 "Merge" then the rest of the merge prompts follow.

    resulting in merge.txt or some other file.txt

    Same with your emails. Export them to text and they become yours
    to take to any computer, forever.

    You have more guts than most, to try some strange program.

    If you have any jpg on your computer. Try this to view them.

    Prompt #1 (default) for a catalogue run it doesn't matter
    Prompt #2 GF  (for get files) Give it a folder where most of the
               files are and it should catalogue them. The only reason
              I don't say do C:\ is I use an array while doing the directory
              command. You may go over that limit. Anyway I'm going to change
              that.

    to see those jpgs.

    prompt #1 enter the file name that you created in the step above.
    prompt #2 tt2  (sets the display time to 2 seconds)
    prompt #2 ww    ( this is the screen saver mode for the photos)
    prompt #3 photo (this is the search string and that exists on all search lines.

    If you wanted to see the pictures randomly
    at prompt #2 enter "rand" to turn this option off enter "norand"
    these values are stored in the command.txt file.

     

     

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    Sven Groot

    SpectateSwamp wrote:
    If you had a program that would take these .doc and make txt files out
    of them then. You can search with no problem.

    To merge txt files its very simple.
    Prompt #1 (default) this prompt doesn't matter in a merge.
    Prompt #2 "Merge" then the rest of the merge prompts follow.

    resulting in merge.txt or some other file.txt

    Same with your emails. Export them to text and they become yours
    to take to any computer, forever.


    You mean I have to manually copy thousands of e-mails from three different accounts into text files to be able to search them? What about those Word files? If they change, do I need to manually keep the text files up to date? And that's not even mentioning the work needed to convert all those pdf, ps and dvi files to text. By that point I'm better off just manually searching them, or even going to ACM or Citeseer and search their database and match up the results against the file names on my hard drive.

    I do hope that your application can at least automatically open the original file or e-mail in the appropriate application after it's found something in these text files.

    How can you suggest that is better than automatic indexing. I'm in Vista at the moment, so all I would need to do to find what I'm looking for is press start, type the search terms in the start menu search box, and it's done (ok, I don't think Vista can search ps or dvi files, but nothing a plugin wouldn't solve). Explain to me how your way is easier than what Vista and Windows Desktop Search does, because I just don't see it.

    I don't care about images. I don't have that many of them and what I do have is neatly organised. None of them have any meaningful metadata associated with them anyway (besides the file name) and I can't be bothered to add any either. Media search isn't that interesting for me. I want to be able to search the vast quantity of documents in various formats, and I want to see the results in a clear, orderly fashion that allows me to quickly see what I want. Non of this random nonsense.

    Also, how can your application possibly be efficient? Does it index the text files in any way? Linearly searching many hundreds of megabytes (or even gigabytes) of text files is not fast. Please tell me it uses some kind of more suitable full text indexing datastructure.

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    Spectate​Swamp

    Sven Groot wrote:
    You mean I have to manually copy thousands of e-mails from three different accounts into text files to be able to search them? What about those Word files? If they change, do I need to manually keep the text files up to date? And that's not even mentioning the work needed to convert all those pdf, ps and dvi files to text. By that point I'm better off just manually searching them, or even going to ACM or Citeseer and search their database and match up the results against the file names on my hard drive.

    I do hope that your application can at least automatically open the original file or e-mail in the appropriate application after it's found something in these text files.

    How can you suggest that is better than automatic indexing. I'm in Vista at the moment, so all I would need to do to find what I'm looking for is press start, type the search terms in the start menu search box, and it's done (ok, I don't think Vista can search ps or dvi files, but nothing a plugin wouldn't solve). Explain to me how your way is easier than what Vista and Windows Desktop Search does, because I just don't see it.

    I don't care about images. I don't have that many of them and what I do have is neatly organised. None of them have any meaningful metadata associated with them anyway (besides the file name) and I can't be bothered to add any either. Media search isn't that interesting for me. I want to be able to search the vast quantity of documents in various formats, and I want to see the results in a clear, orderly fashion that allows me to quickly see what I want. Non of this random nonsense.

    Also, how can your application possibly be efficient? Does it index the text files in any way? Linearly searching many hundreds of megabytes (or even gigabytes) of text files is not fast. Please tell me it uses some kind of more suitable full text indexing datastructure.



    Manually copy thousands of e-mails. You bet.
    I get maybe 5 keepers a day and send about the same.
    I could use a good e-mail extract app instead.

    There are a number of ways to get easy access to those word
    documents. Without changing the way you do things now.

    I'm surprised that there is no utility that can go through a
    folder of word documents, creating *.txt output.
    Manually that would take time. It took 2 of us over 2 months
    to catalogue and scan in the family albums. Good stuff takes
    effort.

    One could even do a screen capture to jpg of all the word docs.
    Maybe even do a video capture of all those documents being flashed
    on the screen. That would be easily search and played randomly.

    If there is a change in a file just replace the .txt and .jpg counterparts.

    Anyway this is not a either or situation. You could use this search for
    you txt, mpg, mp3 and jpg files. Leaving the rest to vista or your
    indexing search engine of choice.
     
    The real advantage is with this app, I can burn a CD or DVD and take all
    my data with me. (textual of course) My video files are huge.

    Automatically open the original file. I do that now with txt files.
    This is todo added to my list lately. When the search finds a match. It
    knows the original file name. It would add something, I'm sure.

    Better than automatic indexing. You bet it is better. Why do indexing at all.
    I doubt that all my text will ever reach 4GB. That isn't a real big
    problem at 20,000,000 Characters per second. Indexing limits you in many
    ways. There is a file size limit of 2M for some indexers. Results arn't
    returned in the same order from month to month. I like to run a differences
    to see what has changed. Indexers are not as portable as this search.
    This app can run from a backup CD or DVD.

    Faster & better in every way.
    I can be in to my notes.txt by double clicking the search
    Prompt #1 is defaulted to notes.txt, so just hit enter.
    prompt #2 "y" this will show you the last page of text in notes.txt
    hit enter enter enter to close the program out.

    This shows each match in context. Indexers show you the files the matches
    are in and a poor attempt at a preview screen. This app gives you hit counts
    elapsed time, character counts, scrolling text etc. That's handy or at least
    interesting.

    Don't care about images. Then you are a long way from getting interested
    in Video. Good thing they don't do video very well.

    Why do you care so much about keeping these word docs and limit your portability.
    You must be interested in the formatting as much as the context.

    No random options to sample your data. Too bad. If I had all your word documents
    in a text file. I'd have it start at a random point and show me some of that
    interesting text. I primarly use random as a screen saver or for data sampling.
    If you have a lot of info. You need to sample it now and again.

    Linear searching. All my email, notes and text capture from the net are less
    than 200M. Thats like 200 books and still next to nothing text wise. I'm being
    generous with the 4Gig in a lifetime of reading. With linear search the first
    one pops up fast, as some of the matches are at the beginning. I don't search
    beyond the first hit.

    Efficient, maybe not. But portable and very simple in approach. This application
    is flexable and easily adaptable to future change. Don't need no SQL with real
    desktop search.

    What was that download site for the VB5 stuff? Thanks.

     

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    AndyC

    Words. Fail. Me.

    This is The Daily WTF right? Because I can't imagine reading this anywhere else...

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    Sven Groot

    It seems you are hard pressed to prove that my search needs are somehow wrong. Expecting users to change their usage patterns to your software is not a good way to build applications.

    Your application is completely unusable for me. I don't want to manually do anything, I don't want or need random search, and I don't want an app with a pseudo-command line interface. You say use both, but unfortunately the examples you give make absolutely no sense. They do not describe realistic usage scenarios for me (or anyone else here, it seems), so why use your software at all?

    More to the point, considering that nobody here has replied in a positive fashion, why continue to advertise it here? That could be considered trolling by some.

    Oh, and this is the download link for the VB5 runtime.

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    Spectate​Swamp


    Thanks for the VB5 runtime link.
    It's been added to my web site.

    I checked my notes and found that I did come across
    the msvbvm50.dll missing way back in 2000 on a
    friends computer.

     

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    Spectate​Swamp

    For the most part people don't need desktop search.
    They have all lived without it until now.
    But for those that have lots of daily details and computer
    related functions, maybe Desktop Search can make your busy
    life, easier. Those that have Digital Cameras or Camcorders
    can make quick use of this search as a screen saver.

    I've been using search since the mid 80's. From source code search
    to examining database text extracts. I know what's needed from
    search. I've kept all kinds of typewritten notes. From the items
    on my grocery list and their cost, to things far more noteworthy.

    A key feature of this search, is it's notepad capabilities.

    to see the most recent notes in my notes.txt file:
    Start the program
    Prompt #1 (the default is notes.txt) hit enter
    Prompt #2 (the default is 'Y' for last page) hit enter.
    the last page of notes appear.

    To add notes to the notes.txt file:
    Start the program
    Prompt #1 (the default is notes.txt) hit enter
    Prompt #2 (the default is 'y') enter 'e' the enter notes option
    you are prompted for line after line of input. enter enter enter
    to exit.

    Very fast and very easy to make notes and view them.

    Since this app, I have been keeping  a lot of screen captures to Jpg.
    As well as all kinds of Video from my Mini DVD Camcorder.

    If you have enough data, to want a search. You had better have a good
    backup plan for that data. This app makes the txt, jpg, mpg, and mp3
    secure and very transportable. I worry about those other data formats, 2nd.

    If you want to share your stuff like I do, it had better be portable.
    From PC to PC. and from software package to software package. Your data
    shouldn't lock you into any one program.  If you can't take it with you.
    You can't take it with you. Doing it this way, You can.

    Desktop search is primarily about finding your data in context.
    I search for "Joe Smith" I might be looking for his phone number
    birthdate or somebody, I met with him. For the most part I am not
    interested in the file that it came from.
     
    This is the desktop search your need to comfortably accumulate and
    retrieve all the memories and moments of a lifetime in Text, Pictures
    Music and Video (txt, jpg, mp3 & mpg). Easily shared and in some of
    the more portable data formats. This data is yours. (permanently)
    And without a whole lot of geekery involved.

    For me this is Personal Desktop Search. The other search engines are
    database driven net monstrosities, trying to be Desktop Search.

     

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