I’ve just returned from a week’s vacation down in Newport Beach and in preparation for this week’s posting, I discovered that I couldn’t find where I had stored something on my hard drive. I fired up one of this week’s little gems (Google Desktop Search) and soon had what I was looking to find. That got me to thinking about some of the other search tools that I use and I thought that you’d like to know about them, too. Go check them out and in keeping with the economic times, they are free!
~ Hard to Find 800 #’s ~
www.HardToFind800Numbers.com Have you ever needed to find a phone number for customer service from a company and not been able to turn it up? And then when you did find it, it wasn’t an 800/866 number which meant that you’d have to pay for the privilege of being kept on hold! Not any more! When you go there you will see their slogan: “You keep them in business. Yet they hide from you. Until now.“
I love it! They also say this about themselves: “Our sole purpose is to help customers reach companies whose numbers are often buried deep within a large corporate site.” The home page is a Top 5 of frequently requested numbers and there is also an alphabetical index to help you find the company that you are looking to locate. You can even input numbers that you know that they don’t know about, which will make this service a keeper long into the future.
~ AllMyFaves.com ~
www.AllMyFaves.com Go to this site and you will find pages of icons from every conceivable company and web site…there is nothing quite like it on the web as far as I know. It truly makes searching for a company or website as easy as clicking your mouse. Here is what they have to say about themselves: “How often have you visited search engines and couldn’t find exactly what you wanted? You searched the web for a specific site and found only sites that had nothing to do with your actual request.
Why search? Our team of experts did the search for you! We have searched the web and provided you with a visual directory that includes the best sites in each category! We know we don’t have everything, but we are trying hard to get you the most of what you need, in a unique and innovative way.”
~ Google Desktop ~
http://desktop.google.com/features.html Have you ever spent tons of time searching for something that you know is on your computer but who knows where? I have. Windows comes with a pretty lame search facility built in, but truly, in my experience, it was never good enough. Enter the fine folks at Google with their Google Desktop product that brings the power of Google Search to your desktop! There are versions for Linux and Mac, too.
Here is what Google has to say about it: “Google Desktop makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google. It’s a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you’ve viewed, and more. By making your computer searchable, Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks.”