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Use Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome/Safari all in one browser with Lunascape

I recently came across one of the best web browsers I have ever seen, Lunascape. What sets this browser apart from the rest is that is can use any of the three browser engines available, Trident (Internet Explorer), Gecko (Firefox) and WebKit (Chrome/Safari).

Have you ever come across a web page that requires a function of different web browser? With Lunascape, you can switch browser engines on the fly.

Lunascape is the world's first and only triple engine browser

With one click of the mouse, you can reload the web page in a different engine. Here's a list of current features from Lunascape's web site:

Unique All-in-One Approach

The comprehensive site coverage of the most broadly used engine, IE's Trident. The incredibly fast JavaScript performance speed boasted by Firefox's engine, Gecko. The equally or even faster engine of Chrome/Safari, WebKit. Lunascape is a hybrid triple engine browser equipped with all three. While other existing browsers struggle to combine any two of these engines, Lunascape is unmatched in that it is the only browser that combines the best features and speeds from these highly acclaimed browsers, seamlessly.

Triple Engine goes Triple Add-on

Lunascape is now compatible with the expanding array of Firefox add-ons in addition to the already supported Internet Explorer add-ons and Lunascape plug-ins, achieving the greatest degree of extensibility and flexibility among Web browsers. Transferring your add-ons from Firefox is very easy.

Extensible AND Fast

Lunascape6 achieves the utmost extensibility without compromising one of the fastest speeds in the market. You can browse lightning fast while enjoying ample add-ons. We've also made special effort in ensuring fast launch even with many add-ons.

Simply Refined Interface

A new interface mode, ORION, is added to version 6 as a default. This sleek minimalist interface has all the basic functions and will get you going in no time. You can still customize many aspects of interface to your liking.

Triple Engine Side-by-Side Display

Our unique Triple Engine keeps evolving. To better support web designers and developers, we have implemented "split tab display". You can view a web page in 3 rendering engines side-by-side to easily check the browser compatibility.

I encourage you to take a closer look at Lunascape at their web site.

Enjoy,
Scott

Useful USB devices for your computer

In this article, I show some of my favorite and useful USB devices.

Netbook connected to 42" plasma TV

Some of my favorite devices run through USB ports. Here are just a few:

Flash Drives:
Probably the most popular of all USB devices. They are great for storage, boot disks, etc., but have an average life of around 10,000 read/writes.

Floppy Drives:
Sometimes, you just need a floppy drive. If you have ever installed Windows on a computer with a RAID or SCSI drive, you know what I mean.

Hard Drives & DVD/CD Drives:
I use a multi-functional converter. It's a great way to mount a hard drive from a computer that has failed. Or use it with a hard drive for storage, boot drive, etc. The best one is to connect it to a standard 5.25" DVD burner and use it to create Recovery Disks on laptops/netbooks.

COM & LPT Ports:
Yes, there are still devices that require COM ports and printers that use LPT ports. And you can get USB converters to support them.

There are a ton of USB devices out there. These are but a few of my favorites.

Enjoy,
Scott

List everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder

In this article, I show how to list everything contained in the Control Panel in Windows 7 in one folder. I had read couple of articles concerning the Windows 7 'God Mode' and I thought I would take look into. The way it works is you create a new folder and give it a specific name. Then, when you open that folder, it displays the contains of the control panel. Let's give it a try.

First, create a new folder and cut & paste the following in the name:

Control Panel.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Note:
For this article I am going to use the name Control Panel. You can use whatever you like, just keep the GUID extension (.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}) at the end
.

First thing you will notice is that the folder now has a Control Panel icon. Double clicking it reveals the complete contains of the Control Panel. I thought to myself 'Pretty sweet, but how does it work?'. I quickly found the answer. The folder extension references the GUID (Global Unique Identifier) for the Control Panel in the registry and lists everything contained in the Control Panel.

Till then,
Scott

Search and find a file or folder in Windows 7

Windows 7 provides several ways to find files and folders. There isn't one best way to search—you can use different methods for different situations.

Use the search box on the Start menu

You can use the search box on the Start menu to find files, folders, programs, and e-mail messages stored on your computer.


The Search Box on the Start menu

To find an item using the Start menu:

  • Click the Start button, and then type a word or part of a word in the search box.
  • Search results appear as soon as you start typing in the search box.

    As you type, items that match your text will appear on the Start menu. The search results are based on text in the file name, text in the file, tags, and other file properties.

    Note:
    When searching from the Start menu, only files that have been indexed will appear in search results. Most files on your computer are indexed automatically. For example, anything you include in a library is automatically indexed. Click here for more information about performing faster searches using indexing options in Windows 7

    Use the search box in a folder or library

    You're often likely to be looking for a file that you know is in a particular folder or library, such as Documents or Pictures. Browsing for the file might mean looking through hundreds of files and subfolders. To save time and effort, use the search box at the top of Windows Explorer.

    To open Windows Explorer:

    Press To
    +E Open My Computer.
    +F Search for a file or folder.


    The search box in a folder or library

    The search box filters the current view based on text that you type. The search looks for text in the file name and contents; and in the file properties, such as in tags. In a library, the search includes all folders included in the library as well as subfolders within those folders.

    To search for a file or folder by using the search box:

  • Type a word or part of a word in the search box.
    As you type, the contents of the folder or library are filtered to reflect each successive character you type. When you see the file that you want, stop typing.
  • You can also use other techniques in the search box to quickly narrow down a search. For example, if you're searching for a file based on one or more if its properties (such as a tag or the date the file was last modified), you can use search filters to specify the property in your search. Or, you can type keywords in the search box to narrow down your results even further. Click here to learn how to use search filters and keywords in Windows 7.

    Expand a search beyond a specific library or folder

    If you can't find what you're looking for in a specific library or folder, you can expand the search to include different locations.

    1. Type a word in the search box.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, do one of the following:
      • Click Libraries to search across every library.
      • Click Computer to search across your entire computer. This is the way to search for files that aren't indexed (such as system or program files). However, be aware that the search will be slower.
      • Click Custom to search specific locations.
      • Click Internet to search online, using your default web browser and your default search provider.

    Using search filters and keywords when searching in Windows 7

    Searching in Windows 7 can be as simple as typing a few letters in the search box, but there are also advanced searching techniques that you can use. You don't have to know these techniques to search for your files, but they can be helpful depending on where your searching and what you're searching for.

    Adding search filters

    Search filters are a new feature in Windows 7 that make searching for files by their properties (such as by author or by file size) much easier.

    To add a search filter to your search


    The search box in a folder or library

    1. Open the folder, library, or drive that you want to search.
    2. Click in the search box, and then click a search filter (for example, Date taken: in the Pictures library).
    3. Click one of the available options. (For example, if you clicked Date taken:, choose a date or a date range.)

    When you add a search filter, you'll notice that special keywords are automatically added to the search box. These keywords can help you refine your search by narrowing possibilities.

    You can add multiple search filters to a search, or even mix search filters with regular search terms to further refine your search.

    You can use two search filters to search for a picture tagged with "family" that was taken a long time ago.

    Depending on where you're searching, only certain search filters are available. For example, if you're searching the Documents library, you'll see different search filters than you would in the Pictures library. You can't specify which search filters you'll see, but you can change the type of file that a library is optimized for. This will, in turn, change which search filters are available when searching that library.

    Using keywords to refine a search

    When searching for a specific file, most people just type the name of the file in the search box. But you can also search for a file based on its contents or properties. Type "summer," for example, and it will find files named "sunset in summer.jpg," files tagged with "summer," and files with the word "summer" in the content. This broad approach to search usually helps you find your file quickly.

    You can search by any file property. For example, if you know a file's type, you can just enter the file extension ("JPG" for example) in the search box. Or, if you don't know the extension, you can type "document," "picture," or "music" to search for files of a specific kind.

    If you want to search more selectively, you can type certain keywords (such as "Name:" or "Tag:") in the search box to specify which file property to search. This typically involves typing a property name followed by a colon, and then typing a value. Here are some examples of search terms:

    Example search term

    Use this to

    Name:Sunset

    Find only files that have the word sunset in the file name.

    Tag:Sunset

    Find only files that are tagged with the word sunset.

    Modified:05/25/2006

    Find only files that were modified on that date. You can also type Modified:2006 to find files changed at any time during that year.

    Another way to refine a search is to use Boolean filters to combine search words using simple logic. When you type Boolean filters such as AND or OR, you need to use all capital letters.

    Boolean filter

    Example search term

    Use this to

    AND

    tropical AND island

    Find files that contain both words "tropical" and "island" (even if those words are in different places within the file).

    NOT

    tropical NOT island

    Find files that contain the word "tropical," but not "island."

    OR

    tropical OR island

    Find files that contain either of the words "tropical" or "island."

    Quotes

    "tropical island"

    Find files that contain the exact phrase "tropical island."

    Parentheses

    (tropical island)

    Find files that contain both words "tropical" and "island," in any order.

    >

    date: > 01/05/06

    Find files that have an attribute more than or later than a certain value, such as after 01/05/06.

    <

    size: < 4 MB

    Find files that have an attribute less than or earlier than a certain value, such as fewer than 4 MB. (You can also specify other sizes, such as KB and GB.)

    You can even combine Boolean filters with other search terms. The following table shows how you can get very different results using the same search words but different Boolean filters. (Note how the use of parentheses can change the effect of a search term.)

    Example search term

    Use this to

    author: Charlie AND Herb

    Find files that are authored by Charlie as well as any files that include Herb in the file name or in any file property.

    author: (Charlie AND Herb)

    Find only files that are authored by both names.

    author: "Charlie Herb"

    Finds only files that are authored by someone with exactly this name.

    Using natural language search

    You can turn on Natural language search to perform searches in a simpler way, without using colons and without the need to enter AND and OR in capital letters. For example, compare these two searches:

    Without natural language

    With natural language

    kind: music artist: (Beethoven OR Mozart)

    music Beethoven or Mozart

    kind: document author: (Charlie AND Herb)

    documents Charlie and Herb

    To turn on natural language search


    The Search tab under Folder Options

    1. Click on the Start menu, then Control Panel, then Appearance and Personalization, then Folder Options.
    2. Click the Search tab.
    3. Select the Use natural language search check box.

    Even with natural language search turned on, you can continue to use the search box in exactly the same way. If you want to use Boolean filters or search keywords, you can. The difference is that you can also enter searches using a less formal method. Here are some examples:

    • e-mail today
    • documents 2006
    • author Susan
    • pictures vacation

    Note:
    When you turn on natural language search, some searches might give more results than you expect. For example, if you search for "e-mail today" you will see all messages sent today as well as any messages with the word "today" in the contents.

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