Everything - Search files or folders instantly and see updates in real time (Windows)




Everything is a very simple small tool and it does its job perfectly. It's searches for files and folders and get instant. I prefer it over the built-in Windows search. It's super fast and it works in real time. If a software is creating new files, I can see what's being created in real time. For example I can know which files are being created and deleted during an installation.

I use it mostly to locate files. There are many times when I forget where a certain file is located or I don't remember the full name of a file. Everything helps me find it in seconds using wildcards ore regular expressions. I can sort by file name or date or size and pinpoint which file I am interested in. I open different files many times during the day and instead of wading through folders in the open file dialog, I locate the file using Everything and right-click and copy its full path and paste in the dialog. Save me a few seconds. Using tools to shave seconds from every operation during the day adds up a lot. Don't underestimate the time savings. I always seek to be highly productive, even in the mundane daily tasks.

Everything also helps me locate duplicate files. For example when I am searching for a certain file and instantly notice I have more than one copy of it. It helps me also troubleshoot issues when a piece of software is actually using the wrong version or wrong location of a file.

It's a tool which is useful in ever increasing disk drive sizes and having potentially millions of files scattered all over the place.


Use a captcha only when absolutely needed. We hate captchas




Some of the bulletin board software like vBulleting need to practice better web usability. Today I was doing several searches and in each time I had to enter a captcha. I am not sure what the issue is. Do some sites have problems with bots doing automated searches that they have to place a captcha? Even if they have a valid reason, why can't they bring up a captcha the first time only instead of every single time? If the first attempt passes the verification, pass in a cookie with a value that I am a real human. It's simple.

This whole captcha is getting out of control. I am logged in into the site, isn't that proof that I am human? Or bring up a captcha only if the site detects an overwhelming search attempts from the same ip address during a set period of time. Don't just bring up a friction causing verification system automatically in the first search attempt and every one thereafter without trying to see if the search attempts are slowing down the system. If you're running a spiffy system which can handle thousands of searches, do you really need a captcha? Or are you trying to protect your site from scrapers?

Whatever your reason is, bring up a verification system only when you really have to.

You can read my other post about a non intrusive human verification system without using captchas.


Reasons why I don't like the Bose QuietComfort Headphones




You can read other more elaborate reviews on other sites about the different Bose QuietComfort headphones but I wanted to write my own personal unflattering experience with these headphones. I purchased both QuietComfort 15, the first generation I think and the next generation QuietComfort 2. After trying sound isolating headphones from different companies, I have to say that I am not impressed with the Bose headphones. I haven't been using any Bose headphones for years now. What I use now are earphones from Etymotic. I think they make the best earphones.

Why I don't like the Bose QuietComfort headphones:

1- Pricy. Why is it impossible to find any for less than $299!?  I couldn't find ANY discounted ones anywhere. The newer QuietComfort 3 are $349. They are not getting cheaper any day. I bought tens of gadgets and I use comparison shopping sites, like bizrate, to find the best prices. These sites quote the same price ($299 or $349) for the Bose headphones. What do you call the situation when you can't find a product for less than the retail price? Price fixing? I find it odd that Amazon, whose prices are usually lower than retail, sells them for more than retail price. Good luck finding any new QuietComforts for less than $299 at a store.

2- Older models are not getting cheaper. Why is the first generation model still being sold for $299 when two newer models, 2 & 3, are out? Model 2 is selling for the same price as the first gen model. This makes no sense to me.

3- Compared to ear phones, they are bulky. After using earphones, earphones are a lot more comfortable than headphones which sit on your head and have some weight. Would you rather go to the gym or walk in the streets wearing headphones or wearing light barely visible earphones.

4- Earphones are more comfortable. After using the Bose cushion-your-ears for extended periods of time, my exterior parts of my ears "get tired" as if they need a break.

5- I can hear the Bose headphones "working" doing its noise cancelling workout. The whole experience doesn't feel natural to me. It's artificial. Sometimes I hear 'popping' sounds which are intrusive and annoying.

6- The earphones which fit inside my ear canals do a better job in noise cancellation than some big battery operated headphones. And not any earphones. I don’t like the ones from Apple where the circular body sits outside the ear canal. I hate these. Pretty uncomfortable. I like the ones with silicone flange which isolate the ear canal with a comfortable fit, again like the ones from Etymotic which also comes with other types of fits, silicone, rubber and flexible sponge.

I am sorry to say that these Bose headphones are overpriced and overhyped. You can get a lot cheaper noise cancelling headphones from companies like Sony.

Personally I much prefer the Etymotic earphones. I even had a $500 Shure earphones and Etymotic ones are better. Even the lowest end Etymotic Research ER6i works very well and it costs less than a third than any Bose QuietComfort.

(Note: I have no affiliations with any company in this post. I like to talk about good products and I like to talk about not so good products. I want to help people make more informative decisions when they buy a product)


Maximize use of page space for content browsing purposes

You can say I am a Maximizer type of screen guy. I use two monitors and I want each app to use the full screen. I want to see as much as I can and use my screen as fully as possible. The apps I use tend to use a lot of menus and options. They are more usable to me when they are maximized. That's why whenever I visit a site which uses less than half of available screen real estate space and I have to page and page over and over to view more content, I start to wonder if this is efficient and very useful.

Today I was visiting icondemon.com and browsing their available icons. For each page I had to scroll up or down to view the rest of the icons while seeing all the empty space on the sides. Why not use that space to display more icons? Why not open a full screen lightbox and shows a lot of icons. Or Make it a continuous smooth scrolling which updates through AJAX in the background? This will minimize paging.

I will give them credit for putting the paging navigation at both ends of the browsing area. This way I don't have to scroll both ways on a page.


If you have a quality brand web site why is your ancillary service web page cheap looking or so disjoint from your main site?

There are times when I subscribe to a service like a newsletter or email offers from a high quality known brand. These brands have web sites which cost millions to build. Yet for some reason their self help control panel for unsubscribing from their newsletter seem to have been built in a rush and made to just function only. Pages that have no layout quality, no brand logo & no colors. Even the final page which displays the "You have unsubscribed", it often shows up in a white page with that line only. I personally think this cheapens the brand. It's as if their web design budget ran out when they worked on that part of the project. I know these pages are not used often and by few users but still they deserve more attention than that. An extra hour of work can give such a page a much more polished look & feel.

What I am even more surprised about is that the companies seem to be using third party tools or services which deal with the newsletters. This means everything about creating, sending, maintaining users and unsubscribing IS their core business and not the brand company's. So this makes little sense to me. If you create a tool or service, everything about it should look and be professional. The tool or service should be using good looking templates and the company using the templates at least be customize it easily and add their logo. It's best if all web pages have the look of main site instead of totally different design.

Similarly, this issue goes along with the 404 pages. A company should use custom 404 pages instead of the web server's built in ones which are generic and unbranded.


Use SSL for ANY form with sensitive information. Plus a way to get a cheap SSL certificate

Use SSL for any web page which has a form that captures sensitive information.  The other day I was filling a survey which captured some sensitive information and I noticed the page wasn't secured. It was not using https. SSL is not for banking or credit care capture only. If there's any slight hint the captured information, if leaked, could do any kind of damage to the information owner, you as a web page owner, should secure the page by using an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate can be purchased cheaply for about $10 a year. A secured page gives more confidence to the web page user.

Here's a trick to get a cheaper GoDaddy cert than their advertised cert on their site. Google for 'cheap SSL cert' or Google for some of their cheap competitors certs and you might see a GoDaddy sponsored ad popping for cheaper than any of their competitors. I don't guarantee this is true every time. Last time I shopped for a cert I noticed GoDaddy's ads trying to get me as a customer. Try different keyword combinations. Something will trigger a GoDaddy cheap cert ad. Use the link in the ad as it will go to a special page for the lower price.