After I compared three popular desktop-search programs a couple of weeks ago, the folks at Google contacted me about a couple of inaccuracies in that post. I had thought that because local files are listed above Web sites when you use Google to search in your browser, the ads that appear on the results page are related to the content of the local files. In fact, Google keeps an index of your local files on its servers only when you enable the Search Across Computers feature, which is off by default. And even then, the index disappears once the search … Read more
Here's another reason to get off that antisocial kick and get with the networking.
The Air Force is developing a data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders based on their e-mail activity--or lack thereof, according to an article in this month's International Journal of Security and Networks.
The technology, based on something called Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing (PDF), scours an organization's e-mail traffic and constructs a graph of social network interactions illustrating employee activity. If a worker suddenly stops socializing online, abruptly shifts alliances within the organization, or starts developing an unhealthy interest in "sensitive … Read more
Here is a list of all of the past episodes covering everything from Episode One through Episode 67. Any future episodes will be posted in their own entry on this blog.Gadgettes 67: The Pens Episode. Yes, Really. Gadgettes 66: The Trick or Treat Episode Gadgettes 65: The Beauty and the Geek Episode Gadgettes 64: The Bad Robots Episode Gadgettes 63: The Sky is Falling Episode Gadgettes 62: The Sophomoric Episode Gadgettes 61: The Fall Season Episode Gadgettes 60: The Kitchen Gadgets Episode Gadgettes 59: The iBoycott Episode (featuring toys!) Gadgettes 58: The "What the hell?" Episode Gadgettes 57: The Desperate Housewives episode Gadgettes 56: Yet another car episode Gadgettes 55: The Judge Me All You Want Episode Gadgettes 54: Get Your Sh*t Together Episode Gadgettes 53: The Format War Episode Gadgettes 52: The 'I Miss My Baby' Episode Gadgettes 51: The Wii Episode Gadgettes 50: The A Sante Episode Gadgettes 49: The 10 things to do while you wait for the iPhone episode Gadgettes 48: The Don't Lift a Finger Episode Gadgettes 47: The 'is it art?' Episode Gadgettes 46: The Where in the World Episode Gadgettes 45: The Road Trip Episode Gadgettes 44: The Playing With Fire Episode Gadgettes 43: The Underwater Edition Gadgettes 42: The Things We Want Episode Gadgettes 41: The Crafty Episode Gadgettes 40: The Eco-Frivolous Episode Gadgettes 39: The Relaxation Episode Gadgettes 38: The Easter Gadget Episode Gadgettes 37: The 'Things I Would Buy My Girlfriend' Episode… Read more
Yesterday Google rolled out video alerts to its Google Alerts service. If you've never used Alerts, it's a handy way to get Web content updates delivered straight to your e-mail inbox based on keywords. In the case of the new video search, Google will deliver links to videos it's indexed. So how is this helpful? Say you're a big video fan, and you dig seeing those Diet Coke and Mentos videos online. There are always some crazy teenagers out in the suburbs doing new things with them, and that equates to a lot of new videos. … Read more
While the debate rumbles on about hybrid-car fuel economy in real-world driving, J.D. Power and Associates this week published its Automotive Environmental Index of the 30 most environmental cars on the road. No fewer than 10 of the top 30 are hybrid vehicles--up from eight hybrids in last year's shortlist. Check out our slide show of the top 10 greenest hybrids.
There are essentially two ways to look at Windows Desktop Search. On the optimistic side, it's Microsoft's attempt to port some of Vista's search functionality to older Windows XP and 2000 systems. If you're more of a glass-half-empty type, though, it's more like Microsoft's half-hearted attempt to compete with other indexing desktop-search programs.
In the electronics industry's twin obsessions of products that are flat or small, what could be better than something that's both? TDK's Xa-10 mobile speakers, which are planned for the Japanese market, are not only flat but can also fit in your pocket with the approximate dimensions of an index card (but not quite as thin). MobileWhack says the thickness--0.63 inches, to be exact--is necessary to house a battery compartment, though the speakers can also be powered through a USB connection. The best part, other than their orange, lime and silver colors, is the price: $25.… Read more