Posts Tagged ‘search’

Microsoft Broke Search in Windows 10 Somehow

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you’ve been having problems with Windows 10 search functions recently, you’re not the only one. Fortunately though, there’s a simple fix.

So if you have been getting nothing but blank results when running searches on Windows 10, you are not alone in this. Reports about search failure on Windows 10 devices started to fill the usual chat rooms with frustrated and angry users of the operating system. All reports were identical: Search worked on the device before, but after a reboot or restart, it stopped working. Nothing the users tried brought search functionality back.


Gmail Search to Inform You about Matches in Spam

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Whenever I’m trying to find a missing email, the Spam folder is usually the first place I look.

Google is rolling out a feature currently to Gmail on the web that changes how search works on the service. To sum it up, search takes into account matches found in spam on Gmail which it did not before. Previously, search only took into account all regular folders such as inbox or user defined folders as well as the trash when you ran a search on Gmail.


Google HTTP Search – Yes, It’s Still Possible

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

It’s debatable how useful this trick might be (especially from a security or privacy standpoint,) but it’s still an interesting trick.

Google began to implement SSL on its search engine back in 2010. First on its own domain name, then as a mandatory feature for logged in Google users, and after a while for all users on the main Google Search website. Workarounds to use HTTP instead of HTTPS on Google Search existed ever since the company began implementing HTTPS on its properties but lately most of them were either retired by Google or switched to use HTTPS instead.


Latest Windows 10 Insider Build Fixes Start Menu, Search and Other Issues

Monday, September 21st, 2015

I’m so old, that I can remember when Microsoft used to fix these kinds of problems before they released new software to consumers …

Microsoft continues its work on Windows 10 and has just released a new build to the Fast Ring channel. The company has changed how operating system updates are created and deployed significantly with the release of Windows 10. Instead of releasing big Service Pack or Feature updates, it is pushing out smaller updates to select channels.


Google Improves Unwanted Software Protection in Chrome and Search

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This seems like it will be helpful, but as the article points out it will be interesting to see if these warnings apply to large download sites too.

Potentially unwanted software is a big issue in today’s computing. It is largely a problem on Windows systems and usually refers to the bundling of unwanted programs with software that you have downloaded from the Internet. The recent Lenovo scandal has shown that potentially unwanted software may also be added to systems by manufacturers of said devices.


Firefox 33 – What’s New

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Here’s a nice summary of the new features and changes that are provided by Firefox 33 …

All versions of the Firefox web browser will be updated to the next major version in the coming 24 hour period. This means that the stable version of the browser, currently at version 32.0.3, will be updated to version 33. In addition, Firefox Beta, Aurora and Nightly versions will be updated to version 34, 35 and 36 respectively.


Google Says Goodbye to Search’s Instant Preview Feature

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I’m definitely going to miss the instant preview feature … I wonder if they’ll eventually replace it with some other type of preview feature?

We all know that Google likes to tweak and test, and that the company is using A-B tests regularly on company websites. Google has changed the search results page significantly in recent time. First, by introducing features such as Instant Previews or the Knowledge Graph sidebar, and then by removing the black navigational toolbar and moving the search tools from the left sidebar to the top of the page.


Opera’s On-Page Search is Superior

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

I haven’t used Opera all that much myself, but this does sound like a useful feature …

While Firefox is my main browser, I have other browsers installed on my system at all times. This includes Internet Explorer, two versions of Google Chrome, two versions of Opera and lesser known browsers such as Maxthon. Today I’d like to highlight why I think that Opera’s on-page search implementation is superior to that of other browsers.


Sort Items in Google’s Black Bar the Way You want

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Here’s a cool trick for personalizing the Google search page … I don’t really have a problem with the default layout myself, but it’s still nice to know that it can be changed.

For now, Google displays a black bar at the top of most of its properties that link to other Google properties. If you look at the bar right now, you will notice that it links to Search, Images, Maps, Gmail and of course the Google+ profile. The items listed here are partially there because they are the most popular services that Google has to offer, but also because of the company’s agenda to push services such as Google+.


Google Search+ ‘Violating Users’ Privacy’

Friday, January 13th, 2012

It will be interesting to see how this story plays out; if successful, this challenge could drastically change the way that Google+ works …

Privacy watchdog that had successfully challenged the search giant over Buzz now calls on regulators to probe Google+

An influential privacy watchdog has asked the US government to investigate Google+, the search giant’s social network, claiming it may violate people’s privacy and raises anti-trust concerns.