This is just so typical of me. I finally get accepted into a shiny network on the basis of great content and… I stop writing content. In my defense, enough manure has hit the fan at work today to fertilize the entire of the Home Counties. But that really is no excuse. I’ve set myself a goal of trying to do a post a day (or at least every other day), and I do hate to fail at things, so —
Iâ€™ve been a bit mean about Windows in the past, and I stick to my guns — I much prefer the Apple experience. But I always admit when Iâ€™m wrong, and I was wrong about something.
With the Tiger version of OSX, Apple released something called â€˜Spotlightâ€™ that searches the entire hard drive in new and exciting ways. It automatically searches for any instance of a word WITHIN documents. Know you saved something, sometime, about â€œyellow submarinesâ€ but canâ€™t remember what the document was called? What sort of document it was (jpg, pdf, txt or doc)? Or where you saved it? Type â€˜yellow submarineâ€™ into Spotlight, and it will find it for you. Quickly.
(Ok, in the case of my machine, not too quickly, but thatâ€™s my bad for having an elderly PowerBook without the RAM really needed, and installing the new OS over the top of the old, instead of a fresh install. I know I have to at least wipe the HD and start over, upgrade the memory, but… *sigh* Part of me is experiencing an almost masochistic glee in seeing how far I can push the poor computer).
Spotlight was a feature I fell in love with the moment I used it — whilst I am quite anal about filenaming conventions, thereâ€™s always that one document you canâ€™t remember what you called or where you saved it. Since I started using Spotlight, I used Finder (a bit like Windows Explorer) less and less to drill down through the hierarchical folder structure.
And I gloated over Windows users, saying that they didnâ€™t have this option to search within files.
Um. Turns out I was wrong *blush* In XP at least, it is possible. So the process is not as simple and intuitive as with the Mac â€“ five to ten mouse clicks and keystrokes as opposed to two â€“ but then thatâ€™s hardly new when comparing Windows and Mac. So yeah, I was wrong. It is possible to search within files using Windows Explorer. If you’re curious, the option is lurking somewhere in the advanced search settings. In the process of discovering this little feature (all because Moose told me to stop gloating because Windows users actually already had this functionality) I also managed to turn off the annoying little dog that pops up when you do a search on the computers at work.
Bit of a win-win situation really, even if it does mean my geek hat is slipping slightly.
Bugger. Something about Windows I can no longer complain about.