RE: Input on desktop search utilities

Subject: RE: Input on desktop search utilities
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)" <diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com>, "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 15:06:21 -0500

Ditto for Windows Desktop Search -- including Boolean logic. And it's
not a resource or space hog; in fact, it pauses indexing while you work
and for extended periods if you ask it to sleep.

A new free tool that also does e-mail searching, and is quite handy for
extending the functionality of Outlook in a lot of other ways is xobni.
Bill Gates, FWIW, reportedly said its feature set is so useful he wishes
he'd thought of it himself. Whether that endorsement adds value for you
or not, I can say that some of those features -- instant access to
contact phone numbers, analytics indicating the most effective times to
e-mail a contact and get a reply, and a slick tool for threaded
conversations -- are well worthwhile.

Xobni, for instance, tells me that most e-mails from Diane Evans come
between 9 a.m. and noon Central Time, that you rank 74th on my list of
contacts in terms of recent e-mails exchanged, that there are 45
contacts in our mutual network, including the Techwr-L and TCP lists,
and that I have e-mails involving 64 conversations with you. For that
last, I have a reverse chronological list of those conversations, and I
know that before this one on utilities, you contributed one or more of
the 16 e-mails Xobni captured in the "Looking for a miracle" thread.
Were I to click on that thread, I'd see at a glance several lines from
each of those 16 e-mails without having to open them individually.

I have no affiliations with any of the software providers I've mentioned
in these last two e-mails. Just a happy user.


-----Original Message-----
From: Evans, Diane L (Rosetta) [mailto:diane_evans -at- merck -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 2:40 PM
To: Pinkham, Jim; Dan Goldstein; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Input on desktop search utilities

> I'll let others speak to X1

I've been using X1 for a couple of years now, and it is my favorite
utility. I don't use it a lot, but when I do, I really need it! Someone
might ask me for a document I wrote some time ago (weeks, months, years,
whatever) and with a few clues I can bring it up instantly. Sort of
like, "Didn't we have a document that talked about how to use the Widget
application? I know we don't use that app any more, but I need some

It really is amazing -- X1 searches files, documents of all kinds,
images, and even email attachments. It searches on your hard drive and,
with permission, on any network share you have permission to use.

Diane Evans
Requirements Analyst
Rosetta Inpharmatics

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Input on desktop search utilities: From: Dan Goldstein
RE: Input on desktop search utilities: From: Pinkham, Jim
RE: Input on desktop search utilities: From: Evans, Diane L (Rosetta)

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