Supersonic Search Engines
Whether your information haystack is on the Web, in e-mail, or on your desktop, one or more of these 5 search tools can extract the needle you seek with lightening speed.During mid-tide, the volume of water thundering through Nova Scotias Minas Channel in the Bay of Fundy exceeds the flow from every river and stream on Earth. The scene, looking out over that rugged coast, uncomfortably approximates the information tidal wave threatening to drown us all. The torrent of facts, figures, opinionsand garbagemakes search tools ever more vital. Weve looked at a number in the recent past, and here weve lashed those reviews together to give you a life raft. Ease of use, thoroughness, accuracy, and speed are critical in a utility designed to separate what is often a tiny amount of wheat from vast piles of chaff. The tool you choose also depends on where youre lookingon the Web or more locally, such as on your own system or a LANand how you can approach your search. In some cases you know specific terms that will produce relevant answers; in other cases, you have only concepts.
At this point, no single product addresses all these needs, so we look at five Windows solutions that, taken in one combination or another, should serve you well