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How to make Google Chrome use Microsoft Bing for Search

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Microsoft’s new Search Decision Engine called Bing is live now (in preview/beta). I thought Bing meant “Bing Is Not Google” but apparently “bing!” is the “sound of found.” Found it! Bing!

If you use Google Chrome as your browser you can make Bing your default search. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Wrench Icon in Google Chrome and click Options.
  2. Click “Manage” under Default Search.
  3. Click “Add” and make the form look like this:
    chrome_add_search_engine_bing
  4. Now with your new Bing entry selected, click Make Default.

bing_search_result_page_microsoft

Go give Bing! a try. I’m going to use Bing for the whole month of June and see how it goes. I’ll blog my results.

Technical International Note: If you’re outside the US, while Bing is rolling out over the next few days (it’s literally rolling) you can temporarily force it to think you’re in the US with this Bing URL.

Feel free to post your Bing tips and impressions here in the comments, or follow @bing on Twitter.

Ballmer Says He Loves Yahoo…

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… For Its Search Volume

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at a conference that he’s still interested in acquiring Yahoo in order to build a search powerhouse that could better compete against Google.

Ballmer made those comments on-stage Thursday at the McGraw-Hill Media Summit in New York during a conversation with BusinessWeek Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler.

Yahoo last year rejected Microsoft’s offer to acquire the search engine giant, worth nearly $45 billion.

Ballmer said Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo is not about search technology, as Microsoft already has the technology. Instead, he said, the interest is in the volume of the searches.

“It’s really about getting the pooled volume, because you actually can improve your product faster if you have more users,” he said. “The more users you have, the more data you have about what users are interested in. The more users you have, the more advertisers you get. That doesn’t just help with revenue. The more advertisers you have, the more relevant you can make the ads.”

Ballmer cited, as an example, a user searching for Thirteenth Century Venetian art, where it might be nice to have an ad from a Thirteenth Century Venetian art dealer. “They’re not bidding on LiveSearch right now,” he said. “But we’ll say you want to buy a book on Venice, and who knows what Google might say.”

So there are returns to scale, and putting the scale together is valuable, Ballmer said.

“From a technology perspective, whether we call it Kumo or whatever it is, it’s all about doing great table takes, playing the relevance game as well as Google, and then driving super hard on driving the user experience in ways that are valuable to the user,” he said.

Microsoft is following that strategy with or without Yahoo, but the question is one of scale, Ballmer said.

He said that after Carol Bartz took over last month as CEO of Yahoo, he talked to her over the phone and said they should talk more after she has had time to settle in. “I’m sure, when it’s appropriate, we’ll have a chance to sit down and talk,” he said.

Ballmer said he has known Bartz for years as a straightforward, friendly person. “If I want to talk to her about something, when she’s ready, we’ll have a real discussion because she’s that kind of a person,” he said. “Whether a deal gets done or not, who knows?”

When asked straight out by Adler whether Ballmer thinks there will ultimately be a deal between Microsoft and Yahoo, Ballmer said in response, “I think there are a lot of things that are fairly compelling economically in trying to put together our two search efforts in some kind of a partnership. Obviously, I spoke fairly strongly economically with the bid we made last year. I got bailed out of this economy by Yahoo on that. But it speaks to the fact that I do think there is a fairly compelling set of economics that underpin the idea of a search partnership, and, unless I’m fooling myself, over time I would expect there’s a good opportunity for a deal.”

Search For Hidden Or System Files In Windows XP

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The Search companion in Windows XP searches for hidden and system files differently than in earlier versions of Windows. This guide describes how to search for hidden or system files in Windows XP.

Search for Hidden or System Files By default, the Search companion does not search for hidden or system files. Because of this, you may be unable to find files, even though they exist on the drive.

To search for hidden or system files in Windows XP:
Click Start, click Search, click All files and folders, and then click More advanced options.

Click to select the Search system folders and Search hidden files and folders check boxes.

NOTE: You do not need to configure your computer to show hidden files in the Folder Options dialog box in Windows Explorer to find files with either the hidden or system attributes, but you need to configure your computer not to hide protected operating system files to find files with both the hidden and system attributes. Search Companion shares the Hide protected operating system files option (which hides files with both the system and hidden attributes) with the Folder Options dialog box Windows Explorer.

Set the Search Screen to the Classic Look

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When I first saw the default search pane in Windows XP, my instinct was to return it to its classic look; that puppy had to go. Of course, I later discovered that a doggie door is built into the applet. Click “Change preferences” then “Without an animated screen character.” If you’d rather give it a bare-bones “Windows 2000” look and feel, fire up your Registry editor and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer CabinetState.

You may need to create a new string value labeled “Use Search Asst” and set it to “no”.

Watch Google’s Panorama!!

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1. Go to

http://www.google.com

2. Click “images”
3. Fill in “bikes, flowers, cars” or any other word.
4. You will get a page with alot of images thumbnailed.
5. Now delete the URL on the addressbar (example: http://images.google.nl/images?hl=nl&q=flowers&btnG=Afbeeldingen+zoeken&gbv=2)
6. Copy the script down here, and paste it in your adressbar Smile!

javascript:R= 0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI= document.images ; DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i<DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position=’absolute’; DIS.left=Math. sin(R*x1+ i*x2+x3)* x4+x5; DIS.top=Math. cos(R*y1+ i*y2+y3)* y4+y5}R++ }setInterval(‘A()’,5); void(0)

Enjoy the show!!

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