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Our search sucks! Why can't it work just like Google?

"Why can't I find what I'm looking for on my own companies website? I know the document/content is there -- I wrote it. When I use Google I don't have troubles finding what I'm searching for. Why can't we have Google for our website?" (This is a topic I would not typically post on this blog, but it's an often misunderstood issue that is raised frequently within companies -- an issue I've had to address many times.)

The short answer, whether searching your companies (public) website or intranet (website), is that your company websites are not like the Internet and therefore the same technology that Google has developed for you to search the Internet will not work for your company. "But Google sells a search appliance for the Enterprise -- why can't I just use that?"

Well, you can use Google's Search Appliance, and it may even be better than your current solution, but it wont live up to using Google to search the Internet. I have e…

Analyze your computer and reveal software keys

I've been using Belarc Advisor, a free personal tool for analyzing your Windows computer, for some time now. It will provide a detailed analysis of several items:
Installed hardwareInstalled software and version number
Windows Updates, and indicate if any are missingChecks for virus protection and last scanSoftware keysSoftware usage (frequency)User accounts and last login
What I like best is that it reports the software keys of my installed software. While it doesn't appear to grab all software keys on my personal computer, it lists all of them from my work computer including Microsoft, Adobe, Corel and TechSmith.

I recently used it before rebuilding my Dad's computer. In addition to being certain to have his software license keys, I was able to also view what programs he hadn't used in sometime -- therefore I didn't reinstall them.

Considering adding more RAM to your PC? Instead of taking the cover off to do a visual inspection, use Belarc Advisor to identify how muc…