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Brian livingston By Brian Livingston

We’re doing our part to make it easy for you to get the technical info you need about Microsoft Windows.

We’ve developed for your use, absolutely free, two browser search add-ins that let you fetch articles not just from but also from an expert set of Windows-specific sites on the Web.

I announced on Apr. 17 that we’d built two entirely new search tools for you:

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  • Our Windows Secrets search engine, rebuilt from scratch using in-house code, lets you retrieve anything our site has ever published. Plus, using our advanced-options feature, you can also search articles from Fred Langa’s LangaList, which merged with Windows Secrets in 2006.

    Try a Windows Secrets search

  • Our new Google API code, programmed using the search giant’s developer toolkit, queries every Web site that Google has determined to be an “authority” on Microsoft Windows. This means you no longer have to wade through sites on vinyl windows — you just get solid high-tech info.

    Try our Google Windows-related site search

Using our add-ins, you can now run either kind of query from the comfort of your own browser, without having to surf to our search page first.

Windows secrets search plug-ins Figure 1. After you install our search add-ins, you can easily retrieve any Windows Secrets article or use our specially developed Google API code to search every site that’s a Windows authority.

Both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 (and higher) support search add-ins. You can install an add-in that searches just, one that uses the Google API to search all Windows authority sites, or both.

Figure 1 shows what your search input box might look like after you install both of our browser tools. Our add-ins are the last two items on the drop-down menu shown.

There’s no cost for the add-ins, and you can easily install and uninstall these capabilities whenever you like. To install our free tools, visit our plug-ins page.

Vickie stevensBoth of our browser add-ins, as well as the underlying technology for our Google API project, were coded by our research director, Vickie Stevens (photo, left).

I now use her search toys almost every day to look up an old article or find the latest on some new Windows boo-boo — and everything in between.

I almost always find better-targeted tech information using our Google API tool than I do using the generic version of itself. I hope you’ll enjoy discovering just the right stuff for your informational needs as well.

Meet me in Hong Kong on June 15, free of charge

Our readers in China will be able to attend the first in a series of free seminars that I’m planning in major cities around the world.

I announced on June 5 that Windows Secrets subscribers in the Hong Kong area could join me on June 15 for a private discussion of how you’re using Microsoft Windows. The cost of this meeting was originally set at $9 U.S. (about 70 HKD) but — thanks to good fortune on an attractive conference space we found — we can now allow our readers to register absolutely free!

Hong kong skylineMeeting with Brian Livingston
Sunday, June 15, 2008, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Excelsior Hotel
281 Gloucester Road (near Causeway Bay Metro station)
Hong Kong, PRC
Business Center, 33rd Floor, room number to be announced
Free of charge with pre-registration

(photo courtesy of the Excelsior)

You’ll have to hurry — you must pre-register before 5 p.m. Hong Kong Time June 13 (2 a.m. Pacific Time) to be included. Space is limited, so let me know right away if you’d like to attend.

Use this link to pre-register

This meeting is a trial run for gatherings I’d like to hold in coming months in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, and elsewhere. I’ll let you know about those plans when they’re firmed up. Thanks for your support!

Brian Livingston is editorial director of and the co-author of Windows Vista Secrets and 10 other books.
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