Finding Needles in The LangaList Haystack

Dana R. Cardwell writes:

Since I’ve been with you since the 8/10/00 issue, I have a fair amount of info. I keep these because when I first read an article I may not need the info then but later go back to it when the need arises. As the info increases so does my search time to find what I’m looking for that I know I’ve read before. My question is, do you have a index to the topics in your newsletter?

Indeed: The LangaList is approaching its four-year anniversary, with some 30MB total of information published (counting all formats). That’s a lot to keep track of. 8-)

But there already are five ways to search. First, there are three, free, fast full-index searches available for you online that track every word in every issue. Although you do have to be connected to the Internet to use them, the searches take literally just a fraction of a second to return results, and they’re updated with each new issue so they’re always current.

Of these online searches, the more powerful is available in two forms. The "simple search" lets you type in one or more words; it finds the closest matches. You can narrow your search by adding increasingly-specific words to search for. The more powerful "advanced search"— the one I use most— has additional search/sort/display options, and really can zero in on anything. Both are available, for free, at http://www.langa.com/search.htm .

Another less-powerful search alternative is available if you have trouble with either of the first two searches: http://www.langa.com/search2.htm

The Plus! edition subscribers get two additional methods that don’t require that you be online. One is a full copy of all issues— standard and Plus, text and HTML, all the way back to issue #1— in compact Zip-file format. Using a tool like "Search and Replace" ( http://www.funduc.com/  ) or the good freeware search utility available at http://www.agentransack.com  , you can find just about anything in any issue in seconds.

The other option for Plus! subscribers is all the HTML LangaLists ever published packaged (by Plus! subscriber Bronson C. Elliott) as a standard Windows Help File. Everything’s in a single file, and can be self-searched using the Windows Help Engine’s standard (and familiar) interface. It’s fast and easy and slick.

You can get more info on the Plus! edition at http://www.langa.com/plus.htm .

In addition to the above, all back issues for the standard edition are available at http://www.langa.com/archives.htm And all back issues for the Plus! edition are available at http://www.langalist.com/plus/default.asp . All former WinMag "Explorer" columns are at http://content.techweb.com/winmag/columns/explorer/backissu.htm ; other WinMag columns are features are at http://www.freetune.com/most_popular_pages.htm,  and older InformationWeek columns are at http://www.informationweek.com/langaletter/archives.htm .

Search… and ye shall find! 8-)



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About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.