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Windows: If all you need is local search you have many great search tools to choose from — like the lightning-fast Everything — but it gets sparser when you look for local and networked. Index Your Files covers both bases effectively.
Google announced in an official blog post that, a few weeks back, they began considering site response speed in a web page’s ranking in search results. Google has been all about speed for some time, but this subtle introduction could eventually mean big things for sites that put a priority on swift loading — and for those that don’t seem to care at all.
iPhone/iPad: The native PDF reader on portable Apple devices isn’t quite a genius app, especially with larger files. To read huge PDFs, Office docs and other documents, and grab them over Wi-Fi, Dropbox or other web services, try GoodReader.
Windows/Mac/Linux: It continues to amaze, just how easy it is to control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse with Synergy. QSynergy clamps a crisp, generally easy-to-grasp interface onto Synergy, giving it the update its long deserved.
37Signals honcho and Rework author Jason Fried explains why his company, and perhaps yours, benefits mightily from making passive tools like web chat, IM and even email a default communication tool, rather than calling meetings, yelling names and knocking on doors.
A useful but hard-to-locate tweak for Outlook: its calendar defaults to 30-minute appointments, but if you want to break up your day into smaller or larger chunks, you can also choose 5, 6, 10, 15 or 60 minute gaps. Just right-click on the Calendar, choose Other settings and pick your time setting. For more calendar trickery, learn how to customise customise how many days you can see ahead. [via Crabby Office Lady]
My Road Worrier column on when credit cards go wrong travelling overseas attracted a lot of interesting comments. Here’s some further thoughts on the topic, based around my own recent experiences travelling in Europe