A better way to search

You really owe it to yourself to try this out: Dave’s Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar

I originally saw this on the Joel on Software site where Joel was touting it as an incredibly cool and useful too. I downloaded it, and sure enough, it’s been the best addition to my computer in the last year. At first it just seems like a quick way to launch a Google search. “But I already have the Google Toolbar” you may say, and a fine tool that is. But the Deskbar goes way beyond that. It has a zillion built-in customized searches, so you can just as quickly and easily search for a book at Amazon or the weather for your zip code or a stock price. There’s also a cool tool-building tool called the Search Wizard that helps you create your own customized searches.

One of the best features is the fact that you can get to it without taking your hands off the keyboard, so you can do quick searches in the middle of other tasks in minimal time. Let’s say you’re on the phone, and somebody mentions the Viola da Gamba. Without missing a beat, you type Windows Key + S followed by “Viola da Gamba!” The exclamation point does a speedy “I’m feeling lucky” search, and voila (I mean viola) you’re looking at the Viola da Gamba Society of America website. There you quickly learn that Viola da Gamba means leg-viol, or violin played between the legs, and not “Shrimp Violin” (Viola da Gambero) as you suspected. Embarrassing faux pas averted… Dave’s Deskbar saves the day.