Ezine 185 Joongel – A New Search Engine
My first reaction to a new Search Engine (or browser) is that we have enough of them already. My second thought is competition is good. The main reason that I gave Joongel a second look was that it was recommended by Paul DeBrino. The ‘killer’ use for Joongel is when you are looking for the best deal before buying an expensive item.
It amuses that every new application claims to be easy to use. It’s not that Joongel is particularly hard to navigate, just that I paused for a few seconds before I found the home page, and hesitated before I could see where and what to type in the search boxes. Is this my senility? Or me expecting that every application will be easier than the application that I use now. The truth is that even the world’s best application will need ‘play’ time before we understand all its features. Thus the real trick of Joongel, or any application, is make it easy to get started, yet have enough depth to satisfy all our needs.
Summary: Guy agrees with Paul DeBrino, Joongel is worth a look.
*Editors Note: Joongel has been discontinued
What I like about SolarWinds is their mantra of ‘built by network engineers for network engineers’. If you get a chance look around their site and seek out the head geek videos. Josh Stephens is that rare geek, someone with network skills, who can also explain lucidly on camera what is going and how to configure the settings. Now I must confess to an impure thought, Josh is so slick on the videos that I wondered if he was in fact an actor, but no, Josh is the real deal, a techie who talks the talk AND walks the walk.
As my website indicates, over the years I have dabbled with tweaking computer performance. However, I regard Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM) as the ‘big tackle’. Big in the sense that has the power to zoom into network trouble spots, and big in the comprehensive range of checks that it manages. If you are reviewing performance monitors, then take advantage of Solarwinds offer to download a free trial of Orion NPM v10.2.
The Remaining 4 Readers Recommendations
Here are the other 4 winners of the ‘ripper’ competition that I ran 3 editions ago. The reason that I only give first names is that in Guy’s rough and ready guide to competitions, I don’t collect details such as lastname, and ‘do you want anonymity’. However, I want to scotch rumours that all the winners were personal friends of mine!
Naturally, my main purpose in publishing these links to utilities is to help you the reader. However, my other reason is to encourage at least some of you to create new tools. It seems to me that what happens is that someone discovers a gap where there is no tool, so they make one. Most of these creations are pretty basic, and many probably don’t make further than their inventor’s own machine. However, some develop a life of their own and evolve into a medium size enterprise. In addition to being readers’ recommendations, these 4 utilities neatly illustrate the stages people go through in developing tools for the rest of us.
1) PowerOff by Jorgen Bosman – Recommended by Jim http://users.telenet.be/jbosman/applications.html
2) Rdtabs by Timothy Carroll – Recommended by Harold http://www.avianwaves.com/Tech/Tools/RDTabs/
3) PowerGui by Quest Software – Recommended by David
Here is a specialist add-on to help PowerShell scripters, particularly with Active Directory queries. Incidentally, these last two got my vote because I felt it was useful in reminding me, and some readers, of utilities that are old friends. http://www.powergui.org/index.jspa
4) Sysinternals by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell – Recommended by Kevin
Genius may be too strong a word to use about Mark Russinovich, however he is that rare person that understands all the computer theory, is able to empathise with what ordinary users need, and most importantly explains, complex concepts in simple terms. It’s no surprise that all his Sysinternals tools deliver the goods.
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Funny Safety Signs
Do you know how an electrician tells if he’s working with AC or DC power?
If it’s AC, his teeth chatter when he grabs the conductors.
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