I find it easier to read off of a screen if I can scribble on the document, adding my own notes and ideas. There’s a program called Foxit Reader that lets you do that. The free version does everything that I need it to do.
This is old news but if you’re stuck with a lousy selection of fixed-width fonts in Windows XP, you might want to take a look at Consolas, a new fixed-width font that comes with Microsoft Visual Studio and Vista. It’s a big improvement on Lucida Console and Courier New.
…2007 May 15
It looks good on my laptop but not as great on another desktop that I tried.
If you have XP, you can get Consolas at least three ways:
- Get it with MS Visual Studio 2005.
- Download PowerPoint Viewer 2007
- Download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007
Earlier, I compared Google and Yahoo Desktop. At that time, I thought Yahoo was better for the types of searches that I do. I mainly search for text inside 391 (and counting) papers stored on my computer in pdf form.
Now I have found a desktop search that I like even more: Copernic. It uses fewer system resources than Yahoo and looks a bit cleaner.
The first thing that I do when I setup a desktop search is to ensure that it searches only in the directories where I keep my papers. That speeds up the search by making the results more relevant and uses less RAM and CPU in the background.