Litigation Software dtSearch Demo

April 16, 2014

The dtSearch Desktop Demonstration Video on shows how to setup and search with dtSearch for Windows. The 12 minute video begins with an introduction to dtSearch, which is able to “recognize text in over 200 common file types.” By indexing the locations of words in different files, dtSearch is able to build an almost limitless index of documents. The demo walks through the setup of dtSearch. After naming the index,

“It is important to keep in mind that when we add items here, dtSearch is not creating copies… but links to those files. A good practice is to put the files and folder that we want to run searches on into a single centralized location, before we create the index… all we need to do is add this discovery folder, and the subfolders and files will be automatically included…dtSearch reads the text in the linked files and creates a searchable words list.”

Then you are able to search which index to search through, and limit it to one case, or all cases. The word appears with a number, show how often it appears in the index. Then you can add the keyword to the search request to find the documents in which the word appears. You are able to preview a document, copy a file, and create a search report. The demo goes into great detail about all of the search options, and should certainly be viewed in full to learn the best methods, but it does not provide metrics for the time required to build the initial index or update it. These metrics are useful.

Chelsea Kerwin, April 16, 2014

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

Bing Basics, Search Tips to Search Better

April 16, 2014

The article titled Master Bing and the Internet with This Guide to Search Engine Operators on Windows Phone Central focuses on “advanced operator references” to refine Bing search. Anyone who had to write a research essay in a freshman composition class may have had a similar lesson from their friendly librarian, and this article covers the basics admirably. It begins with how to use “and” to request several search terms. The article continues,

“Sometimes when you are searching the web, you want a quick and easy way to find images of a certain size; sure, you could always use the image size buttons within Bing Image search, but buttons are for “noobs”! Use the “ImageSize:” operator to quickly return images of certain dimensions. Valid search values are “small”, “medium”, and “large”. Example: “puppies imagesize:medium” – By typing this query into Bing, you will only receive image results of puppies that are categorized in the medium image size category.”

Other operator references are “contains” (for specific file types), “define” (for searching for a definition of the term), “ext” (also for specific file types, but even more limited), “feed” (for RSS feeds only), “filetype” (if you are bored with “ext”) and “language” (to request search results in a single language). Read the full article for more shortcuts and tips to master Bing search.

Chelsea Kerwin, April 16, 2014

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

SharePoint Opens Itself Up to Mobile Challenges Debate

April 16, 2014

Microsoft’s feelings have not been spared in the discussion of how late SharePoint was in coming to the mobile game. It seems as if they are digging themselves an ever-deepening hole. CMS Wire covers the latest news in their article, “Huddle Cofounder on SharePoint’s Mobile Challenges.”

The article begins:

“If Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella thought he was doing iPad users a favor by offering them Office support, all he accomplished was opening up a great big can of worms called collaboration, prompting some to argue that SharePoint has had its day. And while changes to Office don’t equate changes to SharePoint, the iPad launch spurred on a broader discussion amongst critics of the faults with SharePoint’s mobile collaboration capabilities.”

Stephen E. Arnold is a longtime leader in search and covers the latest search and enterprise news on his Web site, A lot of his recent SharePoint coverage has focused on mobile, but most of what SharePoint offers is mere catch-up compared to what users are expecting from consumer level technologies.

Emily Rae Aldridge, April 16, 2014

ArnoldIT Video: Search Brands Video

April 15, 2014

Whatever happened to Convera and the other four companies comprising the Top Five in enterprise search: Autonomy, Endeca, Fast Search & Transfer and Verity. The video also mentions Exalead and ISYS Search Software. The wrap up to the video points to three open source enterprise search options. For those who want to be reminded of the Golden Age of enterprise search, check out the free, six minute video from Stephen E Arnold, publisher of Beyond Search. Mr. Arnold is converting some of his research into brief, hopefully entertaining and useful free videos. You can access this short search history lesson at The next video in the series tackles the subject of buzzword, argot, jargon, lingo, and verbal baloney. What vendor is the leader in the linguistic linguini competition? The video will be available before the end of April. In the meantime, take a walk down memory lane and learn how Cornelius Vanderbilt obtained needed information in the early 19th century.

Kenneth Toth, April 15, 2014

How-To Guide for Amazon Search

April 15, 2014

The article on Search Engine Journal titled The Power of Amazon Search lays out the five main components of Amazon search for Amazon authors. The first is content, but the other four are more strategic. SEO experts are exceptional information managers, and this article is built around the components of sales, keywords, category, and reviews. It compares Google search to Amazon when it comes to keyword, and arrives at the following conclusion:

“The difference between doing a search on Google vs. Amazon is that with Amazon you do not want to rely on long tail keywords. Instead, you want to find the exact words people use when searching for a book. Aim for shorter phrases that reflect traditional book browsing. Think “Indian Cookbook” versus “Cookbook of traditional Indian dishes”. For example… when you type in the word Entrepreneur in Amazon there are 22,145 results? Comparatively, when you type in entrepreneurship there are 36,899 results.”

The category component builds on the keyword idea. Instead of opting for the broadest category, the article suggests narrowing your focus, and in turn your competition within a category. Similarly, the reviews component includes the advice to target the top reviewers, and aim for quality over quantity. It also links to Amazon’s Review Hall of Fame as a starting place.
Chelsea Kerwin, April 15, 2014

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

Secrecy News Talks Declassification

April 15, 2014

Declassified records are an interesting element to the public. But there is more to declassification than simply putting them out there for the public to find. Findability and search play a role also. Secrecy News focuses on the topic in their blog entry, “Putting Declassified Records to Good Use.”

The article says:

“The final, climactic step in the declassification of government records is not the formal removal of classification markings or even the transfer of the declassified documents to public archives. The culmination of the declassification process is when the records are finally examined by an interested reader and their contents are absorbed into the body of public knowledge.”

Secrecy News is an FAS project on government secrecy. They provide documentary resources on secrecy, intelligence, and national security. Interested readers can subscribe for regular updates. Secrecy is a hot topic due to the Snowden case, but this blog has been in business for years, and offers a steady flow of information, even if not completely original in scope.

Emily Rae Aldridge, April 15, 2014

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

Microsoft Creates its Own Competition

April 15, 2014

A lot of attention has been given to SharePoint’s competition in the file sharing market, namely Box and Dropbox. But it seems that with its latest move Microsoft has actually created its own competition. Read more in the IDM article, “Is OneDrive for Business the SharePoint Alternative?

The author writes:

“OneDrive for Business is Microsoft’s file sync, share and collaboration service. Microsoft announced that OneDrive for Business will become available as a standalone subscription service on March 3. This is good news for those who want the simplicity of Dropbox, but the security and control of Office 365. While some might see this as competition for the usual suspects in the file sharing space — Dropbox, Box, Google Drive — I think it’s a possible alternative to another, namely, SharePoint.”

It is true that while Microsoft touts the many merits of SharePoint beyond simple file sharing, file sharing is what it is best known for. Stephen E. Arnold spends a lot of time covering SharePoint on his Web site, His coverage proves that while SharePoint is widely adopted, it is also widely contested. It attempts to be all things to all people, but its huge platform is cumbersome. Organizations simply interested in file sharing may in fact look to the simpler OneDrive for Business.

Emily Rae Aldridge, April 15, 2014

Printed Information: The Burden of Adding Value

April 14, 2014

Navigate to your local news vendor (well, there aren’t many here in Harrod’s Creek) and buy a copy of the printed edition of the New York Times. Turn to page B3 of the April 14, 2014 edition and read “Leaner and More Efficient, British Printers Push Forward in Digital Age.” You may be able to find it online at but no guarantees from the goose’s free blog.

The article contained a fascinating statement. I quote attributed to Mr. Kingston of Wyndeham, a printing company (a surviving printing company) in England:

The same applies to books and magazines, Mr. Kingston said. “We can now make a bespoke edition of any magazine; we can bind it in a different way and use special colors. We can personalize it and send it. There is much higher added value there.”

This search for added value is, I assume, a lever with which to reverse these factoids in the write up:

  • Printing has become a “peopleless business” which means that employment has cratered from 350 in one plant to 114
  • In Britain printing employed “around 200,000” in 2001 to about 125,000 when the New York Times went to print a day or so ago
  • Revenues? Ouch. “The industry’s revenue is projected to shrink to about 10 billion pounds, or approximately $17 billion, by 2017, down from more than £15 billion in the 1990s…”
  • Cheaper labor puts the squeeze on UK printers: ““So for things that are time-sensitive like magazines and have to be done in the region, the best deal might be outside of the U.K. — and you can have your products here overnight.”

The write up mentions other factors as well.

My view is that personalizing a magazine about Godzilla will put a load on “adding value’s” shoulders. Perhaps a video would be more appropriate or a social media stream, two channels not highlighted in the New York Times’ article? Stop the presses. Well, spike that.

Stephen E Arnold, April 14, 2014

Big Data Buzzword Alert: Thick Data

April 14, 2014

I read “Your Big Data Is Worthless if You Don’t Bring It Into the Real World.” The article points out some often overlooked issues with Big Data. Now that the meaning of the phrase “Big Data” has morphed into a glory phrase, new wordsmithing is needed. This article uses the phrase “thick data.”

The article points out:

To really understand people, we must also understand the aspects of our experience — what anthropologists refer to as thick data. Thick data captures not just facts but the context of facts.

And then notes:

Rather than seeking to understand us simply based on what we do as in the case of big data, thick data seeks to understand us in terms of how we relate to the many different worlds we inhabit. Only by understanding our worlds can anyone really understand “the world” as a whole, which is precisely what companies like Google and Facebook say they want to do.

Will the phrase “thick data” add clarity to the explanations of the analytics frenzy evident in many vendors’ marketing materials? Will search vendor like IBM use the phrase to explain how Watson adds value to information processing?

Interesting semantic shift from “big” to “thick.”

Stephen E Arnold, April 14, 2014

Gauge Your Company’s Speed to Intelligence

April 14, 2014

ClearCI helps clients collect, analyze, manage, and share intelligence across the enterprise. They claim it is enterprise intelligence reimagined. The latest ClearCI white paper promises quite a lot. Read more in their press release, “How to Gauge and Test Your Company’s Speed to Intelligence.”

Note this wording:

“By downloading this white paper, you’ll be part of a growing movement that’s changing the way companies compete across the board. Now, more than ever, companies are adopting powerful competitive intelligence tools to view their competitive landscape in a way that’s automated, relevant, and measurable!”

No doubt that better training and greater knowledge improves a company’s competitiveness, but these exaggerations are a bit much.

Perhaps reading the white paper is a better, and simpler, first step.

Emily Rae Aldridge, April 14, 2014

Sponsored by, developer of Augmentext

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