Copernic Desktop Search — An Amazingly Powerful (and free) Search Tool

One program that I have found to be indispensable, largely because I am so completely inept in creating a coherent filing system, is Copernic.  It exists in a free version and a professional version, but I have found the free version to be sufficiently powerful to meet all my needs.  It can be downloaded from this link.  Upon download and installation, you can customize it by specifying which directories you want it to index, and specify what kinds of files it should retain in its indexes.  I have mine set up for .doc and .pdf.  Depending on the size of your desktop, it might take several hours for it to compile the initial index, but you can begin to use it right away, although the results will naturally be incomplete.  Once it has been installed, however, and it has created the index, it subsequently updates that index in real time, meaning, as you create word files and pdf files, for example, the index is being updated to reflect the new documents. (I think it updates itself every 10 seconds.)  Copernic is not only much faster than Google Desktop, it is also much more private insofar as it does not share the contents of your Desktop with Google’s servers, but rest assured, I’m sure the NSA has other ways to find out what you are reading :).  It will also search your e-mails, and is much faster in that regard than Microsoft’s search tool in Outlook Express.  It can also find deleted e-mails which may be useful at times even if you cannot recover the actual text.
I have installed Copernic, along with Dropbox, on all the computers I use, and the result is that I can usually find without much difficulty files that I prepared long ago or articles that I had downloaded and saved but forget where I saved them.  The key is to begin saving all your research files and saved articles into your drop box, and then when you install Copernic, just have it index your Dropbox. 


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I think Rebel Economy is simply expecting too much from a transitional government whose legitimacy to make decisive changes to substantive economic policies is necessarily limited. There is a real Catch 22 here: without a legitimate government, it will be impossible for any Egyptian government to make the structural changes Egypt needs, but there does not appear to be any path to forming a legitimate government in the near-term. In other words, I don’t think there will be any prospect for change until the predicted economic catastrophe comes to pass, in which case political forces will have to stop playing their destructive game of chicken, and face up to their responsibilities of governing the country. Of course, it may be too late by that time, and Egypt may find itself irreversibly on the path toward state failure. That is my great fear.


Cairo Airport

In a desperate move to save power, Egypt’s international airport will close most of its runways for four hours each day from early June, Reuters has reported.

The airport is the latest casualty of Egypt’s struggle to pay for fuel imports.

As if to soften the blow, Reuters quoted the civil aviation minister Wael al-Maadawi as saying:

The closure should not have any impact on air traffic as the airport had seen a dramatic reduction in flights, and runways had been kept open without being used.

“The decision came after detailed study on the rate of work that had witnessed a huge reduction (in traffic) in the past two years,” he added.

So he’s essentially saying it is OK to shutdown the airport sometimes because tourism is down the drain anyway.

It’s simply a poor and lazy excuse to ignore the real root of the problem – more frequent…

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