Re: Is Research It really necessary?


Interesting. Since I use Yahoo Search, I tried several of these and got the
same results. So I don't need to switch, I just need to learn and explore.
Very nice. ResearchIt? What ResearchIt? We don't got no ResearchIt! We don't
need no stinkin' ResearchIt! Vamanos!

Dave Carlson
Tastefully composed and launched near the Pacific Ocean using a Dell
Latitude E6520, JAWS 13.0.718, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Smart" <csmart8@...>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:01
Subject: Re: Is Research It really necessary?

for yet more easy things to find through Google. Note the sports
scores item.

At 12:44 PM 4/25/2012, you wrote:

Bravo! And I see that Chris Smart made you famous (or infamous)
in the eyes
of FS. Amazing what tools we have out there, just waiting for someone
dedicated to discover, organize, and share. Thanks. I may have to
switch my
default home page to Google instead of Yahoo.

Dave Carlson
Tastefully composed and launched near the Pacific Ocean using a Dell
Latitude E6520, JAWS 13.0.718, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrian Spratt" <Adrian@...>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <jfw@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 08:14
Subject: Is Research It really necessary?

I recently came across a list of Google search suggestions that
ought to
save JAWS users from getting agitated every time Research It
breaks down, as
it invariably does. Below is a list of search functions that I've just
tested. I am based in the US, so some suggestions will be
different for
versions of Google in other countries. For example, we in the US
will need
to add a state or country after the place name "London," but users of won't when searching for the capital. Unlike Research It,
google isn't US-centric.

1. To find the weather in a particular location, type the city's name
followed by the word "weather." Thus:

san francisco weather

Note. I avoid using uppercase when doing Google searches.

the first Google result lists today's conditions and those for the

Here are the terms I entered to find out the weather in Prague, Czech

prague czech weather

2. Time works in much the same way. Type the location followed by
the word
"time" (not in quotations). Thus:

san francisco time

3. For a word's definition, type the word "definition" followed by
a colon
and immediately by the word in question. Thus:


An advantage google has is that if you misspell a word, it
offers a correction.

4. For currency conversion, the crucial word is "in." Beyond that,
Google is
flexible. I obtained conversions for the following search terms:

$1 in sterling

1 eur in usd

These are just two examples.

5. Google will perform math operations, thus saving you from
having to open
a calculator. The article gave as an example a sine problem. For
my test, I
typed the following in the search field:


Google promptly reported the correct answer, 25.

6. As for sports, the article's author is based in India, and the
he gave involved cricket. Through a bit of tweaking, I tested Google's
ability to produce baseball results. The terms

baseball scores

produced all of yesterday's results. It's morning here, so today's
haven't been played.

Note. The list of results I got begins with one result from
Monday, April
23. A glitch, but a tiny one.

7. I know from past experience that entering just the tracking
number of a
UPS shipment in the google search field will provide the
information I need,
although I add "ups" as a second term to make sure.

This list is hardly exhaustive. Other simple searches for other
can be interpolated from these examples.

Conclusion, and relevancy to this JAWS list: FS should divert its
from Research It to applications needed for the workplace.
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