I didn't want to start a flame war (which is about where I'm headed in this thread
), so I figured I'd rather make this post in the Chillout Room, where it belongs.
But I seriously needed to ask the question: Why do some member on this forum (and others) recommend 3rd party search tools rookie members, knowing full-well that their recommendation is substandard and will have a negative impact on the new users chance of learning something new?
Make no mistake, I'm all for everyone being entitled to their own opinions, and I'm an ardent supporte of freedom of choice, but come-on! If you're going to recommend something, at least recommend something this is better than what you're trying to replace!!!
I recently helped a junior member (justalogin) with a question he had on searching for files
, by pointing him to a tutorial I wrote in the Vista Forum on Advanced Searching
, to which he responded:
Wow ! That's an eye-opener !! Thanks for that detailed and exhaustive clarification. Couldn't have asked for more
Which obviously meant that he approved of my response, and wants to use Windows 7. Unless, of course, I was born on another planet and have no idea how people think).
But then along cam another (so-called "skilled" member), and recommended a program called "Locate32
". Which he is entitled to do, btw. But just have a look at the screenshots that I took of the program after installing it into a Vista virtual machine:
Seriously, "Locate32" can't even search by file properties other than size and date! What happens if you can't remember the filename, but you can remember some text inside the file, or the title of the song, or the name of the person who sent the email??? How can "Locate32" possibly be recommended as a better alternative to Windows Search?
Perhaps in Windows XP it might be a superior search solution to the default, but even then, Microsoft's own Windows Search 4.0
for XP is still a way better solution!
So if you're going to recommend something, just make sure that your recommendation is based on fact and proper comparison, not on personal opinions, OK?
Just my own little rant for the day....