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The *new* Inquisitor web search interface

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UPDATE (May 16): I have updated the site to support simple keyboard navigation. up-arrow/down-arrow will move through the suggestion list. control-up/control-down will move through the list of search engines.

UPDATE (May 19): YouTube has been added as a default search engine.

NewsFire 1.3 (v59)

NewsFire 1.3 (v59) is now available for download. This is a minor maintainence release ahead of a forthcoming feature release. The only change is a bugfix to enable embedded Flash video from sites like YouTube and Google Video to playback properly within NewsFire. Given the popuarity of these sites, I wanted to get the fix out immediately.

Inquisitor 2.6

I’m pleased to announce the immediate release of Inquisitor 2.6, the ultimate search extension for your web browser. Inquisitor extends the standard web search field in your browser with as-you-type instant search results from Google and Yahoo! (new in 2.6), keyword suggestions, autocompletion, and alternate search site support. Inquisitor now supports the Camino browser in addition to Safari.

Inquisitor is totally free to try out and a mere €5 to register.

Interesting Statistic: Intel vs. PPC

Here’s an interesting statistic I noticed recently. Based purely on the readership of this blog, 1 in 10 Mac users have already switched to Intel-based Macs (940 users on Intel, 8519 on PowerPC). It’s a greater proportion that I was expecting, though readers of this blog may simply be ahead of the curve. Regardless, I think it’s an impressive proportion that shows the early stages of Apple’s transition have gone well.

Inquisitor 2.6 (Beta 1)

Inquisitor 2.6 (Beta 1) is now available for testing. This release brings support for the Camino browser (v1.0) in addition to supporting Safari. For Safari users, there are various minor bug fixes in this release. Further, thanks to some helpful guidance from Arlo Rose over at Yahoo, you can now set your instant results source to either Yahoo or Google. The new Yahoo instant results are actually very fast – faster even than Google – though whether or not the relevancy is as good is a subjective call. That’s why it’s a user preference.

Inquisitor + Camino

Inquisitor + Camino

Inquisitor 2.5.3

Inquisitor has been revved to version 2.5.3. This release addresses a freezing bug in 2.5 and a more subtle bug that would interfere with autocompletion in the location field.

Inquisitor 2.5 – Instant Search for Safari

Inquisitor has received a substantial amount of positive attention in recent days. However, the one thing I’ve heard from many people is that they would love to try it out before buying it.

Well, I’m pleased to announce that that day has come! Released as a free demoware download and featuring live instant search results, suggestions, and user-configurable alternate search engines, Inquisitor 2.5 is the ultimate Safari search extension.

Above and beyond the previous release, Inquisitor 2.5 now allows one to configure the instant results search engine to a local variant (for example, a German user can now get local instant results from google.de). It also includes a new, space-saving search engine dispatch widget for those users with many alternate search engines configured.

Inquisitor 2.5 is free to try. Registration of the software costs a mere €5. Users who have previously registered can activate Inquisitor 2.5 complimentarily by entering the email address they registered with.

My #1 problem with the iMac Core Duo

In general I’ve been quite happy with my iMac Core Duo. However, there is one major problem that myself and many others have experienced – the iMac’s wireless networking performance is severely crippled when connected to an Airport base station – transfer speeds are slowed by at least 50%. This has been discussed and carefully documented by users, yet more than a month later and a substantial system update later, Apple has yet to even acknowledge the issue.

I certainly understand that this is a brand new architecture and there will be some kinks along the way. Nonetheless, wireless networking is a pretty crucial feature these days. It’s not as if this were some peculiar incompatibility with obscure hardware – it’s Apple’s computers and Apple’s own wireless gear. In fact, the only workaround is to abandon the build-in wireless hardware for a third-party network adapter!

Supposedly this glitch is due to new wireless components in the iMacs. I find it hard to believe that this type of glitch wouldn’t have been discovered during testing. Perhaps they did notice it but decided that it wasn’t important enough to hold up release. Let’s just hope that the new MacBook Pro is not similarly afflicted and likewise hope that Apple finally gives this issue the priority that it deserves.

Inquisitor 2.2 – Instant Search for Safari

Inquisitor 2.0

I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Inquisitor 2.2 – the ultimate instant search extension for Safari. Inquisitor 2.2 combines as-you-type instant search, search term prediction, and multiple-engine searching in a refined interface.

The major change in version 2.2 is that the core search engine for instant results has been changed from Yahoo to Google. This has two positive consequences. Firstly, instant results are now far more relevant and useful. Secondly, instant results are even more ‘instant’, as the Google results can be loaded much more quickly than before. Fast and relevant – it doesn’t get much better than this!

Also, like NewsFire, Inquisitor is a Universal binary, so it will run great on Apple’s Intel Macs.