November 2008, V7#11: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 10 2009 

Have your tried www.clusty.com yet? It started life as vivisimo – it “pre-sorts” your results by topic. No more wading Miami, Florida results when looking for Miami, Oklahoma or Ohio!

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April 2008, V7#4: Computer Wednesday, Dec 31 2008 

Today’s browsers are great to help with general searches. Many places and software even load extra search toolbars into your browsers. But, for genealogy searches, don’t stop with that. Become a student of search engines: Find out how you can narrow your search with different engines. Find at least one “engine” that searches more than one. Not used to doing computer searches? Go to ask.com – there you can use a regular sentence to search without being penalized for using words like “and” and “the”. Also consider trying clusty.com – this search engine places your returns by subject. In this way, if you were to look for “Homer Simpson” all the cartoon stuff would be sorted out for you.

December 2002, V1#4: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Let’s revisit the SPAM problem.  In past issues we pointed out how to block a sender.  But what about all those folks who are sending from new addresses daily that are cluttering your inbox?  You may want to apply a filter (a.k.a. message rule) or two to help manage what arrives.  NOTE: This is also handy to pre-sort much of your mail.

So much SPAM is not addressed directly to you and the aid below will shunt these junk e-mails away from your inbox:

Load the program and click the pull down menu “tools” then drop your mouse down onto “message rules”, this reveals a second menu out of which you will (slide over staying on message rules) click “mail”.  When a box appears you are going to click the “new” button on the right side of the box.  This brings up a new box that helps you set your rule/filter. in the first window you are going to click the rule “where the to line contains people”  this adds the rule to the bottom window.  In the second/middle window I suggest you choose “move it to the specified folder”.  Next you are going to click the link in the bottom window (that has your new rule) “contains people”.  This brings up a box that you need to add all of the e-mail addresses (alias’s) that you have coming into this box. Once all of your e-mails are in, click that box’s OK button.  Next, choose the “specified” link in the bottom window.  This will bring up a box showing your e-mail program’s structure.  I suggest you make a filter file and select it then click OK.  This will bring you back to the “new mail rule” box with your completed rule showing in the bottom window – click OK.  Now, with the remaining box, click the “apply now” button and then OK.  This will take any e-mail that is not addressed directly to you (including if you were a CC) and place it directly into your filter file.  As you have time, clean out your filter file by blocking the SPAM and addressing any hapless emails that got caught there.  My suggestion is to clean your filter no less than once a week.