The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this
web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency,
e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees…
CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser
and Java version 1.7 or later, preferably 1.8.0_20.
If you can’t see the prices in your local currency,
Troubleshoot. Use Chrome for best results.
A free program to index and search your hard disk. The current version is
I use it all the time.
The advantages include:
Very rapid indexing.
Unlike Google Desktop it indexes all the files it is supposed to.
It indexes videos, pictures, emails — all manner of files.
You can search by folder, filename, keyword contents, extension, class of file
It uses a special windows hook to instantly detect changed files. It does not
need to periodically scan the entire disk to find them.
It is able to index emails individually.
It lets you know exactly what file it is working on when indexing.
It allows complex searches with AND (+), OR, NOT (-), wildcards (*),
parentheses, quotes (for exact match of phrase), NEAR. By default, it insists on
all words being present.
It integrates with the Copernic
web search engine. The web image search is much better than Google’s. It
gives you pictures only of what you ask for.
When you make a spelling mistake in your desktop
search, is asks Did you mean…, just the way
Google does on web searches.
I am not totally sure of this, but it seems to put priority on getting recently
modified files indexed first. This means the index is useful relatively quickly.
This can be useful if you stored a file and can’t recall what you called it
or what directory you put it in.
If you tell it to use a drive with more space for the index files, it does not
idiotically start indexing from scratch leaving the old indexes behind to clutter
your disk. It moves them.
You can also use it to rapidly find files anywhere on the disk when you know
the name. Just put the name in quotes in the filename box. If you only know part of
the name, leave off the quotes.
The disadvantages include:
Even after all these years they have not got the most basic bugs
out. It keeps reindexing files that have not changed and refuses to index all the
files you ask it to. Only when you do a query mentioning a specific directory does
it finally get off its butt and index that directory. They seem to have almost no
interest in fixing bugs.
When it indexes as other programs are using the files, they fight, with the
result is often files are corrupted or deleted. I find it best to turn of Copernic
indexing when I am running batch processes. If you have the Copernic window open,
it waits or only 10 seconds of inactivity before resuming indexing. If it is not
open, it waits 10 minutes. I have found it necessary to manually turn off indexing
any time I am installing software or running a background batch process, such as
expanding HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) macros. I
can add commands to my bat files
The results are sorted by directory, not goodness of fit. You tend to get
swamped by too many hits of only one word in your set.
When you update files, it instantly deletes the file from its index, so you
won’t be able to find it until perhaps an hour later when it has had time to
reindex the file. It should keep the old indexing until it has time to reindex the
It works only in Internet Explorer and Firefox. It does not work in my
favourite browser Opera. With Opera, Copernic works as a separate program, that
will spawn the Opera browser for each page you request to render.
You can’t turn it off completely without uninstalling it. In fact I could
not even turn it off to install a new version, and neither could the installer. I
had to uninstall.
If you exit, and restart, it will not index files that were modified or created
during the time it was not running. One trick to get around this is to manually
temporarily rename a directory tree then rename it back to trigger a reindex.
It can be useful to monitor the indexing status to see what files it is
indexing. If you see it indexing garbage, e.g. browser cache directories, you can
add those directories to its list of do-not-index directories.
Its indexes are case-insensitive. This means you can’t find only words
that appear in all upper case, e.g. acronyms e.g. ASP (Association of Shareware Professionals)
but not asp, Cleopatra’s deadly snake. OTOP (On The Other Paw),
the advantage of this is more more compact indexes and faster searching. There
are ways of getting gettingh the benefits of both case senstive and insensitive
searching that I have emailed to Copernic. We will see if they act on them.
Copernic is based in Québec Canada.
They also make a web-based search called Copernic Agent that
examines a number of other specialised search engines and combines results. Depending
on what you are looking for, it consults about a dozen of the search engines in its
much larger list. There are three versions of it. The basic one for home use is free.
It is fully functional There is a
personal version and a
professional version. Unlike most search engines you download software to
use it that works inside Internet Explorer, but not other browsers. It is a
full-blown GUI (Graphic User Interface) in its own right. Oddly it does not include the
excellent image search you can get by using an ordinary browser.
Copernic stores its configuration files in