DQSD was my most used productivity tool up until circa 2010. Even back then people seemed to use goggle rather than bookmarks but for any websites you search frequently / login too, but dqsd is a must in my book.
Back then if I used a computer without it my productivity decreased, simple as that.
But writing in 2018, if DQSD was still an active project I would still use it, I loved it so much. I guess the power of google, the Chrome Omnibox (the address bar combined with the google search box, right click the address bar and select edit search engine to see/add/edit the keywords for websites you can search from the omninbox) and also the convenience of smartphones have replaced a lot of the reasons DQSD existed.
Press+s to make the search bar active and off you went. Beyond the out of the box fuyou can find additional searches by other users here. Here are some searches/logins I added for it in the Naughties as well as some faq additions.
Q. DQSD installs itself in C:\Program Files\Quick Search Deskbar without the option to change this which I find objectionable. How can I move DQSD from the default Quick Search Toolbar directory in my Program Files location to another location of my choice?
A. Follow these steps:
- It’s always a good idea to backup up local*.* [localsearches / localaliases / localprefs] first.
- There are a number of utilities available for use in moving programs, these change all relevant references in the registry, etc. Possibly the most robust is Application Mover, which is shareware. This application also does the moving for you. However it can be achieved using a freeware program called COA2.
- Open a command prompt window in this new location and type : regsvr32 DQSDTools.dll
- gg Search google – the default search
- yy Login to yahoo
- pp Login to paypal
- amaz Amazon search – see tip below for Amazon.co.uk
- ebay Ebay search – see tip below for ebay.co.uk
- wik Lookup in wikipedia
- imdb Lookup imdb
- ths Lookup thesaurus
- tn Search technorati
- crit Search metacritic
- curr Lookup currency conversion site xe (see tip below)
- af Lookup acronymn finder
- dic Lookup dictionary
- qsfreq See what searches you use most often
Here are some things you can add to your localaliases file:
- To make ebay work for ebay uk add ebay|ebayuk %s
- To make amaz work for amazon uk add amaz|amaz /domain:uk %s
- Convert Sterling to Euro : xese|curr /from:gbp /to:eur %s
- Convert Euro to Sterling : xees|curr /from:eur /to:gbp %s
- Convert US Dollars to Sterling : xeus|curr /from:usd /to:gbp %s
- Convert Sterling to US Dollars : xesu|curr /from:gbp /to:usd %s
- Convert US Dollars to Euro : xeue|curr /from:usd /to:eur %s
- Convert Euro to US Dollars : xeeu|curr /from:eur /to:usd %s
- Search alt.comp.freeware : ggf|gg %s /groups group:alt.comp.freeware* -group:comp.software.shareware.* -group:alt.comp.shareware
- Check 1st gmail account : gm1|gmail gm1id (see this page for gmail login)
- Check 2nd gmail account : gm2|gmail gm2id
- Try typing a letter in the search bar and then F8, doing so repeatedly will cycle through all your choices with that letter or word.
- Monty’s utility to disable searches never used, helps system startup time.
I do not like saving logins on my computer and if you clear cookies you will have to relog to sites anyway. These website logins use id definitions added to your localprefs.js, like in the yy & pp “searches”. These logins really come into there own when you have multiple logins, like for maybe Gmail,Google reader, etc.
|Check GMail email
|Login to Google groups (Uses the same localprefs.js id as for gmail)
|Login to the highly recommended Google calendar (Uses the same localprefs.js id as for gmail). You can create as many colour coded calendars as you like and share them with others.
|Login to Google reader (Uses the same localprefs.js id as for gmail). I used to use Bloxor to read all my RSS feeds but this went down, I briefly flirted with Bloglines (here’s a login) before becoming very impressed with Google Reader, it’s a very efficient reader and has some good keyboard shortcuts). Import your opml blogroll from another reader and give it a go.
|Login to Google docs (Uses the same localprefs.js id as for gmail).
|Login to Flickr. btw, to download all the picture from a pictureset use FlickrDown.
|Login to WatchThatPage. This is an excellent resource to keep an eye on certain websites without having to check them yourself. One of the things I use it for is to watch the tour pages of band I want to see – I get an email when they are updated 🙂
|Login to Wikipedia
|Login to YouTube
|Login to commentful. Really great site if you want to track a comment thread on a blog or what not. Login occasionally and you can check if any comments have been added. Updated 16 April 09: co.mments.com was shut down recently and this login has been changed to use BlogFlux’s commentful.
|Login to FaceBook.
|Login to LibraryThing.
|Login to Simple GTD.
|Check Mail.com email
|Login to Tweeto. A promising web based GTD.
|Nice search site for wikipedia – Powerset.
|Login to Joe’s Goals
|Login to TaskFreak! forums. I’ve checked out a lot of todo list managers and I like this one. You need access to php/mysql at your isp or home server; my (uk based) isp allows one to install php/mysql apps on your own web space – very cool.
|Login to SourceForge
|Login to dotProject forums
|Login to Tech Tips forums
|Login to MozillaZine forums
|Mozilla Extensions mirror
|Login to Extensions mirror forum
|Login to Firefox Add-ons
|Login to Skype forums
|Login to TMS Software
|Soft Gems forum login
|Login to Soft Gems
|Information for Vue Cinemas in the UK
|For Virgin UK mobile phone network, check picture messages sent to non picture message phone
|The search engine for local classifieds in the UK
|Check Plus.Net email
|Login to Love Film. This is a UK dvd rental company.
|Login to this UK site for purchasing CDs, DVDs, Games
These searches are not working and I don’t know why. If you feel like having a play with them, go for it and let me know how you get on. The dqsd mailing list is very useful for learning more.
|Login to Plaxo
|Login to Experts Exchange forums. This does not seem to pass the logon page.
|Check UK based btinternet email
|Login to Ebay UK
I have provided some basic searches for the indispensable dqsd over the years, the ones I have been involved in are :
|Search the DownSeek software search engine
|Seach the webopedia for technical terms and links
|Search the Borland Newsgroup Database
|Search metacritic for a review
|Search Jobserve, a European specialist job search site
|Free On-Line dictionary of computing
|Lookup the meaning of Windows/DOS file extensions
|Search the TechWeb Encyclopedia
|Teoma search using Subject Specific Popularity
|Definitions for IT-related words
|Search the web using WhittleBit
|UK Television guide
|UK Public transport Journey Planner
|SnipURL – Snippetty snip snip with your long URLs!
|A collaborative project to produce a free multilingual dictionary in every language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations and quotations.
|Clusty the clustering engine
|A better search for Wikipedia
|Product rankings based on collected reviews
|Track DHL packages by Airwaybill numbers
|Share documents online
|Search the tweetasphere