October 14, 2004

Google Desktop

Much that I hate it, this is turning out to almost be a Google centric blog for the last few days. It's just that Google's been busy.

They've introduced a new app, Google Desktop to search for files on your computer. Just download and install, let it spend a few hours indexing your PC, and you've got Google working. From the site:

# Find your email, files, web history and chats instantly
# View web pages you've seen, even when you're not online
# Search as easily as you do on Google

The good news is that it seems to really work. I don't know about others, but I've spent many many hours searching for particular files which I've misplaced and can't find. And the privacy policy specifically tells that unless you agree to it, no private information will be sent out.

But the bad news is it searches your filesystem, and treats everything as files except your Outlook or Outlook Express inbox, MS Office files, AIM instant message transcripts, and Internet Explorer cache. These are the only things that it indexes properly, you know, with metadata. And works on Windows 2000 and Windows Xp only.

Which makes me want to wait some time before adopting it big time. Will see, haven't actually used it yet. Just collecting information about it right, I've installed it and should give it a try once it finished the whole indexing process. But it's intriguing so far, so check back in a few days.

Check out a good review from O'Reilly Network.

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