Google Desktop and Desktop Extreme

You’re an idiot if you don’t put both on your computer immediately.

Can’t believe I waited so long. Amazing. Turned my user profile, which I began on a Win2000 beta machine back in 1999 and have taken with me to every new machine since, into an easily accessed archive of gigantic proportions, even to include all emails. Every damn email and file, and everything in them is indexed, and every search I’ve tried is virtually instantaneous. Jesus, it even indexes everything you browse on the Internet, so when you search for something, you get results from your browser history.

Don’t be an idiot.

Update: And with this, not only can you search all of your machines (I have 3: office, home, notebook) in one search, but you can search them all from any web browser on the net, from anywhere, and retrieve the results.

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  1. DaShakster on April 21, 2005 at 16:06

    I totally agree ! You're my friend now ! 🙂
    Especially that friggin Extreme thingy.. r0x0rz !!

  2. Kyle Bennett on April 21, 2005 at 16:19

    Call me an idiot, then. I just don't see a pressing need for it. I don't search my computer all that often, and when I do, it's quite often for something where I don't know a keyword. I have most of my information stored by category, including important emails. On my computer, as opposed to searching the internet, I tend to want information more about associations between things – items related to whatever it is I'm working on – rather than a lookup kind of situation.

    There's a few file types missing from their list as well, things that might make it really worthwhile. Particularly .zip, and folder names, but also, .mdb, .vb, .cs, .xsl, shortcuts, things like that. The RSS plugin is a really good addition, though.

    Will it index removable drives as well?

    Then there's also privacy and performance concerns. Probably not a big deal, but for something that appears to be only marginally useful to begin with, why bother?

  3. Kyle Bennett on April 21, 2005 at 17:10

    Hey, what about butterscotch?

    I think I want to take a course in library science. I have a feeling it's going to help my IT career immensely in the near future. This whole sorting, organizing, and finding information thing is getting out of hand. I just don't see "search" as we know it contributing all that much to the problem, except in the area that google has already become undisputed master of, which is finding information in an uncategorized and uncatalogued repository of indefinite size and widely varying relevance.

    The desktop is not such an environment.

    Microsoft had a promising idea with their WinFS file system, but they put it off for an indeterminant time.

    That plugin only indexes the file names in zips, not the content. When Google can index the content of web pages referred to by shortcuts on my computer, links that I have *never* visited on that computer, I'll install it. That would be a killer app to me. Oh, yeah, and search my databases, I've got like a hundered of them on my desktop here at work.

  4. Richard Nikoley on April 21, 2005 at 17:01

    The _idiot_ comment in tongue-in-cheek, of course.

    I too have emails and files organized by categories, but after so many years (my profile goes back to 1999, but that in itself contained a lot of email and files I'd imported into it) that I often can't remember what folder. Moreover, with hundreds of things in some of these folders, it's even difficult to find if I do know the folder.

    Also, it's indexing not only the file names, but also all the content. I'm seriously thinking of getting rid of all the sub-folders, and just throwing everything in one folder and let the software do its job. Sure will save time deciding where I want to save something.

    By the way, I did see a plugin that indexes the files within .zip and other archive files.

    Well, anyway, chocolate and vanilla, right?

  5. Richard Nikoley on April 21, 2005 at 20:12

    "I tend to want information more about associations between things – items related to whatever it is I'm working on"

    Kyle, I'll tell you what, man. When I first installed it, I was skeptical. Thought I'd give it a try, 'cause my bro told me to. This was just today. It took several hours for it to index all the reams of info.

    But, then I started doing trail searches–and that's when I fell in love. It essentially turns your whole computer into a pww (private wide web). Thing is, if you save a ton of crap over the years, like I do, you don't know what you have anymore. Do a search (in a web browser, by the way, and you get dozens of links, ranked by relevancy, and it's all your own stuff.

    Brought tears to my eyes. Well, that's an exaggeration, but you know what I mean.

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