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Google Launches Enhanced Desktop Software

     
4:56 am on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Google is releasing a new piece of software that could challenge both Microsoft and Yahoo, on various levels.
The free program, known as Sidebar, presents consumers with a pane of customized information -- such as weather forecasts, stock quotes, news headlines, text feeds from favorite Web sites, photo slideshows and email alerts -- that sits alongside whatever else the user is viewing. It provides some functions similar to Yahoo's popular MyYahoo customized Web-page service.

Wall Street Journal [online.wsj.com]

Reuters [today.reuters.co.uk]

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8:17 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Bring on the CALENDAR PLUG-IN and good by Sunbird and Outlook! I love it.
9:19 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Scratch Pad isn't working either!

Just tried to type in a note for tomorrow and it won't show any keystrokes.

That's why it's BETA I guess.

11:16 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Something else:

Google Desktop automatically indexes these types of items on your computer when it starts up for the first time:

# Contacts
# Calendar appointments
# Tasks
# Notes
# Journal

What software do those items go with?

1:44 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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They haven't figured out how to work with NOD32 yet so although I was somewhat tempted, I couldn't install it if I wanted to.
2:04 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Keep getting an error for the Adsense Status. Adsense Status was unable to connect to the Google Adsense server. Please check your connection and select the Reload Now menu option.

I have Widows XP SP2 installed, do I need to do anything to make it work(I already plugged in my log in info)?

3:05 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, neither the AdSense sidebar plugin AND (not by Google) nor the AdSense Firefox extension are working for me anymore. They did work earlier. Weird. Maybe the AdSense folks blocked 'em? :D
4:18 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I just love cliches.

"if you have nothing to hide .."

I wouldn't wear trowsers.

".. you have nothing to worry about. "

Depends on who is looking.

;>)

10:38 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow Webmasterworld on the screenshot
[desktop.google.com...]
11:33 am on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I did a re-boot on my computer this morning and "Scratch Pad" is now working.
1:41 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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expat: I was being sarcastic
9:11 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Seems to me like Pointcast network all over.. especially if they ad a screensaver
12:02 am on Aug 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Can't wait to see how far this goes, the adsense plugin will be a winner around here
10:25 pm on Aug 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well after having it for a short while this one is a winner! Lots of cool plugins (love the adsense plugin) with no doubt many more on the way. Nice interface. I like it a lot....

~shiva

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Can anyone tell me if there is a way to show current exchange rates for e.g. the Euro, , or CDN$ in the Stocks window?
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Does anyone think the Scratch Pad notes you make in the Sidebar are relayed back to Google?

My firewall isn't showing anything when I save?

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Does anyone think the Scratch Pad notes you make in the Sidebar are relayed back to Google?

Why would G be interested in whether you have a date tomorrow or need to P/U a 24 of beer.

Move on!

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"Why would G be interested in whether you have a date tomorrow or need to P/U a 24 of beer."

I don't think this is such a far fetched thought to provoke.

There is value in associating internet usage with information noted.

At least I see it that way.

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