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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Reuters) - Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) on Thursday rolled out a preliminary version of its new desktop search tool, making the first move against its major competitors in the race to provide tools for finding information buried in computer hard drives.
The Google Desktop offering takes direct aim at Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) , which bought a desktop search business in July, as well as current and expected desktop product releases from other companies such as Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) , Ask Jeeves Inc. (ASKJ.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) AOL.
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It finds the opera cache files just fine - it's like any other file. That part is no problem and the program works much better in Opera (faster, mdi, mouse jesters..etc) than it does in IE.
Well, 21hrs into indexing and I think it is done indexing - however, it didn't do the second hd!?
I do like the quality of results, but I do not like the way they look like regular results. It is clear that Google is trying to have users confuse online vs offline results. Google has drank the "web is platform" koolaid.
All my useful stuff is not on C:
It also doesn't allow you to specify which directories or actual file types to index.
Seeing the results from my machine in what looks like a Google window is just plain creepy. I don't like that part at all.
We are now 9hrs into and only 5% done with indexing
Four reasons why I am not going to try it at this time. However, I am curious: for those of you who tried both, how does it compare with the Copernic Desktop Search?
The thing I can't figure out is why they didn't incorporate this with the DeskBar. Seems a very natural combination to me, and would give them the jump over any other desktop search that I know of.
Until then, checkout Junction Link Magic [rekenwonder.com]. It should provide a transparent workaround for Google Desktop, and is a handy tool to know.
You can even use this to get Google Desktop to index your network. Though it would take a little proxy page rewriting action to get the links in the results to be valid for other computers.
- desktop results are included in web search results - creepy at first, but handy
- i'd like a "show all" beneath the desktop results
- desktop search interferes with the Google search box in Opera.
Normal web search is taking ages. desktop results are included however.
- url's are sometimes incomplete (file extension is missing sometimes)
- somehow some html pages open in IE and others in Opera. When opening in IE, I want them to open in a new window.
Having messed about importing old emails into my gmail account so I could search them nicely, there's no longer any need - I can ues "Gdesk" instead.
Is there any need for gmail now? This even links together email threads to make them easily browsable like gmail!
Possible security threat: [blogs.pcworld.com...] is the most ridiculous "security threat". I can just walk in and few that stuff anyway. In reality, you take a risk when you send private information at a public terminal. The public terminal should be completely wiping the system between users anyway. Using a public terminal for private information is like using an unsecured wireless network. The only thing inbetween the victim and the perpetrator is the data.
I might add, how many public terminals give users the admin rights needed to install software?
Warning : Desactivate the https if you use your browser to see your bank account unless every search "bank" on your computer may see very easily your account info.