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10:32 am on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Smith ran a string utility search on the binary files in the desktop application, found the protocol "googlemail://" and next to it "google_im://." He speculated that the Google email protocol could eventually help the desktop application interact with the company's free web-based search service, Gmail.

From Silicon.com - Google code hides IM secrets [software.silicon.com]

Could be interesting

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It won't install with Microsoft Firewall Client installed (version 3, anyway). The "fix" (uninstall Firewall Client then install Desktop Search, then reinstall Firewall Client) doesn't work for me - it destroys the Internet Connection completely. Has anyone got around this?

There's a huge list of firewall and security software that it is incompatible with.

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Google already owns their very own instant messenger [webmasterworld.com]. Regardless, there is nothing wrong with AIM. AOL is providing a great, no holds barred free service, and Google has already said that the protocol exists only to intercept the AIM chat conversations.
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Regardless, there is nothing wrong with AIM.

Snigger- you can't be serious?

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Sure... There's nothing wrong with AIM, as long as you don't mind getting a new virus/trojan/spyware every time you use it.
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Or some 13 year old knocking you offline or locking up your PC with his latest VB script.
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I only accept messages from folks on my buddy list. Security is up to you.
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Anyway to get back on topic I don't think "google_im://." is any indication of Google's IM plans. However I do think G would be wise to explore this area. Hello is really more suited towards photo sharing and doesn't have much other use.
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OMG GOOGLE IM CONFIRMED1!111

Ahem, AIM isn't horrible if you do custom installs and pay very close attention.

and on a side note, I'm impressed with SP2, works rather well imho.

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Don't bother w/AIM - get a free messenger that can interact with many services, like GAIM or Trillian.
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So much for being on topic. :-D

Gaim can send encrypted messages as well so bonus points.

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So when are they going to make the desktop tool search real mail programs like Thunderbird?
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real mail programs like Thunderbird?

yes, or The Bat! ... The ability to search gmail.com from the desktop application is definately going to encourage me to use both services more....

Google has already said that the protocol exists only to intercept the AIM chat conversations.

I dont understand why Google would want to do this. What use does it have?

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And what about Eudora?

I use X1 to search my Eudora emails, and it's pretty darn handy. It's nice to be able to search through JUST my emails, then hit reply directly to an email by right-clicking on it.

How does Google Desktop Search handle Eudora emails?

--Mark

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Most email searching issues come from the mailbox's file format used by the email client. It's likely to be binary, so the program needs to be able to get through all the gobbledygook.