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Google Launches Desktop Search Tool

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the finding-it-with-both-hands-and-a-flashlight dept.

Google 715

hanky writes "Google brings search to your very desktop with Google Desktop, a mini Google index of your own. Search your filesystem, Outlook or Outlook Express inbox, AIM instant message transcripts, and Internet Explorer cache. There's a full introduction to the Google Desktop over at the O'Reilly Network. It's Windows-only, but still cool enough for this Mac guy to find it intriguing."

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The horns of a dilemma... (5, Interesting)

Control Group (105494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524642)

Oh, the indecision!

Being able to google my machine would be the best thing this side of perpetual motion.

Having to start doing everything with AIM, IE, Outlook and MS-Office would be the worst thing this side of the universal solvent.

Why, oh why, did they have to specifically aim this at all the apps I don't use?

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (5, Insightful)

l1nuxpunk (738263) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524688)

I agree with you on this one.

I'd use this tool in a minute if I wasn't using IRC, firefox, thunderbird and StarOffice on OS X.

Open source community, I hear a cry for a new project.

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (3, Interesting)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524717)

When I ran the installer, it told me it was going to close Firefox. I assume that means it integrates with Firefox too.

Can't help you if you're using OS X though...

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (4, Insightful)

Control Group (105494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524793)

Hrm

That would be fantastic...my spiritual pain was caused by reading their list of supported apps, which was AIM, Outlook (Express), text, IE, Excel, Word and PowerPoint(!).

I supposed they didn't say it didn't work with other apps.

If I wasn't at work, I'd download it and futz. But I am, which means even if I did install it, it would happily find IE, Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

*sigh*

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (4, Insightful)

Tomahawk (1343) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524874)

It closed Opera on me. However, it says that it doesn't work with Opera.

I think there must be certain files that it needs to update, and Opera/Firefox/etc may have them locked. perhaps.

It closed Outlook on me too.

Now it's indexing all my files, Outlook, etc. Quite a nifty little thing.

Only works on Windows XP and Windows 2000 SP3+, incidently, so worthless if you have Windows ME.

It's handy for me in work (with I have to use Outlook, Office, etc), but at home I use Thunderbird, OO.org, and Trillian, so I don't think I'll be installing it at home. Though I might just for search my files...

T.

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524845)

>> I'd use this tool in a minute if I wasn't using IRC

IRC logs are text files and as such will be searched I believe. (I'm still indexing so can't check yet)

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524697)

Outlook 2000+, Outlook Express 5+, IE5+, and AOL IM... You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (1)

Milo of Kroton (780850) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524822)

It support IE 5 or better? Then why it not run with Firefox?

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (0, Troll)

Milo of Kroton (780850) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524725)

But Problem:

I cannot get unless it run the on Linux.

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (5, Funny)

Bun (34387) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524797)

Read myself journal when you are not understand. I am German and don't attack English!

Buddy...if that isn't an attack on English, I don't know what is.

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (4, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524731)


Well, I'd assume a ".doc" file created by OpenOffice, et al, would still be searchable by the desktop engine. It also searches through text files, etc. What do you save your word processing documents in?

Re:The horns of a dilemma... (1)

lvanblerk (797119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524735)

I think Googles initially targetting the mass market applications, with the MS Office suite and IE being the most used. I'm sure given time they'll add indexing support for Firefox, OpenOffice and the lesser used (although much better) applications out there. Things can only get better.

Tell Google what you'd like to see, then (5, Informative)

theluckyleper (758120) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524799)

The product is still in beta, and on the About Google Desktop [google.com] page, they say:

"Google Desktop Search is still under development as a beta product. We intend to add new file, email, and chat formats and browsers as Google Desktop Search evolves, and when new formats are created and used. If there's a format you'd like Google Desktop Search to be able to search, please let us know. We can't guarantee that we'll add every type that's suggested, but your suggestions will let us know what formats are important to you."

I'm going to go suggest a couple right now, and get in on the ground floor :)

Testing. (4, Interesting)

loconet (415875) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524649)

So far in my testing, it has performed better than MS's own indexing service which comes with Windows.

Re:Testing. (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524668)

Care to share how you have "tested" this tool against "MS's own indexing service that comes with windows" ?

Re:Testing. (4, Interesting)

loconet (415875) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524787)

Sure, I am simply able to find the relevant files faster. Not only is it faster (probably because it searches less files) but I'm able to quickly spot the file I want by looking at the text previews - something which Window's search tool does not have.

And no update from MS any time soon (4, Insightful)

theluckyleper (758120) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524720)

Yahoo's coverage [yahoo.com] says: "Microsoft Corp., which is working on a similar file-searching tool that it recently said would not be ready for the next version of its Windows operating system promised for 2006."

So it looks like the new MS search functionality won't even make it into Longhorn? I don't see why it's so difficult... I mean if Google could accomplish it, without intimate knowledge of the OS, Office/Outlook/etc file formats, and such, why can't MS do it 5 times faster? I'm confused.

Re:And no update from MS any time soon (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524776)

I mean if Google could accomplish it, without intimate knowledge of the OS, Office/Outlook/etc file formats..
It doesn't work that way - how do you Google has no "intimate knowledge" of the internals of a Windows OS - i mean i am your regular window washer (literally) and i know how storage works within Windows. You can be assured Google knows what you just stated it wouldn't know.

Re:And no update from MS any time soon (1)

theluckyleper (758120) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524842)

I suppose I am suggesting that if one side has any advantage over the other it would be Microsoft over Google; afterall, it's Microsoft's OS, their file formats, etc. So the fact that Google outraced them seems quite odd.

Re:And no update from MS any time soon (0, Redundant)

cetan (61150) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524877)

Is it better to use soapy water than a glass cleaning product?

Re:Testing. (1)

sideshow (99249) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524761)

Geez, I'd have better search results by taking my cat and throwing it my keyboard. The built in search in XP sucks.

Gee - if only I used MS products.... (5, Informative)

rueger (210566) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524654)

Doesn't work with Mozilla, or Opera, or Pegasus mail, or Eudora..... Guess I'll wait for something less MS centric.

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (1)

rastachops (543268) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524703)

Well from their point of view I would have thought it's best to target the most widely adopted programs first, then to concentrate on expanding the set of available programs.

Hopefully in the not too distant future there'll be support for other popular programs.

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (2, Informative)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524716)

It loads up in Firefox OK for me. Probably does not search Firefox cache though.

On first blush one thing seems troubling though: it seems to run as a pseudo-web page service via 127.0.0.1:4664; hopefully this doesn't expose an open port to the outside world?

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (1)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524800)

Well, the desktop search tool also indexes all files on your computer right? So it should still pick them up, just might be categorzied differently or something.So far I'm loving it, just wish there was a linux version because I only use windows at work. Speaking of which...I should probably get back to it.
Regards,
Steve

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (1)

pete_norm (150498) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524840)

I wonder why everyone would want to search his browser cache. I always thought the cache was wasted space on my hard drive and i always empty it up as soon as i close my browser in IE, and as often as possible in Firefox.

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (1)

LnxAddct (679316) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524733)

I'm using it and its still amazingly useful despite the MS centric type of thing. Don't just sit around though, go make the suggestion on their website. I already submitted a request for firefox support and also linux support.The more voices they hear, the sooner we'll see it.
Regards,
Steve

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524743)

bash-2.05b$ whereis mozilla
mozilla: /usr/bin/mozilla /usr/local/mozilla /usr/man/man1/mozilla.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1/mozilla.1.gz

just use the whereis command

sig - anony_mouse_cow_ard

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (1)

CommanderData (782739) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524747)

Yeah, no support for the PDF format either. WTF is up with that? Big Google can do it, why not Desktop Google?

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524753)

you dont have to wait any longer for search tools. There's grep, find, sed, awk, perl, sh and if you get really good there c, c++ and if you get even better at searching than you can torcher yourself with ada, cobol and fortran.

Re:Gee - if only I used MS products.... (5, Informative)

TheJavaGuy (725547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524784)

Google does support (partially) other browsers. I copied the url into opera and I got the following message:

Our software suggests that you're using a browser incompatible with Google Desktop Search. Google Desktop Search currently supports the following:
Microsoft IE 5 and newer (Download)
While we're still testing Google Desktop Search, you can also click here to use your unsupported browser, though you likely will encounter some areas that don't work as expected. You need to have Javascript enabled, regardless of the browser you use.
We hope to expand this list in the near future and announce new browsers as they become available. In the meantime, you can use IE 5 and newer.

It seems to work fine in opera (for now).

Spotlight? (2, Interesting)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524663)

I wonder how similar this is to the new "Spotlight" feature to be included in Apple's OS 10.4 "Tiger".

Re:Spotlight? (1)

berkleyidiot (762486) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524868)

spotlight is more of an extendable metadata search engine. it doesn't simply index the contents - the whats - of files, it can search on the whens and whos as well. and developers will be able to write plugins to have their documents searched intelligently.

this looks pretty cool, but it's a shame they've limited it to a handful of applications.

YES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524664)

finding all my stashed pr0n has never been easier!

This has to annoy M$... (1, Informative)

Wizzy Wig (618399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524665)

Wasn't Microsoft supposed to solve the Desktop Search problem with their upcoming Longhorn?

Wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524666)

Put something on the PC that lets the old lady find my pr0n easier? Yeah right.

I've installed this (2, Interesting)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524667)

This works fantastic. I'm impressed with the speed, and accuracy of the searches.

Already two Mac people in my office are fairly jealous, because this is what they thought Sherlock would be- but wasn't.

I don't think this will make anyone change platforms, but on the other hand, it will keep a few people on Windows- until it is ported over somewhere else.

Re:I've installed this (5, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524728)

Already two Mac people in my office are fairly jealous, because this is what they thought Sherlock would be- but wasn't.
It's also what Spotlight should be...(next release of OS X, Tiger)

Eh. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524669)

Is this the prost fist?

any day now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524670)

google getting inside your pants.

Google beat (1, Funny)

cdc179 (561916) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524672)

M$ to WinFS!

HaHa.

DROP TO YOUR KNEES, SLASHBOTS (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524673)

...and give Google head. They'll start delivering targeted advertising based on your HDD's content, and you'll bend over and ask for more.

Your blind faith in Google is misplaced.

Re:DROP TO YOUR KNEES, SLASHBOTS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524851)

i agree, google has lost their integrity, prolly be just another marketing tool for corporate america soon...

sig - SlashSnot NoBot

Holy crap its good. (5, Funny)

VC (89143) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524675)

Thanks to me being a slashdot subscriber ive now had this for 6 mins and can offer a 6 minute review.

GOOGLE DESKTOP HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!!

i achived in the past 5 minutes more than the previous 3 weeks. It found my car keys (they were under the pile of oreily books)!!!

Holy pop culture reference! (5, Funny)

irokitt (663593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524795)

It helped me find a girlfriend! Thank you Google Desktop Search!

Re:Holy pop culture reference! (4, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524882)

It helped me find a girlfriend! Thank you Google Desktop Search!

Which means you already had the girlfriend on your desktop. Finding someone sitting on the top of your desk doesn't look like a difficult task to me :-)

Is this just as fast as a web search? (1)

mrmaster (535266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524680)

Too bad I am at work but if this is as fast as a web search and I can actually find what I am looking for then this is truly a godsend. The index search in windows is way too slow and the search in Outlook doesn't bring up what I am looking for usually.

Re:Is this just as fast as a web search? (1)

lvanblerk (797119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524788)

Its faster than web search. The results are basically instant and you don't have to wait for HTML to download if you're on a slow connection. It also has some nifty operators so you can search for specific filetypes and so on.

Hmmm (0)

Dethboy (136650) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524684)

Well not to thrilled about the IE only. Be nice if it would search Mozilla stuff as well.

Does anyone know if it'll search Outlook/Exchange mail?

From the TOS: (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524699)

Unless you choose to opt out, either during installation or at any time after installation, non-personal information collected will be sent to Google.
No thank you.

Mod Parent Up! (1)

TrollBridge (550878) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524833)

"Non-personal" information doesn't exclude much. Who's to say what information Google is collecting about your PC?

Where is that Slashdot skepticism? It's well past time that Google stops getting a free pass here. This needs to be highlited.

Re:From the TOS: (4, Insightful)

irokitt (663593) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524903)

Unless you choose to opt out
So why don't you, I mean, opt out?

i almost did it... (2, Interesting)

jabella (91754) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524700)

i installed it, and then it was like: "this will take a few hours to index" and I bailed on it. does it really take that long from what people are seeing? I'd love to use it for searching my outlook mail, but hate the idea of the overhead.

Re:i almost did it... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524857)

> i installed it, and then it was like: "this will take a few hours to index"

So you're like, whatever?

Re:i almost did it... (3, Insightful)

Numeric (22250) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524883)

Google Desktop will only index when you are not using your computer for 30secs (I read the 30 sec rule in the OReilly review). I want to see how much it indexes when I return from lunch.

So far, its a pretty cool tool.

Re:i almost did it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524889)

it only starts searching 30 seconds after you stop using your mouse/keyboard, and stops when you use them again... so there's no overhead to worry about...

Dilemma (1)

Metteyya (790458) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524704)

Google-like engine? Awesome!

These apps? Oh, damn you, guys! If you don't want to make support for Thunderbird or other alternatives to M$ apps, at least give it some API capability for people to use it with their favourite applications.

If you make it plugin-enabled, I'm in! But not unless.

Why should mac people be envious? (4, Insightful)

Myuu (529245) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524706)

Do you forget Spotlight technology in Tiger which does this too and is integrated into the OS?

Re:Why should mac people be envious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524849)

Tiger doesn't come out till next summer. So unless you download an illegal torrent beta you cannot use Spotlight yet...

Better than X1? (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524708)

I wonder if it's better than the award winning X1 [x1.com] ?

Just got it today, strange coincidence.

Will be interesting to compare them, and I recommend Windows users to check out X1 too. If you can bear with it updating its index the first time you run it (will take a few hours for it to index your files, but will run in the background), you might find it useful.

Re:Better than X1? (2, Insightful)

base3 (539820) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524828)

And does it call home like X1? That's the sole thing that kept me from buying X1. Nothing that's conducting full-text searches of every file I have is going to be allowed to connect to the Internet, ever.

might not be a good thing (5, Funny)

kevinx (790831) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524709)

Now my wife could easily find out if I've been downloading porn.

Great intention, bad Idea.

Re:might not be a good thing (1)

ricotest (807136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524865)

Does Google Search not have 'don't index these directories' functionality? I'm sure there's a lot of info, not just porn, that you might not want indexed. For example, the WINDOWS/ directory?

Re:might not be a good thing (1)

VC (89143) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524875)

Im guessing your wife doesnt read slashdot then...

App Support (2, Interesting)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524713)

The sad thing about the Google Desktop is that, for the moment at least, it only supports things like the official AOL Instant Messenger software, Internet Explorer, and Outlook/Outlook Express.

And I thought Google was supposed to be this big challenger to Microsoft???

It would be nice to see support for Trillian and other IM clients in addition to Firefox/Thunderbird. I'm hopeful that this will come to fruition, I really can't see how it wouldn't. I can understand the strategy of releasing for these apps though, because of course every computer with Windows preinstalled likely has them.

-JT

Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524723)

It's Windows-only

First Search: security hole

No Mac, No Thanks (5, Funny)

Power Everywhere (778645) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524729)

Come on Google, PowerPC users are a significant share of your audience.

Re:No Mac, No Thanks (1)

geekbruin (628580) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524907)

I'm sure they're well-intentioned. Gmail supported Mozilla, then Safari before IE (and to my knowledge is still unsupported).

Re:No Mac, No Thanks (1)

saddino (183491) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524931)

Google probably doesn't think it's worth competiting with Spotlight [apple.com] , given it will be bundled with Tiger and accessible system-wide (argubably more convenient than Google's Desktop web-enabled UI).

And if you're looking for targeted desktop context and keyword analysis (as opposed to simple key matching in all files) OS X users can always use theConcept [mesadynamics.com] (disclaimer: my company).

Better: Grep For Windows (1)

N8F8 (4562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524745)

http://www.wingrep.com/

I combine this with XPDF.org's PDF to text converter.

What would make this awesome... (1)

abh (22332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524756)

Is if I could search my desktop information, and my gmail, with one search.

How Long? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524757)

Google seems to be expanding in leaps and bounds. They're sinking their tendrils far and wide....

How long until we here at /. are obliged to hate them on principle?

Lady, (1)

murderlegendre (776042) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524759)

where is my Linux binary?

Seriously. Locate, which, whereis, find, grep are all great tools, but this would be simply awesome to have.

Google != F3 (1)

thehomeland (750151) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524769)

Uh, just hit F3, Windows people. You can search IRC,AIM,ICQ,MSN,etc logs. Chances are Outlook (which I never use) has its own search that's just as good. Only difference appears to be now I can search with a Google-branded software that does what I can already do. Fad.

Re:Google != F3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524932)

You can search OutLuck, but irritatingly you cannot search on attachment names. An attachment (and even attachment contents search) would be very very useful to me. Oh and I use LookOut because thats what by employers have mandated we all use not through personal choice.

Why restrict files? (1)

Astadar (591470) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524783)

I'm surprised to see Google restricting themselves to such a small set of files. It seems to me that indexing OOo files would be easy, given that they're XML. I'd think that other mailbox formats would be available and probably easier to work with than outlook.

Somewhat disappointed.

It maybe that they'll add to that list quickly. Let's hope so.

Eh. (1)

Surye (580125) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524804)

I'll just stick with grep.

For Linux? (2, Interesting)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524806)

Gosh - give me something like this for Linux, and I'll kiss some serious feet.

I've been looking for something for YEARS to replace the "Excite for Web Servers" (EWS) which could easily be cadjoled into indexing your own (Linux) computer when combined with a local copy of Apache.

It was downright AWESOME, but is no longer maintained, was based on an ANCIENT version of Perl, I've been unable to get it to work on anything beyond RedHat 6.2, and rights are not available anywhere that I've found.

My home directory is 12 GB in size, and contains work going back 6 years. Making all this searchable would just be the cat's meow...

Sounds like Beagle (3, Informative)

Xpilot (117961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524811)

Linux users can try out Nat Friedman's Beagle [gnome.org] , which does something like what Google's desktop does. The Dashboard [nat.org] project uses it to find information pertinent to your current desktop task and displays it in a sidebar. Pretty neat. It's one of the C#/Mono projects that's available for Linux.

Microsofties (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524815)

> It's Windows-only...
There are people dumb enough to still be using Windows?!?

I was hoping that the many viruses, worms, and trojans would have eradicated Microsofties by now.

Google operating system - the next MS ?? (5, Interesting)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524826)

First Google was cool and independent. Now with e-mail account, "G" searchbox included in your favourite browser, maybe a browser of their own, instant messaging, shareholders onboard, and... a desktop?

What's next? The Google operating system? Are we looking at the beginnings of a next-generation Microsoft-like empire?

Requires 1gig free space! (1)

kyhwana (18093) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524832)

Woah! It needs a gig of free space to install? What the hell?

Re:Requires 1gig free space! (2, Funny)

CommanderData (782739) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524929)

Well, you could install it to your Gmail Drive Shell Extension [slashdot.org] That should hold it :)

Searching PDFs (2)

baywulf (214371) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524835)

I wish it would search PDFs. I have a lot of free books, data sheets, manuals, etc. all collected over the years in a nice hierarchy of directories but it is always hard to find something that I usually try Google first before searching my collection. If it can instantly find stuff in my PDF it would help me a lot.

Go carefully, GUID present (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10524838)

from
http://desktop.google.com/privacypolicy.html

How we use unique application numbers, cookies and related information.

Your copy of Google Desktop Search includes a unique application number. When you install Google Desktop Search, this number and a message indicating whether the installation succeeded is sent back to Google so that we can make the software work better. Additionally, when Google Desktop Search automatically checks to see if a new version is available, the current version number and the unique application number are sent to Google. If you choose to send us non-personal information about your use of Google Desktop Search, the unique application number with this non-personal information also helps us understand how you use Google Desktop Search so that we can make it work better. The unique application number is required for Google Desktop Search to work and cannot be disabled.

thanks but ill stick with the built in search for now

DeskTop Search (1)

shodZ (786663) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524847)

GooGle is GOD

Misread that... (1)

BearJ (783382) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524858)

"Additionally, any other files you have lying about--photographs, MP3s, movies--are indexed by their filename."

Did anyone else misread that as "...any other files you are lying about..." Had me scared for a second there. Uh, not that I have files that are private or anything.

what's next ? (1)

sla291 (757668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524861)

reverse engineering, anyone ? :)

One more step toward the future (4, Interesting)

Wylfing (144940) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524880)

It's been my belief for a while that Google is going to be the storage medium of the future. Eventually we'll all share one big searchable "disk" called Google. Gmail and this local search tool are stepping stones toward that end.

Review (3, Informative)

TheJavaGuy (725547) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524894)

Here [searchenginelowdown.com] is a thorough review.

Spotlight will accomplish this on Mac (2, Informative)

nizmogtr (675721) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524896)

Don't figure I will need this on Mac, since Spotlight http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/spotlight.html/ [apple.com] will pretty much serve a similiar purpose.

Needs more application support (1)

ewithrow (409712) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524902)

From what I gathered from the CNN article, this will work with any browser, however it will only index the text of webpages visited with Internet Explorer. This is just a beta test, but some non-Microsoft application support would be nice including:

* Firefox
* PDF
* GMail (with your supplied login and password, kind of like the gmail tasktray notifier)
* MP3 ID3 tags
* Image metadata

Until support for at least Firefox gets included I think I will stay away.

Microsoft's Lookout (4, Interesting)

whysanity (231556) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524908)

For those of you that don't know, take a look: http://lookoutsoft.com/Lookout/

Microsoft bought this company which beat Google to the punch on desktop searching. Kinda funny that the letters on the main logo look very Googlish...

Request new file formats (5, Informative)

illuin (113072) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524911)

According to the FAQ, you can request [google.com] that Google Desktop support new file formats.

Of course, what would be really nice is if new formats were supported via plugins, and if google would distribute a simple API so the open source community could contribute new plugins rather than waiting for google to implement them.

Spotlight (4, Informative)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524916)

It's Windows-only, but still cool enough for this Mac guy to find it intriguing
Apple will be offering a somewhat similar feature called Spotlight [apple.com] in OS X 10.4 next year. The one immediate difference I see between the Google Desktop and Spotlight is that Spotlight will index text contained in PDFs.

reverse engineer google (1)

oever (233119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524919)

Being able to download the technology powering the Google search engine must be the dream of every competing search engine. Maybe this will even result in a free software version which may replace 'locate' and 'htdig' on linux.

It's Windows-only (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 9 years ago | (#10524924)

It's Windows-only

That's the second or third non-Linux supported innovation by Google recently. There was that Picasso picture search tool, and some other, I seem to remember. Are they shunning the Linux community? :(

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