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Sunday, November 14, 2004

Google desktop search

Speaking of search technology, I've been using the Google desktop search program at work since it was introduced about a month ago. It searches my hard drive super fast and flawlessly. However, a lot of criticism has been directed at Google for potential security breaches in its desktop search.

One of my predecessors saved all her MS Word documents with names like 23k12.doc and 723jlzu.doc. These file names may have meant something to her. But, they're useless to me. If I want something on the computer that I didn't create or rename, I almost always do a search with either WordPerfect's search function, or Windows search. Both of which are a little clumsy and slow. The Google desktop search is neither clumsy or slow.

Others that review and explain it better than I could:

Larry Gadea has written a wonderful add-on (Google Desktop Search Plus) that allows a user to specify extensions other than the default extensions. I installed this add-on as soon as I heard about it since it searches WordPerfect documents. Thanks, Larry! It works perfectly.

Project Computing has written a proxy program (Google Desktop Proxy) that lets one bypass security to allow other computers to request searches on a machine. I don't recommend this, but I can see how it could be useful in some cases.

Posted by Marie at November 14, 2004 12:30 AM