So I’m on like Day 3 or so of Google desktop. Overall I’m still happy. Some things have changed:
- I really want Google desktop to index my Gaim logs. Sadly it won’t and the plug in for it has gone missing (site offline). If the owner of Wickdev.com could put their web page back I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants it and if anyone has the whole source for this (it seems like it was open source at one point), I’d be interested in stepping up and maintaining it (yes I really want IM indexing that bad)
- I’ve reduced the sidebar applets to mostly just the Scratch Pad and the Todo list.
- The Photos widget can be embarassing if you have any photos on your machine that aren’t work safe (or you have kids around). Oops.
- I discovered that double clicking the size of a sidebar panel increases its size (basically the equivalent of maximizing the window but in a vertical context). Its very, very nice actually.
Overall I’m hugely pleased with Google Desktop. Its small, light, fast and “feels right”. Bravo guys.
My oh my. I’m just plain astonished at the rich, frothy goodness that is Google Sidebar / Google Desktop 2.0 / whatever the heck they call it. This thing is bloody well rocking my world. Yes I know that I’m the last person on the planet to try this new thing from Google which came out more than 6 months ago. And I agree, like Inluminent says so well, that there need to be Mac versions of Google stuff. That said, given that I’m a professional search guy, I’ve seen this type of thing before. Verity did it. Fulcrum did it. DTSearch did it. Others have done it. None of them seem to have done the overall issues of local search as well (note — I haven’t looked at Yahoo’s stuff or MSN’s stuff yet; when I have time). Google really nailed this one well.
So here’s my committment. I’m notorious for NOT using new technology. I still copy files with a DOS shell. I use notepad even tho I’ve gotten 25 other tools, etc. I’m going to give Google Desktop 30 days and not turn it off, not minimize it and see how it shakes out. If I have to give it screen real estate for 30 days then I’ll definitely use it.
The clock starts … now!
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