Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ka-Pow! The Google Desktop.

Google desktop beta is available.
Played with Google's desktop search tool. It is mind-blowingly fast. The interface is a web page running on a local web server, and I have never seen a web server return pages so quickly. This must be the secret sauce that runs Google's web search, in a 400k download on your PC.

So, it is fast and it is cool, but Google shocked the world by releasing something highly imperfect. Besides the inherent suckiness of being proprietary, Google's desktop search indexes a very narrow set of application data, very few file formats, its index is disk-intensive, slow to build, doesn't back off of non-idle systems well, etc. And it only runs on Windows, with IE and Outlook.

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