SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] Google desktop search now available
[Sigia-l] Google desktop search now available
I have been using it for a couple days, and so far I am very impressed
(as opposed to my experience with other attempts at this, such as
The ranking algorithm must, of course, be completely different from
their approach of ranking web content (I don't exactly have other
people linking to my Word files...) It appears to be relatively
straightforward ranking - most recently modified results appear on
top. If the result is an image, a thumbnail of the top ranked images
are displayed;and the indexing is very fast and 'polite' (doesn't hog
processor usage) - I copied a file to my desktop and then did a search
for a keyword that was in the file and it appeared in the top results.
Can't wait for the gBrowser...
On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 10:19:38 -0700 (PDT), Laurie Gray
> Google now has a desktop-based search tool available.
> Once you install the thin client, it indexes your hard
> drive, allowing you to search for documents and emails
> on your pc via a web-based interface. In theory it
> sounds amazingly useful. We'll see how it is in
> I have downloaded the client and it is currently
> indexing my computer. I have documents everywhere so I
> think it will be interesting to see what it finds and
> how long it takes.
> >From a ZDNET article:
> "The Mountain View, Calif.-based company, which will
> report earnings for the first time as a public company
> next week, has created Google Desktop Search, a
> thin-client application that lets people retrieve
> e-mail, Microsoft Office documents, AOL chat logs and
> a history of Web pages previously viewed, all via a
> Web browser.
> "It's like photographic memory for your computer--if
> you've seen it before, you should be able to find it,"
> said Marissa Mayer, director of consumer Web products
> at Google.
> Rumored for months, Google's unveiling of desktop
> search trumps rivals Yahoo, Microsoft and America
> Online in the race to integrate Web navigation with PC
> search and stay on the cutting edge of search
> technology in people's minds. Desktop search has been
> earmarked a priority by all the major search engines,
> but among investors and analysts Microsoft has posed
> the biggest threat to Google's reign because of its
> dominance with the Windows operating system."
> Full article is at
> Desktop tool is at http://desktop.google.com/
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