The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1884  Friday, 15 October 2004

From:           Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 14 Oct 2004 16:28:19 -0700
Subject:        New Google Function Will Search Your Own Files

[X-posted: Shaksper, Ficino, Mediev-L]

INTERNET search giant Google has unveiled a new desktop program that
allows users to search the web as well as their own computer files in a
move analysts said could be a challenge to Microsoft.

Brin: Google Launches Desktop Search To Smite Microsoft-- Forbes
Google debuts desktop search app-- Network World Fusion
USA Today - The Rugged Elegance - Seattle Post Intelligencer -
PC World - all 372 related "

or http://tinyurl.com/6tea7

Google Desktop Search, beta version, is available (free) at
About, Help, FAQ etc.:  http://desktop.google.com/about.html
Screenshots:  http://desktop.google.com/screenshots.html

I downloaded it about five hours ago, and it's needed about that amount
of time to do the one-time index of most of the files on my machine--I
included MS Word and Excel and Outlook Express email, but excluded
PowerPoint (it will index chat archives if you like), and Google no
doubt excludes program files.  It does *not* seem to include PDFs in its

On my PC that index covers 25,000+ files.  Subsequent searches of the
index are fast on my four-year-old Windows XP desktop.  Results from a
couple of test searches show search terms appearing in two-line context
in the same format as a regular Google search, with alternative listings
being sorting by relevance or date.  I assume there's regular updating
by the local Google so the index is up-to-date.  Beating Microsoft to
the punch, Google's new function offers great possibilities for managing
information in different formats in one's own (perhaps messy) domain.
This is certainly worth anyone's effort to try out, and the beta version
seems stable enough.

Al Magary

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