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Anybody using it? What's your opinion? Any serious privacy issues? Footprints look pretty BIG!

What alll do you do with it? Any other RSS reader recommendation for MS Windoze??

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Nobody on google desktop???
 
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:
Nobody on google desktop???



How do YOU find it?
 
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I have it installed, but find a use for it. I tend to close it everytime computer is taking a little too long to finish a task - like ant build or something. I always get the feeling that the Google Desktop Indexer is slowing down the machine, despite Googles claim that it only uses the unused CPU cycles.
 
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Not sure, can't comment much, will take a deeper look at the desktop and then resuscitate this thread (it will be 2009 by then )
 
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Hmm, I like it and since i have a widescreen i can let it be on the side, and it makes my other windows more square .
I think if you use it as hiding sidebar, it's less useful. Very nice for writing reminders and stuff too.
Also, since my folders and files are in sort of a mess, i make a good use of its search.
I might be biased, i quite like google apps.

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Does it work on a machine not connected to the Internet??
 
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It depends on what you want, you can use it as a news bar (it actually goes to the trouble of finding you more of the news that you find interesting, need connection), you can use it as a search desktop stuff (if connected it can search emails on your gmail account or general google search), you can use it as a scratch pad, email history viewer, etc... The latter is quite useful because it indexes my several email accounts, so that i can have a history of emails from all my accounts.
Still, using it without internet limits what it can do to you. It's not an indispensable app, but it can be a useful one.

One thing, it can be a security problem if you let it index files such as WMF, if these have been tampered with.
Look at this: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/archive-122005.html#00000753
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Thanks Dan, will try it all out soemtime.
 
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Now Google has started to build crap(Google Desktop) and they think they are oversmart.
 
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No need. I use Macs.
 
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Well, they are pretty smart people, it's very hard to get into google, and although i may agree that what they've been building might seem gadget like applications, it's normal that they try to expand they're influence in other areas than searching.
Despite the gadget feel of their application, they're still useful, the only reason why you think they're "crap" is because they're not essential to you in your own life. What google desktop does is actually quite serious and you get equivalents in linux which are very good like beagle. I don t know about you, but to me its useful to be able to search for a file name, get the list of files which have a correspondance to that name, and fish the emails among the hundreds i have about that file through all my email accounts, of which i talked about to these n different dudes x months ago. I don t know if it s "crap", but other than beagle or possible cat (linux apps), there s no real contender on the windows side.
And i don t think you can call google talk "crap" either. This is the first IM which doesn t bombard you of widgets, noises, images, pop ups etc... etc... Google talk is clean, and it does a good job of providing a minimal functionality IM app, and i ll be very happy when it gets to the linux world so i can get rid of the other native IMs of that platform.
 
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Recently most of the applications Google have made like Google Earth, Google Fight, Google Talk dosent seems to be very useful, all those application can provide you good entertainment but no value addition. Regarding Google Desktop I think they are trying to re-invent the wheel its my personal opinion. Another application Google Talk it is no where near to Skype, Google was trying to overtake Skype and planned to launch it as Google Talk but they were not able to buy it. In my opinion beside making this crap they should improve their search engine which is already no doubt the best search engine so far.

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[ January 03, 2006: Message edited by: Sameer Jamal ]
 
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