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14-10-04, 16:42
'Like a photographic memory' for your PC

Google today announced they had added a desktop search (http://desktop.google.com/) feature to the popular search engine, allowing users to quickly dig through PC files and browsing history (Screenshots (http://desktop.google.com/screenshots.html)). "It's like photographic memory for your computer--if you've seen it before, you should be able to find it," says Marissa Mayer, director of consumer Web products at Google. ZDNet (http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-5408765.html) and the O'Reilly Network (http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2004/10/14/google_desktop.html) share their thoughts on how the desktop search push could change the search technology industry and raise privacy concerns in the process.

DSL Reports (http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/55548)

[ 14. October 2004, 17:43: Message edited by: laracroft8290 ]

14-10-04, 16:44
Is it Google's attempt to take over the world?

Probably, but lets enjoy the super fast searching of our computers for the moment. Better than the built-in search of XP http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

*Starts using it...*

14-10-04, 17:12
Hm, not content to scan private email, they want to see everything on your computer too! To know every website you visited, every page you looked at, every IM conversation you had. To see everything on your computer and to know every file you have, every program you have installed. I think this is absolutely appalling!

14-10-04, 17:29
Supposedly it never goes anywhere according to their privacy policy. It stays on your computer. In the preferences area you can tell it what you do and do not want it to index. NTFS file systems do the same thing technically just not as widespread. This type of search function was built into the Mac, but I'm not sure it was as good as or as fast as Google Desktop is.

14-10-04, 18:12
Does it try to connect to the internet? I'm always suspicious of things that try to connect to the net. LOL, even the TR games try that! But anyway, I would't be interested in something like this. I very rarely search my pc for anything. I guess that means I've got a really good memory ( http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif :D ) .

It seems odd to me though. Why would you need a program to find a site you looked at? Isn't that what your browser history is for?