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Steve Wilhelm

"Imagine the Google UI for your own PC."

You don't have to image, you just need to buy a Google Appliance. See for details.


For the money it would cost me to buy a Google Appliance, I could buy a car. A really nice car. :)

Plus, I'm not convinced the Google Appliance is useful for spidering and indexing a single desktop PC. I'm willing to be convinced that I'm wrong, though. :) :)

Cameron Mirza

I'm sure somewhere in Google Labs there is a desktop indexer being worked on that will eventually be integrated into Google Toolbar/Deskbar. It would be the perfect addition for those tools, and throw AdWords into the mix and they have a whole new source of revenue.


Somewhere in Google Labs they're also curing world hunger, drafting plans for world peace, and prototyping a new delicious type of curry that is code-named blue curry (red, green, and yellow curries already exist, so once blue is perfected, Google's marketing team will be able to spell their entire logo in curry!).

I believe there's nothing the Google folks can't and won't do. It's all just a matter of time.

Not that that will stop Microsoft, who just demo'd hard-drive searching:

MSN vice president Yusuf Mehdie made it clear that Microsoft will be entering the local hard-drive search arena, which analysts see as the next big battleground among search-engine providers. "The Web today is roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of all crawlable material," Mehdie said. "If you can crawl it, you can find it. But you can't find things on intranets, you can't find [things on] deep Web databases, you can't find stuff on your local PC very easily. It's certainly not an integrated experience."

"We have put together a working version of Local PC File Search," Mehdie told analysts and journalists on hand for the demonstration of the latest Microsoft search technology. "Watch how fast it works."

Mehdie then proceeded to demonstrate a desktop search tool that is designed to enable users to find e-mail messages, Word documents and other types of files on their computers. In the demonstration, the search results were returned almost instantaneously. Mehdie did not specify a release date for the new technology.

The race to build a great Fisher has started, but like the race to build a great Browser, this will be a 10-20 year war...

Marcel Keller

The most promising fisher I use:

Was just bought by M$.


Marcel, thanks for your note.

I believe Microsoft's purchase of Lookout speaks to big investments in Fishers by not just Microsoft but also Google and Yahoo in coming years...

Also, TidBITS explains how Apple's Tiger OS in 2005 will have a Fisher called Spotlight:

"With Spotlight, Apple aims to make it significantly easier to find data already on your hard disk. Spotlight won't just search filenames and content, as Mac OS X can do now; it will also be able to gather and search through metadata, much as iTunes and iPhoto can do with Smart Playlists and Smart Albums. Spotlight will power additional smarts: Smart Folders in the Finder (which could let you overlay different organizational structures on top of the basic hierarchical file system we have now), Smart Mailboxes in Mail (letting you group the same set of messages in different ways), and Smart Groups in Address Book."

"It's good to see Apple acknowledging the need for more access to metadata about files and other data objects in the system, since as the amount of data we all accumulate increases, the more difficult it becomes to manage. Apple's metadata search engine will be able to extract some metadata from files automatically, and developers will be able to add their own metadata as well, making it possible to extend Spotlight's capabilities easily."

This will be a long race, like the browser race, spanning a decade, and the entrants have only begun to think about the problems associated with making a fast, useful Fisher.

It's here...


I know, and I'm thrilled... so far the Desktop Google has not disappointed me...

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