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The Buzz is Back October 15, 2004

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Yesterday Google threw down the gauntlet to Microsoft by announcing the Google Desktop. While all other rivals are playing catch-up with their improved Web searches, Google pushes the technologoy frontier further. The Desktop search application, like all things Google, is elegant, blazingly fast and integrates beautifully with Google’s other products.

Google has brought back the buzz to the Internet. The last time we heard this buzz was when a small upstart was pitted against the Goliath Microsoft. With Micosoft thumping Netscape, there was just an eerie silence. But now Microsoft seems beseiged on multiple fronts. The buzz is back with a bang!

Firefox with over 4.5 Million downloads in less than a month is threatening Internet Explorer, Linux and OSS are engaging Microsoft’s cash cow, Sony/Nintendo seem to be entrenched in the gaming industry and now Google. Google not only has killer applications, it also has the user’s trust and the brand recognition to be a Microsoft killer. It has the ability to make Microsoft’s OS and Office suite redundant by providing the same services via a browser. Refer previous post about Laszlo.

After installing, I tested the performance of the application. Launched the application and gave it the name of a file. It returned the result in less than 0.5 seconds. Not bad, huh? Tried something more difficult. I selected some text from a file deep in some directory. Google again returned accurate results in less than 0.5 seconds. Tried the same with Microsoft search application. After trying for nearly 4 minutes, it came up with an answer: “No File Found”.

Try out the application. It is available at desktop.google.com

PS: Another application I would like readers to check out is Gmail Drive. GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n’drop files to.



1. sudeep - October 17, 2004

yaar tere blog name me Soap kyun hai ? Bizness tec ISB to theek hai.. lekin Soap :-/ ??

2. Dhar - October 17, 2004

Oye Sudej,

Generally on the lines of Fight Club: Mischief. Mayhem. Soap!

Looks like it was too poor a pun. 😦


3. Dhar - October 17, 2004

More importantly, dude did you try out the Google Desktop search?


4. Watziznem - October 17, 2004

Dude, did you build any thing with that laszlo you were talking about? Would really like to know first hand how the the experience has been or any sample to look at. It looks really good but want to know the learning curve and the ease of use.

5. Dhar - October 17, 2004

Haven’t tried it out personally but from the Laszlo in 10 minutes page it looks decently simple.



6. sudeep - October 18, 2004

Its not punny at all 😛

7. Dhar - October 18, 2004

Ab khus? Have changed the title…


8. Anonymous - October 19, 2004

No desktop search for Linux 😦

There are some, but none from google I mean!

9. Flypig - October 22, 2004

Google desktop doesnt do pdf. it doesnt like my antivirus. It wont even install because it says it doesnt like my antivirus and firewall.

Try Copernic desktop. Interface is not as good as Google.

10. Abisurd - November 2, 2004

Corporations are wary of the Google Desktop Search. They feel that if it gets compromised, then their confidential documents stored on individual computers may get compromised. Adobe is usually more liberal when it comes to such things like P2P, when compared with IBM, but it has issued restrictions on the use of Google Desktop Search.

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