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New York Times: : Google’s urgency in releasing a desktop search program shows that it knows the fight over search is moving to new ground. Well I guess Times finally gets around to the same conclusion, what the blogsphere has known for months. Back in June, […]

New York Times: : Google’s urgency in releasing a desktop search program shows that it knows the fight over search is moving to new ground.

Well I guess Times finally gets around to the same conclusion, what the blogsphere has known for months. Back in June, it was clear that desktop search was the “new new thing” and guess what it has nothing do with Google. Its to do with harsh reality of new digital life.

I think as more and more people network their home computers, devices and all sorts of other stuff, there is going to be a need for a special search tool which can “scan” and “find” the stuff on the local networks. I am currently dying trying to find stuff on like a terabyte of data which sits in all sorts of devices on my home network. (from the archives actually)

Which also begs the question: If desktop search is so hot, why do the guys in charge of Sun Microsystems bought a desktop-related tool, and then shut it down. Why didn’t San Jose Mercury News ask any questions about “bone headed moves” Sun makes.

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  1. What exactly is the business model for desktop search? For Google, it’s just another rather simple extension of their model – but for anyone else, I just don’t see how you get paid.

    Sun is just a bunch of clowns.

  2. well its not the business model as pect of it which is as much a question: it is a tool which is growing in importance, and even google knows it. so shouldn’t folks on solaris, sun’s big white hope get at least competitive features. for others, well i am not sure what the business model is. advertising for one is the most obvious one. but what the heck, if the tool works well, and does the trick for me, i will buy the software. i paid for other software like creo’s six degrees to scan through my email database, why not my digital ecosystem. i think blinkx will eventually have to come up with a standalone pro version of their software. i.e. it starts to do more for my desktop, music jukebox, network drives etc.

    what do you think damian. would love to know your opinion on this.

  3. Occam’s Razor Monday, October 18, 2004

    Searching for a few search technologies

    I got this email blurb this afternoon: The long-awaited arrival of heavyweight Google to the desktop-search arena came last week, as the firm unveiled its free technology. But the consensus appears to be that start-ups already operating in the field

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