Natan wrote: Well, google sure is making strides and offering lots of new goodies. The latest installment brings us Google Desktop, a powerful tool that allows you to search for any text on your computer.
I know the privacy issue re: gmail has been hashed over many times, but does anyone else get an eerie feeling when google is not only used for all your email, but also for the entire contents of your computer?
Yes I have to agree with you. I suppose this desktop by Google is supposed to quicken our response time, but I think it may be a mistake to let a program into your own personal computer space... after all the internet is "open" as far as content is concerned and we need the blistering speed in that area as everyone knows... Yet I wouldn't want a "window-like" structure seeking out for me throughout my own computer. It's an invasion of privacy for one thing and another is that it keeps me from learning and remembering where it is I have everything. It could limit my power of thought... now that's good for most people, of course, but not for me.
At any rate Microsoft is coming out with it's own version, while Google rushed its version to beat Microsoft to the punch. My read on this new desktop doo-hickey is that most web experts seem to be taking a wait and see approach... which is wise. It brings up more amusment when we are begining to see a new state of censorship coming from the usual sources in America. Microsoft, after all is now become corporate enough to ban certain curse words from their new blog service. Will Microsoft's new Desktop Browser censor pornographic images... perhaps one might ask a Bill Gates, he and his company are pretty invasive lately on the "morals front". These companies are simply pandering to their own religion... which has been away for quite a while this time... My advice is to sit tight, we might be in for a long ride and these rides can get rather interesting.