Thursday, February 09, 2006

Search across computers

Google's starting to scare me...

For example, their new desktop client has this service
(http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote)

>Search Across Computers New!
>
>To search documents and web history from your other computers, enter your
>Google Account information. An error message on the Desktop homepage will
>let you know if you accidently entered an incorrect username or password.
>(see more details about Search Across Computers)
>You can also choose to:
>
> * Name this computer: This name will be displayed in the search
>results of your other computers that have enabled Search Across Computers
>with the same Google Account.
> * My other computers can search this computer's:
> o Documents and web history
> o Documents only
> o Web history only
> * Clear my files from Google: In order to share your indexed files
>between your computers, we first copy this content to Google Desktop
>servers located at Google. This is necessary, for example, if one of your
>computers is turned off or otherwise offline when new or updated items
>are indexed on another of your machines. We store this data temporarily
>on Google Desktop servers and automatically delete older flies, and your
>data is never accessible by anyone doing a Google search. You can learn
>more by reading the Google Desktop privacy policy.
>
> While your data is automatically deleted from our servers, you can
>use the Clear my Files from Google button to manually remove all your
>files from Google Desktop servers. Note that if these files haven’t yet
>been copied to your other computers, clicking this button will prevent
>you from finding them when you search from your other computers. The
>files will, of course, still be searchable from their computer of origin.

This is all starting to look a bit like 'Google wants to organize the
world's information *by having a copy of it all*'! (as sort of predicted
here: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40076)

2 Comments:

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Blogger Simon said...

Very usefull Enabling Search Across Computers
The Search Across Computers feature lets you access your Desktop index from multiple computers. For example, you can enable it to search your home computer from your work computer. To use this feature, you'll need a Google Account.

To enable this feature, follow the instructions below for each computer you plan to use:

Click the Desktop system tray icon .
Select Options.
Click the Google Account Features tab.
Select the'Search Across Computers' checkbox.
In the 'Google Account' section, enter your full Google Account username and password.
Click OK. Your unique computer name appears in the 'Name this computer' field. When you search your Desktop index on other computers, your search results display under this name. You can also use this name to search for results with the 'machine:' operator.
Select the types of files you'd like to make available to other computers.
Click Save Preferences
After you've successfully enabled Search Across Computers, Google Desktop will use your computer's Internet connection to upload and receive information from another computer

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