Scoble asks if Yahoo is working on a desktop search product. Of course he doesn't really expect me to answer that, does he? :-)

I'm reminded of the "I'd tell you, but I'd have to kill you." scene from Top Gun.

But it does remind me that several folks have e-mailed me to ask why I haven't posted anything on the Google Desktop Search tool. There are two reasons:

  1. I've been really busy. This week, being the first for the new job, has been like drinking from a firehose. So much to learn, think about, and do. And bad ideas to stop before they grow.
  2. I haven't used it. I own exactly one Windows computer for the purpose of running exactly one application: SeeYou. If it existed for Linux or the Mac, I'd sell that computer off. [1] Perhaps KFLog will get there someday?

However, I do wonder who's going to be the first to follow Google's example and build a decent desktop search tool for Mac OS X and one for Linux. Ideally, it'd also work seamlessly in the browser--just like I'm hearing Google's does. And who's going to be the first to make one that's home-network aware. One that can coordinate searching across my Powerbook, Linux boxes, and that Windows box too.

[1] The funny thing is that I just recently ordered a Windows notebook at work. After 2.5 years of not having a Windows box at my desk, I've regressed. Why? Because now I'm working with a lot of people who throw Microsoft Office documents around on a very regular basis. So it'll simply make my life easier. It also means that I'll be "officially" supported on the wireless network at work, instead of being an outsider with my Powerbook on the lame "guest" network that has surprisingly few ports open.

Posted by jzawodn at October 17, 2004 01:50 AM

Reader Comments
# Indrek Siitan said:

Who'll be the first one to build the decent desktop search tool for Mac OS X? Apple themselves, ofcourse. It's called Spotlight and will be included with 10.4.

As for the Office documents, I do run across a good share of those and haven't seen one yet that the Microsoft Office on Mac OS X has problems with.

on October 17, 2004 02:46 AM
# Derek said:

You're getting a WinLapTop so you can read Office documents? Apparently you've been in a cave and don't know that Office 2004 for Mac is out? :-)

on October 17, 2004 03:46 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Actually, no. I have been using Officeon OS X to cope until now. And it's a bit of a pain. Since my laptop isn't a "company machine", I have to jump thru hoops just to get the document to it. Then I end up finding that the document has a few things that aren't quite right: a screwed up font, tweaked margins, etc.

What I really need is to see the docs as my coworkers intended. Office is not as cross-platform as I first thought, which is a sad thing.

on October 17, 2004 08:24 AM
# Mike said:

Wait, so why can't you say on your blog about a potential Yahoo Desktop Search ? Are you somehow constrained by some agreement with Yahoo not to say anything about it on your blog ?
Isn't that really stomping on your expression ? Who are they to say what you can or can't say on your blog ?

on October 17, 2004 08:31 AM
# Philip Tellis said:

ht://dig or namazu
both are good for desktop search.

on October 17, 2004 08:47 AM
# Robert Scoble said:

Heh, of course not! But, I note that you didn't deny it either. Wink wink. :-)

Get a Tablet PC. Then you can send them back Word docs with ink on them and totally mess with their minds!

on October 17, 2004 10:14 AM
# Brian Arnold said:

So, at work, you get to drink from... the fire hose! should the comments neuter that img tag.

I read that line and totally pictured this scene from UHF.

Relevance to the entry? Not much. Just figured I'd share some levity from one of my favorite movies.

on October 17, 2004 11:35 AM
# Kannappan said:
on October 17, 2004 12:58 PM
# Amit Agarwal said:

The desktop search war is more like a World War. Suddenly we are hearing of so many players willing to give their software for free. I Don't know what their long term plans are ?

Maybe, they plan to come up with ad supported versions later.

Just my 0.02 cents.

on October 18, 2004 10:10 PM
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