Monday, December 27, 2004

Desktop Search Tools -- Again

I think I've finally decided which desktop search to use, despite its flaws - MSN Desktop Search. I'm still annoyed with, though, for the following reasons:

1. When I get results back I want to be able to click on a link or something and open up the file. That's a bummer.

2. It still doesn't find some of the results that the Google Desktop Search is able to find.

However, since it does index code files I'm going to have to go that direction. This is only marginally helpful when all I'm dealing with is my own code (I can generally find what I'm looking for there), but I expect it will be incredibly helpful with other people's code that I download. So, I guess I've made my choice.

For those of you who aren't coders, I would recommend the Google Desktop Search. If they ever make their search work with every kind of text file, I'll switch. If you're a coder, the MSN Desktop Search may be for you (unless you can think of another, and I'm open to suggestions).


At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course with MSN Desktop Search you double click and it opens the file -- are you saying you want single click to open it up or that you want a cached preview of the file?

Can you give examples of files Google surfaces that MSN doesn't and why you think the difference exists? The algorithms shouldn't be all that different.

If you have suggestions you should post them at the MSN Search Wiki:


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