Swimming with the Razorfishes

Thursday, April 05, 2007


More poking around with Google Desktop.

The index for my laptop's drive is less than 6 meg total. Nice and compact.

On a strange note did anyone notice that Google Desktop installs an InputManager:

Meat-Click:~ eric$ ls -las /Library/InputManagers/GoogleModLoader
total 8
0 drwxrwxr-x 4 root admin 136 Mar 14 19:54 .
0 drwxrwxr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 14 19:54 ..
0 drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 14 19:54 GoogleModLoader.bundle
8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 428 Mar 14 19:54 Info

I thought Apple was getting rid of InputManagers in the next version of the OS. Regardless, this is kind of odd.

Also, did anyone notice that it also installs a kernel extension?

Meat-Click:~ eric$ kextstat | grep goog
114 0 0x3dbfe000 0x6000 0x5000 com.google.driver.GDFSNotifications (1.0.0) <6 5 4 3 2>

That strikes me as really weird. It would be cool if Google explained why the software needs a kext.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


So Google Desktop for the MacOS was released today. Pretty slick. As with many things Google, this is technically a "beta," and will likely be so in perpetuity.

Anyway, the search is fast and details are presented in a web page (dig that embedded webserever!), an interface that is surprisingly more usable than Apple's spotlight.

The "Google.com integration" is particularly funky.


Those "on your computer..." results are actually from a couple of mail messages in my GMail account; pretty slick.

Based on casual use, Google Desktop seems to both index content and return results more quickly than Apple's Spotlight, including showing recently visited web pages (it has indexed 50,000 files as I've written this post).

One odd thing: Google desktop doesn't seem to let you do much with the search results. Basically open the file with the default (associated) application. It is an odd omission to not allow me to see a located file in the finder.

But good show, Google. The app, and the installation, is slick and relatively seamless.

Monday, April 02, 2007


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