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Query to self: How did I live before Google desktop search?
Tom Peters posted this on 06/23/06.
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Posted by shohra at June 23, 2006 10:03 AM
GOOGLE - moving into The Dalles, Oregon - cool huge water flow of le Columbia River - super cheap hydroelectric power.
250,000 servers now - 1M in 5 years ... by far the most computing power in the known Universe.
Posted by Sean at June 23, 2006 10:26 AM
I suggest there is no longer the excuse 'I didn't know' :-)
Posted by Trevor Gay at June 23, 2006 11:22 AM
Maybe its a bit like Sat Nav, Human beings relying more on technology than on self relience! Good thing/bad thing or just being aware of it - who knows!
Posted by Craig at June 23, 2006 11:54 AM
My question - how did I get through school w/o Google? My kids sure have it easy!! :)
Posted by Trish at June 23, 2006 12:04 PM
I'm with you although now have used it long enough to notice odd anomalies when searching email but couldn't do without it now.
Posted by Laura Bennett at June 23, 2006 12:29 PM
Interestingly, we got along just fine. The same is true for mobile phones. How many of us feel naked when we leave home without one? Imagine doing a cross country drive across the US without a mobile phone. We used to. A great poem on the subject can be found here:
Posted by Tom O'Leary at June 23, 2006 2:17 PM
I LOVE U TOO
Posted by NickQ at June 23, 2006 8:24 PM
One answer is to try it! Seriously
A little while ago I lost my email at work - inbox gone - stored mails corrupt (backups corrupt) - strangly nothing much happened - a few urgent "reminders" came in (obviously I said sorry explained what had happened and got on with it). In fact I would say for a brief period I actually got more efficient - less clutter and could get back to basics in terms of running my team. But basically the world didn't stop spinning on it's axis!
Posted by PaulH at June 24, 2006 1:58 AM
PaulH - I used to have a boss who had a ridiculous number of people reporting to him (almost 30) and a job with a massive span. He went on vacation for a week and came back to over 2,000 e-mails! I was with him when he came back: he sorted them and first just deleted the notes he'd only been cc'd on; then he deleted the ones from certain senders and the ones on certain subjects. He kept the messages from his boss and certain other people but all told he deleted 1700+ e-mails without reading them and then sat down to look at the rest. I asked him about it a month or so later and he said, "You know, not one person has chased me up about anything I deleted or asked if I'd read the note or said they were waiting for something from me - and the business has simply carried on."
Posted by MarkJF at June 24, 2006 2:18 AM
Remember the days when you told your mates about your favourite music. Now with Google listing of iTunes through the new affiliate program you can get rewarded for doing it. Just tapping a song into the Google search bar does it! I believe that the presence of iTunes songs ranking first in Google a paradigm shift in how people are directed in their musical purchase decisions.
... and how we can all be rewarded for recommending our favourite music to our friends, readers and contatcs.
My posting on this "iTunes in Google â€¦ affiliate action?" can be seen here.
Posted by Paul Niederer at June 24, 2006 2:22 AM
I recently had to re-assess my e mail priorities when we were without internet connection for 5 and half weeks. This meant a visit to my local library every day with limited time access. I think I was just as efficient but I missed the 'virtual networking opportunities' - those intangible connections we develop through virtual conversations round the world and that we cannot put a measurable value to. I had to re-assess the way I did things. I used the phone a lot more and made more personal connections. It taught me yet again not to rely on 'one size fits all' solutions to anything.
I like your stories PaulH and Mark. I heard a similar one (I think it was from Tom during his talk in London) about a boss who came back to hundreds of e mails in the inbox after a holiday. She sent an e mail to â€˜all staffâ€™ saying - 'Unfortunately I have rather stupidly deleted my inbox by mistake on this, my first morning back. Could anyone who has sent me an e mail in the last two weeks please re-send it?' â€“ Very few came back!
I must try that one!
I think the new technology is wonderful and I donâ€™t think I could survive in my business without it nowadays BUT it is â€˜the cart before the horseâ€™ - our servant rather than our master.
Posted by Trevor Gay at June 24, 2006 4:31 AM
Trevor / Tom: brilliant story. I might try it myself, but with a subtle change: "I've deleted my inbox etc etc... would anyone whose got some urgent matter to take up with me now I'm back from holiday please ring me today?"
Posted by MarkJF at June 24, 2006 8:33 AM
you should also give Microsoft's desktop search a try - it is better than Google's desktop search - way better usability. I use it every day.
Here is the link: http://desktop.msn.com/
Tip: you do not want two desktop search engines running - it will slow your machine down - so i would recommend un-installing Google Desktop first.
Posted by A Big Tom Peter's fan! at June 24, 2006 12:05 PM
I've started using Copernic. It searches email, files, music, pictures, videos, contacts, favorites, and history.
One problem: it doesn't seem to auto-update the archive. SO once you've moved a file, you may find it in the wrong place unles you've given the Copernic a good change to re-index... which requires that the computer is resting. Mine doesn't rest very often. :)
Posted by Ramla A. at June 24, 2006 4:31 PM
FREE MASSAGE AND FREE ORGANIC DINING - for the lucky ones that become GOOGLE ASSOCIATES.
Posted by Sean at June 24, 2006 5:55 PM
yeah GDS is really a great tool. I cnat live without it and neither with clips, calendar and other stuff..
FWIW - theres a book out there 55 ways to have fun.
Posted by /pd at June 25, 2006 9:02 AM
YES!!! - England into the last 8 of the World Cup - Bring 'em on!!! :-)
Posted by Trevor Gay at June 25, 2006 12:35 PM
P.S - Need to share this with you all
World Cup Prayer
God of all nations may we be blessed with the gifts of a football team.
As goalkeepers may we keep out the fierce shots of prejudice, racism and greed, saving others from the penalties of poverty and disease
Working together as a strong back four, may we defend the goal of fullness of life for the oppressed and vulnerable
Grant us the versatility and stamina of midfielders that we may go wherever we are needed to support those in trouble
Give us the creativity and vision of wingers, providing passes of encouragement to those who can make fairer laws and crosses of hope to those in despair
When we are strikers, may integrity, justice and compassion be the goals we would score
And when we are on the subs bench, keep us faithful, cheering on others and inspiring them with fresh belief and energy when we are called to put on our boots
God of all our hopes and all our excitement may this World Cup see new friendships made, old hatreds dismantled and the richness and diversity of life celebrated by all people whatever the colour of their shirt and may the best team win! Amen
Posted by Trevor Gay at June 25, 2006 5:10 PM
England needs a win to build morale. GOOGLE morale = radically HIGH already ... MS may buy Yahoo and/or Ebay rumors ... to better compete with GOOGLE.
Posted by Sean at June 26, 2006 8:35 AM
As a "switcher" (an Apple user who used to use Windows), I'm blown away by Spotlight, Apple's search tool. If you ever get a chance to visit an Apple Store near you, try it out..
Posted by Arun Sadhashivan at June 26, 2006 10:44 AM
I find it unbelievable how much value is still being lost by people in corporate environments still search through antiquated Windows filing environments. I use Google desktop search all of the time when looking for documents, and am amazed by the number of people that give me funny looks at work when I mention it.
Hopefully, the days of moving of the corporate ladder by being a good filer of documents are going away, making way for those of us who use our time to think and dream, rather than organize
Posted by Jason Dolenga at June 26, 2006 1:45 PM
Click on the below link to view Spotlight demo...its cooool! Apple rox!!!
Posted by K.Sriram at June 27, 2006 2:23 AM
Google, eBay and Skype investing money in FON (www.fon.com) - 'Free' distributed worldwide Wi-Fi hotspots.
Telephony as we know it coming to an end.
Goodbye AT&T - Hello FON YOU & ME !
Posted by Lars Olufsen at June 27, 2006 7:05 AM
yahoo desktop search ranks better of all the desktop search utilities out there. my 2 cents worth.
Posted by kpy at June 27, 2006 7:56 PM
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