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Google Desktop

Type of Program: Desktop
Supported Platforms: Windows Vista/XP/2000 SP3+
Company Name: Google
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Price: Free
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The first thing that you have to contend with during the installation of Google Desktop is setting up these features:



After that I got this sidebar thingy that had on it a clock with local time and weather, a window below it that said "Connect to the internet to see the latest news." Well I must be a complete idiot be cause none of th clicks I made or options I checked got me anything but: "Connect to the internet to see the latest news."

Below that was a window showing a photo Mr. Google had snatched from my computer. (I thought that it looked familiar) Screwing around with that I found out that the default action was to do a slideshow of photos in your pictures folder. You can change folders or display photos from online sources.

Below that was something called Scratch Pad. When I clicked on it a window slid out the side that said :Type notes here; they will be saved automatically.

Underneath that was Web Clips. Clicking on that I found out with it you can display clips from blogs, news sites and other online services. One of the options is to Automatically add clips from frequently viewed sites.

And at the bottom a Google search window. Now that did appear to be somewhat useful. I entered some words and Google found all kinds of document and files I had that were relevant.

The bottom line? I uninstalled Google Desktop right away. Why? Well I don't know about you but I never look at my Desktop, why the hell would I? And even if I did I can look out the window (the shiny thing in the house with glass in it) and see the weather. I already have plenty of thing that tell me the time. I didn't get any news.. Plus even if I had in such a small space I don't see how useful it would have been.

Like I said I don't stare at my Desktop, and if I did do I want to see all kinds of photos dong a slideshow dance there?

Though I must admit the search thingy could have been useful. Maybe.

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Reviewed by Joe Tex


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