Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Farewell Google Desktop! I appreciated and recommended you often. Now what? Copernic, Everything, Windows Search?

This morning, a month late, I discovered that  Google Desktop had died.  So I spent too much time looking for other ways to find the  files and folders that I am unable to label and organize well enough to ensure I can find them again quickly when I need them.   
So far, best advice seems to be about Windows Search - which has been resting quietly available for me all along just above the "Start" button on my Windows 7 Home Premium desktop... and I hadn't ever noticed it. Now I'm learning how to use it.  For some helpful hints, see "Windows Secrets Everything Microsoft forgot to mention. "Getting the most from Windows Search — Part 2"

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Mac users already have something even better.

What about Open Source options?
For more choices see Gizmo's Freeware "Best Free Desktop Search Utility Quick Selection Guide" - even though this set of recommendations still includes the defunct Google Desktop!

For more on the official story of Google Desktop's demise, see Inside Google Desktop


Photo titled "Fundbüro in Berlin" 
Original historic description:  "ADN-ZB Franke 25.1.73 Berlin: Fundbüro Vom Schaukelpferd über Fahrräder, Koffer, Taschen bis zum Staubwedel reichen die Gegenstände, die von vergesslichen Reisenden in den Verkehrsmitteln bzw. auf Bahnhöfen liegengelassen oder verloren werden. Der Leiter des Fundbüros Reichsbahnhauptsekräter Fritz Alisch präsentiert hier einen der letzten Funde: ein fast neuer Kinderwagen mit Kissen und Decken." 25 January 1973, Source Deutsches Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archive), Bild 183-M0125-421, Author Franke, Klaus
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  • Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-M0125-421 / Franke, Klaus / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (], via Wikimedia Commons
"This image was provided to Wikimedia Commons by the German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv) as part of a cooperation project. The German Federal Archive guarantees an authentic representation only using the originals (negative and/or positive), resp. the digitalization of the originals as provided by the Digital Image Archive.
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license. Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-M0125-421 / Franke, Klaus / CC-BY-SA

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