Well I know that there is a flood of desktop search from Google, MSN and Yahoo, but I have been using Google Desktop for quite some time, and love it as it eases much of things for me, allowing me to perform several tasks without leaving the desktop.
I would like to list out few things, why I love the google desktop specially the sidebar with all the gadgets I use.
1. I can search for any thing on my harddrive without having to run the freaking windows search.
Yes the biggest reason for me to have google desktop, and let me tell you its pretty accurate at the results 95% of the times, i can get what i was searching for and had stored away in some folder that i had created 2 years ago. i love this the most as it has helped me a lot with it.
2. Second is the new feature i liked which is incorporated in google desktop search, where i can just hit the ctrl key twice and search without having to move away from what i am doing currently, well it has google suggest incorporated too and gives me the results i want.
3. email archiving, well thats the best part, i have a lot of email accounts set up in outlook and the gds sidebar allows me to view all my emails right where i am, it also keeps on updating the time since the mail had arrived in my inbox, it also allows me to read the complete email without the images or attachments obviously, but that does help me just view the subject and part of the body and judge how important the mail is, rather than just going through each and every mail that arrives at my inbox.
well thats not just it, it also allows me to set up filters to which mails i don’t want to see in the desktop sidebar, so i can ignore spam out my view all the time.
4. well i have a cool plugin that allows me to view the rss feeds from different sites all in one place, this helps me avoiding visiting all the sites to see what’s updated and just going there when i see something new and intersting has come up. well another thing is that, this cool thing also stores rss links from sites you have visited, so you can just go to options and add feeds from sites you have visited or just add one you would want to view.
so it saves me from the pain of discovering feeds for sites i like and i can just go to options and add the sites i like to the list of feeds.
5. the news sidebar plugin
well yea i like to read news, with the amount of time i spend working on the computer, picking the paper has become a leisure activity for me, so to catch up on the latest news from around the world i use this, well anything i think is interesting i just click on the link and i can read the entire article.
6. scratch pad plugin
well ever been on the computer and had a phone call, someone giving you important information and you can’t find a pen around and all confused as to how to get this imp information to write somewhere.
well yea i have had this stumbling experience quite a lot of time, thats why i love this cool plugin i can just write stuff there and forget about it, it saves things automatically without you have to do it, well in addition to that it also allows you to save all the contents to a file too.
7. what time is it
well do have clients or people whom you work with in us or uk or any other country, wondering what time it is there when they will wake up or how long before you are gonna get some flak from them, well this is one plugin that allows you to check the time from anywhere in the world, its quite useful for me.
8. desktop netstat
well ever wondered where the connections are going from your computer or which application is using which port on your computer, well this is the solution, it now only shows you where you are connected but also shows you which application is doing it and from which port it is doing so from.
well want to know if you have any spywares or adware running without information and connecting to the internet, use this tool and you will have all the info you want.
9. adsense status
well if you run a site and have signed up for google adsense then you know that you always have to signup to your site and check status well you can do this without leaving your desktop too with google desktop.
10. delicious plugin
well this is not the last but this allows you to view all your delicious tagged links right from the desktop and visit any when you want it to.
well this is few things i felt make my life simpler, if anyone have any good suggestions let me know,
you can check out the new features the google desktop search has.