February 10, 2006 3:25 PM PST

Google Desktop 3 criticized

A new feature in Google Desktop 3 that allows people to search for documents across multiple computers poses privacy risks and should not be used, a consumer digital rights nonprofit and a security company are warning.

Google released the latest version of its desktop search application on Wednesday. It includes an option that allows people who regularly use several computers to search for items stored on multiple computers simultaneously.

Once the Search Across Computers function is enabled, text copies of documents and Web history are automatically transferred to the other computer that has Google Desktop installed. When the user searches on one computer for information, the second computer is automatically searched.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warned consumers that the government or litigious rivals could subpoena the search engine for the information stored on the Google servers before it is deleted, which Google said is within 30 days.

The threat is underscored by the recent Justice Department request to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and America Online for random Web search records. Google was the only one of the companies to deny the request and challenge it in court.

"EFF urges consumers not to use this feature, because it will make their personal data more vulnerable to subpoenas from the government and possibly private litigants, while providing a convenient one-stop-shop for hackers who've obtained a user's Google password," the EFF said in a statement on its Web site on Thursday.

"Coming on the heels of serious consumer concern about government snooping into Google's search logs, it's shocking that Google expects its users to now trust it with the contents of their personal computers," EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston wrote.

"For this feature to operate you need to use your Google account, the same one that you use for Gmail, Orkut and the other Google services. This means that if an attacker can obtain your Google login details, he will be able to access your confidential files," security firm Kaspersky Lab wrote in a blog on its Web site. "The good side is that this feature is an option and is not turned on by default. We advise you to keep it that way."

A Google spokeswoman said the data is encrypted while in transit and on the server, where it resides only temporarily. Google also automatically excludes from being transferred any password-protected files and secure Web pages, like those containing bank account information, and enables users to exclude any folders or files and to easily clear them from Google's servers by hitting a button, she said.

Privacy "was an important consideration in the development of the feature, and we have taken a number of steps to protect the privacy of users," she said.

As far as subpoenas, "for the files stored on Google servers we would of course comply with valid legal process, but we provide notice to users when a request for their data is made, unless we are prohibited from doing that," she said.

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Google Desktop and FolderShare
so i've got foldershare (www.foldershare.com) running on three computers to keep a website that my son maintains for boy scout order of the arrow synched. and i notice on the laptop a google desktop search window in the foldershare browser. i have (make that past tense: had!) an older version of google desktop running on one of the other computers. so i type a phrase into the search window and come up with all kinds of information from the computer with google desktop, the main pc for my financial transactions, which is NOT in a shared windows folder!!! google desktop is gone!

mark d.
Posted by markdoiron (1138 comments )
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Perhaps
you should have set Google Desktop up properly in the first place.

I believe that the Desktop is NOT for everyone...I use it but won't be turning on this new sharing feature...yes it is not turned on by default (those evil doers forgot to do that).

There are drives, folders and file types on my computer that I have told Desktop not to include and it doesn't. Version 3 even allows for no search unless you input your Windows logon password, maybe instead of deleting it you should have upgraded ;)

And why do people use beta products then get all pissy anyway?
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
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Because of that i use Lookeen ( www.lookeen.net )
Can recommend everyone, who gets a lot of mails or data every day!
Posted by MichaelSad (2 comments )
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Google Desktop and FolderShare
so i've got foldershare (www.foldershare.com) running on three computers to keep a website that my son maintains for boy scout order of the arrow synched. and i notice on the laptop a google desktop search window in the foldershare browser. i have (make that past tense: had!) an older version of google desktop running on one of the other computers. so i type a phrase into the search window and come up with all kinds of information from the computer with google desktop, the main pc for my financial transactions, which is NOT in a shared windows folder!!! google desktop is gone!

mark d.
Posted by markdoiron (1138 comments )
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Perhaps
you should have set Google Desktop up properly in the first place.

I believe that the Desktop is NOT for everyone...I use it but won't be turning on this new sharing feature...yes it is not turned on by default (those evil doers forgot to do that).

There are drives, folders and file types on my computer that I have told Desktop not to include and it doesn't. Version 3 even allows for no search unless you input your Windows logon password, maybe instead of deleting it you should have upgraded ;)

And why do people use beta products then get all pissy anyway?
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
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Google desk top search
I have four computers in my network and I have Google search. It is very helpfull and I love it. I am the administrator and I assign the rights of every user. All this security thing made by googles's enemies is BULL ****. Because Google is successful all the loosers throw rocks any one who succeed. It happen every day in the media.
Posted by kharoof (3 comments )
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Just ask Microsoft............
the supposed MONOPOLY which follows you to the store and forces you BY GUNPOINT to purchase Microsoft operating systems and software or die.

Gotta love the EINSTEIN JUDGE who ruled that one. What a whackjob.

YET, I can get high-speed broadband VIA cable ONLY if its Time Warner because no one else is ALLOWED to compete with them in my area. But they arent a monopoly.

I say GO GOOGLE! Its what the world needs - yet another fiercely successful story!
Posted by MS789 (17 comments )
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Google desk top search
I have four computers in my network and I have Google search. It is very helpfull and I love it. I am the administrator and I assign the rights of every user. All this security thing made by googles's enemies is BULL ****. Because Google is successful all the loosers throw rocks any one who succeed. It happen every day in the media.
Posted by kharoof (3 comments )
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Just ask Microsoft............
the supposed MONOPOLY which follows you to the store and forces you BY GUNPOINT to purchase Microsoft operating systems and software or die.

Gotta love the EINSTEIN JUDGE who ruled that one. What a whackjob.

YET, I can get high-speed broadband VIA cable ONLY if its Time Warner because no one else is ALLOWED to compete with them in my area. But they arent a monopoly.

I say GO GOOGLE! Its what the world needs - yet another fiercely successful story!
Posted by MS789 (17 comments )
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GET THE FACTS!
All of these people complaining about privacy with the new feature on Google Desktop 3 need to get more info on the subject. First of all this new feature is DISABLED by default. Google also Provides detailed information on the new feature. Google is doing somthing with technology that few ever have; They are providing you with FREE super cool software with no strings attached! and creating very cool and original things like Google Earth, Desktop, Toolbar and many other things. The great thing is that someone is finally making Microsoft work for their $. I can't wait to see what future things Google has in store for us. <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote" target="_newWindow">http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote</a>
Posted by pkr8ch (5 comments )
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What Google Has in Store...
...a useful smoke-signal was last month's release of *Google Pack* <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://pack.google.com" target="_newWindow">http://pack.google.com</a> which they refer to humorously as *required software* wherein they bundled for free such strong security programs as their favored Firefox browser, AdAware anti-spyware and a sixmonth free Norton Anti-Virus. I trust we can look forward to Google CEO Schmidt, former CTO at Sun, pressing forward with bundling Sun's excellent Microsoft-replacement and free program OpenOffice. In the matter of security, I am guessing Google will decide upon a favored trio of best in class free firewall / anti-virus / anti-spyware / registry mechanic / etc to bundle in the pack sooner than later, thus giving Microsoft's highly hyped and over-priced OneCare security suite soon to be released. The list goes on but the point is that Google is truly the *Anti-Microsoft* in every sense of the term and the world is better off for their delightful threat to the monopoly status quo. I eagerly look forward to their continuing to motivate Microsoft execs to cursing them out and throwing chairs in temper tantrums.
Posted by i_made_this (302 comments )
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Few strings attached
A: I agree with your point on Desktop (I even made the point earlier ;)

B: Google does have strings...its called advertising...but thats ok if you know how to minimize it ;) then you really are getting it for free!
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
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Here's a fact...
Google's clients are not end users but their advertising clients. And their goal is increased value to their shareholders. End users -- the product being sold to their clients -- should review very carefully everything that's offered. That's all the EFF was doing. Nothing wrong with that.
Posted by Betty Roper (121 comments )
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i totally agree
people really need to stop complaining about great free products and services from Google. Google is a big advocate for security and privacy and always has been. they "never" make you use any of their new options that might grow concern... like sharing out your searches to their servers which is off by default. this is a technology break through not with the invention but making it happen. i would never put trust into any company to hold all my information except Google.
Posted by pacificd (8 comments )
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GET THE FACTS!
All of these people complaining about privacy with the new feature on Google Desktop 3 need to get more info on the subject. First of all this new feature is DISABLED by default. Google also Provides detailed information on the new feature. Google is doing somthing with technology that few ever have; They are providing you with FREE super cool software with no strings attached! and creating very cool and original things like Google Earth, Desktop, Toolbar and many other things. The great thing is that someone is finally making Microsoft work for their $. I can't wait to see what future things Google has in store for us. <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote" target="_newWindow">http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote</a>
Posted by pkr8ch (5 comments )
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What Google Has in Store...
...a useful smoke-signal was last month's release of *Google Pack* <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://pack.google.com" target="_newWindow">http://pack.google.com</a> which they refer to humorously as *required software* wherein they bundled for free such strong security programs as their favored Firefox browser, AdAware anti-spyware and a sixmonth free Norton Anti-Virus. I trust we can look forward to Google CEO Schmidt, former CTO at Sun, pressing forward with bundling Sun's excellent Microsoft-replacement and free program OpenOffice. In the matter of security, I am guessing Google will decide upon a favored trio of best in class free firewall / anti-virus / anti-spyware / registry mechanic / etc to bundle in the pack sooner than later, thus giving Microsoft's highly hyped and over-priced OneCare security suite soon to be released. The list goes on but the point is that Google is truly the *Anti-Microsoft* in every sense of the term and the world is better off for their delightful threat to the monopoly status quo. I eagerly look forward to their continuing to motivate Microsoft execs to cursing them out and throwing chairs in temper tantrums.
Posted by i_made_this (302 comments )
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Few strings attached
A: I agree with your point on Desktop (I even made the point earlier ;)

B: Google does have strings...its called advertising...but thats ok if you know how to minimize it ;) then you really are getting it for free!
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
Link Flag
Here's a fact...
Google's clients are not end users but their advertising clients. And their goal is increased value to their shareholders. End users -- the product being sold to their clients -- should review very carefully everything that's offered. That's all the EFF was doing. Nothing wrong with that.
Posted by Betty Roper (121 comments )
Link Flag
i totally agree
people really need to stop complaining about great free products and services from Google. Google is a big advocate for security and privacy and always has been. they "never" make you use any of their new options that might grow concern... like sharing out your searches to their servers which is off by default. this is a technology break through not with the invention but making it happen. i would never put trust into any company to hold all my information except Google.
Posted by pacificd (8 comments )
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Better OS
Its actually amazing how many people continually bash Microsoft just because it's the dominant operating system out there.

If there is anybody to blame for this, I'd have to say it's the education system. Let's be perfectly honest, the average person isn't going to install Linux/ETC onto their computer because its not as easy to use as Windows.

I know that last comment probably got a lot of Linux Fanboys up in arms, but let's be serious shall we?

The average person can't even program the microwave, let alone figure out how to install programs on their computer. The average university graduate has absolutely no idea how to use Linux, and thats because there isn't a need for them to learn it.

The average person needs to be able to calculate a few numbers or create a spreadsheet, write up a few documents for work or for school, check their email, and surf the internet. I hate to say it, but Windows seems to support all these features. Now a lot of people will argue and say that Linux does this too ... I'd agree with that.

Surprised? I'm not a pure Windows advocate, but I'd like somebody to try and convince me just what I'm missing by not using Linux. Let's look at the core arguments I usually see.

STABILITY

I leave my computer on all the time, and I'd doubt I even reboot it once a month. And I'm not the average user either, I can run up to 10 apps at once, with a dozen or more IE instances scattered all over the place. Blue screen? What's that? Last time that happened it was because my hard drive up and died on me. Maybe it I used Linux I'll be rebooting once a year instead of once every couple of months, I figure I'll save maybe 20 minutes a year doing this.

SECURITY

Can't remember ever getting hacked, and if I did, well, I guess what I was doing wasn't important enough to notice. Viruses, trojans, and exploits? Nope, can't say I've been downed with one of those either. Generally, I find users who get hit with this stuff are usually: surfing porn or gambling sites, opening email attachments from people they don't know, or generally installing a bunch of useless programs on the desktop.

SPEED

Most people I know generally spend more time thinking in front of the computer instead of actively doing something on it. These people include businessmen, doctors, lawyers, office workers, etc. Seriously, if you are always taxing the computer, you're probably not the average user.

COST

I'd agree that its cheaper to pick up a copy of Linux than Windows. There's no comparison, one is free, the other well, you actually have to pay for. However, once you have a problem, who do you call? I'm sure that if I surf some forums, Google the problem, and study the answers people write, I'll figure it out. However, if you make any reasonable money above minimum wage you might not find that option too attractive. Frankly, it generally takes way more time to fix a Linux issue than one in Windows (only in my experience mind you), and that to me is worth the money spent for the OS.

The cost issue to me is the most overused argument ever seen. In all of my experiences, as a user, employee, and employer, I have never found Linux to be cheaper to use on the desktop than Windows. It takes more time to fix problems (downtime is expensive) and honestly it's far cheaper to hire some fresh grad who knows how to reboot a computer, download drivers, and reinstall Windows, than to hire somebody who actually knows how to use Linux.

MY SKEWED CONCLUSION

If more people knew how to properly use Linux, it might be a viable alternative. But given the wide disparity of knowledge between knowing how to fix Linux, and pressing that red button to reboot Windows, Linux fanboys are going to be cheering for the underdog for some time to come.

By the way, people don't mindlessly use something just because it comes packaged in the box. If you think that, you're probably a hypocrite, unless you don't believe in the growing trend of modification and personalization.

EXAMPLES

People using non-Apple headphones for the iPod
Downloading DIVx instead of using Windows Media Player
Downloading proprietary drivers instead of using the Windows default ones (think Video cards)

In all these cases, people look for choices when what they get out of the box isn't good enough for what they want. Windows is and isn't a lot of things, but one thing it is, and that IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR MOST PEOPLE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT and then get on with the rest of their lives.
Posted by ehui (14 comments )
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Yeah but...
"The average person needs to be able to calculate a few numbers or create a spreadsheet, write up a few documents for work or for school, check their email, and surf the internet."

If that is all we needed it for we could use out Palm devices exclusively!
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
Link Flag
Good point Edwin
It makes no sense to draw any software(or hardware vendor)if the arguments are not *provable*, *demonstrable* and indeed there are a lot of people using windows and even Linux but many of them do practically nothing than just read email in outlook!

So it's a very small segment of the industry who is on the high (I must admit myself included) and the rest of the world using computers and IT just as much as it deserves the attention (maybe rightly so)

So unless the consumer gets really smart
o Don't expect them to take anything seriously
o Too much talk will also drive them away
o People have lives and do more things like eat, play with kids, have normal weekends, go outdoors, sports etc and they have higher priority than what we do and fight about

So should you really want to change the world into a Linux Uuser world or a mac user world or a mumbo-jumbo(an amalgam which makes us humans actually), start by playing on the tunes which are in context and reflect the reality.

PS: Please ignore my typos
Posted by TarrySingh (29 comments )
Link Flag
Well said....
... and very relevant. It's Windows for you, and OS X for me, and
for all the same reasons you delineate. The difference is mostly
personal preference. Windows works for you and OS X works for
me, the way we want the OS and associated apps to work. End of
discussion for all practical purposes.

There is always room for Linux, but it isn't a simple OS to
use,nor are there enough recognized apps with credibility to
provide a productivity base. That may change, but a lot of work
is needed.

In the meantime, you and I and others can continue with
computer systems that work nicely for us.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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A Rat's Opinion
I think you're correct in all your assumptions, Edwin, though non-ratish in a few. He, he, us guys like that stuff.

I used to feel the same, until I bought XP Pro. I put it on a new computer holding XP Home. Then I found the money I paid for Home was wasted. My copy would only work on a certain make and model of computer -- meaning the exact model it came on. I was out a hundred bucks, which is a month's wages for this rat. I work as a security guard at a cheese factory, and can't spare the money.

Now I'd already written my Congressman to try to keep everyone and his brother off my computer, making it a crime to invade my home electronically. Well, I found Microsoft did it with XP and that certainly wasn't specified on the box. I'd have to trust them to do only what they wanted on the thing. Well, we rodents are cautious critters, which is why we've been around so long. I don't trust Microsoft not to dig into my rat and skunk porno files.

I feel it safe to assume that you check for malware on occasion, but I get it without using gambling or human porno sites. These days, especially with IE (which I haven't used for many years for just that reason) you can get malware by simply clicking onto a site.

So I tried Linux and found it was easy to install and caught all but my wireless adapter. I tried four different installations, with one catching everything but klutzy otherwise. I settled on Debian (completely free) and put it on as a secondary system.

That was about a year ago now, and I've never had to reboot from a hangup, never had any trouble or had to reinstall ( which surprised the crap out of me) and only boot up to XP Pro to work on my music files, about once every few months. Sooner or later I'll find a Linux program that renames files in huge groups, but haven't yet.

I even find some things preferable in Linux, like the native ability to have as many desktops as I want. So, I can't agree with you that it is harder to use than Windows.

Oscar Rat
Posted by Oscar Rat (54 comments )
Link Flag
Better OS
Its actually amazing how many people continually bash Microsoft just because it's the dominant operating system out there.

If there is anybody to blame for this, I'd have to say it's the education system. Let's be perfectly honest, the average person isn't going to install Linux/ETC onto their computer because its not as easy to use as Windows.

I know that last comment probably got a lot of Linux Fanboys up in arms, but let's be serious shall we?

The average person can't even program the microwave, let alone figure out how to install programs on their computer. The average university graduate has absolutely no idea how to use Linux, and thats because there isn't a need for them to learn it.

The average person needs to be able to calculate a few numbers or create a spreadsheet, write up a few documents for work or for school, check their email, and surf the internet. I hate to say it, but Windows seems to support all these features. Now a lot of people will argue and say that Linux does this too ... I'd agree with that.

Surprised? I'm not a pure Windows advocate, but I'd like somebody to try and convince me just what I'm missing by not using Linux. Let's look at the core arguments I usually see.

STABILITY

I leave my computer on all the time, and I'd doubt I even reboot it once a month. And I'm not the average user either, I can run up to 10 apps at once, with a dozen or more IE instances scattered all over the place. Blue screen? What's that? Last time that happened it was because my hard drive up and died on me. Maybe it I used Linux I'll be rebooting once a year instead of once every couple of months, I figure I'll save maybe 20 minutes a year doing this.

SECURITY

Can't remember ever getting hacked, and if I did, well, I guess what I was doing wasn't important enough to notice. Viruses, trojans, and exploits? Nope, can't say I've been downed with one of those either. Generally, I find users who get hit with this stuff are usually: surfing porn or gambling sites, opening email attachments from people they don't know, or generally installing a bunch of useless programs on the desktop.

SPEED

Most people I know generally spend more time thinking in front of the computer instead of actively doing something on it. These people include businessmen, doctors, lawyers, office workers, etc. Seriously, if you are always taxing the computer, you're probably not the average user.

COST

I'd agree that its cheaper to pick up a copy of Linux than Windows. There's no comparison, one is free, the other well, you actually have to pay for. However, once you have a problem, who do you call? I'm sure that if I surf some forums, Google the problem, and study the answers people write, I'll figure it out. However, if you make any reasonable money above minimum wage you might not find that option too attractive. Frankly, it generally takes way more time to fix a Linux issue than one in Windows (only in my experience mind you), and that to me is worth the money spent for the OS.

The cost issue to me is the most overused argument ever seen. In all of my experiences, as a user, employee, and employer, I have never found Linux to be cheaper to use on the desktop than Windows. It takes more time to fix problems (downtime is expensive) and honestly it's far cheaper to hire some fresh grad who knows how to reboot a computer, download drivers, and reinstall Windows, than to hire somebody who actually knows how to use Linux.

MY SKEWED CONCLUSION

If more people knew how to properly use Linux, it might be a viable alternative. But given the wide disparity of knowledge between knowing how to fix Linux, and pressing that red button to reboot Windows, Linux fanboys are going to be cheering for the underdog for some time to come.

By the way, people don't mindlessly use something just because it comes packaged in the box. If you think that, you're probably a hypocrite, unless you don't believe in the growing trend of modification and personalization.

EXAMPLES

People using non-Apple headphones for the iPod
Downloading DIVx instead of using Windows Media Player
Downloading proprietary drivers instead of using the Windows default ones (think Video cards)

In all these cases, people look for choices when what they get out of the box isn't good enough for what they want. Windows is and isn't a lot of things, but one thing it is, and that IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR MOST PEOPLE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT and then get on with the rest of their lives.
Posted by ehui (14 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Yeah but...
"The average person needs to be able to calculate a few numbers or create a spreadsheet, write up a few documents for work or for school, check their email, and surf the internet."

If that is all we needed it for we could use out Palm devices exclusively!
Posted by KsprayDad (375 comments )
Link Flag
Good point Edwin
It makes no sense to draw any software(or hardware vendor)if the arguments are not *provable*, *demonstrable* and indeed there are a lot of people using windows and even Linux but many of them do practically nothing than just read email in outlook!

So it's a very small segment of the industry who is on the high (I must admit myself included) and the rest of the world using computers and IT just as much as it deserves the attention (maybe rightly so)

So unless the consumer gets really smart
o Don't expect them to take anything seriously
o Too much talk will also drive them away
o People have lives and do more things like eat, play with kids, have normal weekends, go outdoors, sports etc and they have higher priority than what we do and fight about

So should you really want to change the world into a Linux Uuser world or a mac user world or a mumbo-jumbo(an amalgam which makes us humans actually), start by playing on the tunes which are in context and reflect the reality.

PS: Please ignore my typos
Posted by TarrySingh (29 comments )
Link Flag
Well said....
... and very relevant. It's Windows for you, and OS X for me, and
for all the same reasons you delineate. The difference is mostly
personal preference. Windows works for you and OS X works for
me, the way we want the OS and associated apps to work. End of
discussion for all practical purposes.

There is always room for Linux, but it isn't a simple OS to
use,nor are there enough recognized apps with credibility to
provide a productivity base. That may change, but a lot of work
is needed.

In the meantime, you and I and others can continue with
computer systems that work nicely for us.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
Link Flag
A Rat's Opinion
I think you're correct in all your assumptions, Edwin, though non-ratish in a few. He, he, us guys like that stuff.

I used to feel the same, until I bought XP Pro. I put it on a new computer holding XP Home. Then I found the money I paid for Home was wasted. My copy would only work on a certain make and model of computer -- meaning the exact model it came on. I was out a hundred bucks, which is a month's wages for this rat. I work as a security guard at a cheese factory, and can't spare the money.

Now I'd already written my Congressman to try to keep everyone and his brother off my computer, making it a crime to invade my home electronically. Well, I found Microsoft did it with XP and that certainly wasn't specified on the box. I'd have to trust them to do only what they wanted on the thing. Well, we rodents are cautious critters, which is why we've been around so long. I don't trust Microsoft not to dig into my rat and skunk porno files.

I feel it safe to assume that you check for malware on occasion, but I get it without using gambling or human porno sites. These days, especially with IE (which I haven't used for many years for just that reason) you can get malware by simply clicking onto a site.

So I tried Linux and found it was easy to install and caught all but my wireless adapter. I tried four different installations, with one catching everything but klutzy otherwise. I settled on Debian (completely free) and put it on as a secondary system.

That was about a year ago now, and I've never had to reboot from a hangup, never had any trouble or had to reinstall ( which surprised the crap out of me) and only boot up to XP Pro to work on my music files, about once every few months. Sooner or later I'll find a Linux program that renames files in huge groups, but haven't yet.

I even find some things preferable in Linux, like the native ability to have as many desktops as I want. So, I can't agree with you that it is harder to use than Windows.

Oscar Rat
Posted by Oscar Rat (54 comments )
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Now my boss has prohibited the use of Google Desktop
After reading this article, my boss started sending emails telling us to uninstall Desktop, any ideas??
Posted by bono31 (2 comments )
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Uninstall the Google Desktop.....
... or find a new job.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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any employer would...
unless he/she is really ignorant of what this might mean.
Posted by ddas77 (7 comments )
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Now my boss has prohibited the use of Google Desktop
After reading this article, my boss started sending emails telling us to uninstall Desktop, any ideas??
Posted by bono31 (2 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Uninstall the Google Desktop.....
... or find a new job.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
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any employer would...
unless he/she is really ignorant of what this might mean.
Posted by ddas77 (7 comments )
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Keep it close to home
With the pervasiveness of society today privacy is a toss up and to me the only way to control your privacy is to keep your info as close to home as possible., With these companies track records I wouldn't store my info online.
Also I am wary of Google's email service as it scans my emails and presents ads relating to them. No, I don't like that. I didn't ask then to fiddle with my email. Get a life Google.
Posted by Blito (436 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Good points....
... but people forget that anything you put on the internet could be
read by anyone else any time, any place. There is no privacy on the
internet. And while I agree that Google is going beyond propriety in
tailoring ads to your email content, there is nothing to stop them
from doing just that.

You didn't ask them to fiddle with your email. And you don't get to
ask them NOT to.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
Link Flag
Keep it close to home
With the pervasiveness of society today privacy is a toss up and to me the only way to control your privacy is to keep your info as close to home as possible., With these companies track records I wouldn't store my info online.
Also I am wary of Google's email service as it scans my emails and presents ads relating to them. No, I don't like that. I didn't ask then to fiddle with my email. Get a life Google.
Posted by Blito (436 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Good points....
... but people forget that anything you put on the internet could be
read by anyone else any time, any place. There is no privacy on the
internet. And while I agree that Google is going beyond propriety in
tailoring ads to your email content, there is nothing to stop them
from doing just that.

You didn't ask them to fiddle with your email. And you don't get to
ask them NOT to.
Posted by Earl Benser (4310 comments )
Link Flag
Whats the point
Considering the way Yahoo has helped the Chinese govt to put a person behind bars should we consider it safe to let Google store more and more of our personal data on their servers.

Considering the low awareness of internet users about anonymousity and security of personal data more and more people are being lured by these applications making them believe thats its a great game.

Now Google has already dropped a new bait in their Chat history log. How far these web applications go along with the home user is yet to be seen.

I never find the need in using an app like the Google desktop, however.
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Whats the point
Considering the way Yahoo has helped the Chinese govt to put a person behind bars should we consider it safe to let Google store more and more of our personal data on their servers.

Considering the low awareness of internet users about anonymousity and security of personal data more and more people are being lured by these applications making them believe thats its a great game.

Now Google has already dropped a new bait in their Chat history log. How far these web applications go along with the home user is yet to be seen.

I never find the need in using an app like the Google desktop, however.
Posted by ddas77 (7 comments )
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Use Copernic
I have found, other than "potential" privacy problems, that google desktop is not that great. I agree with all you that say to configure it properly and you will have no problems. But it is the normal end-users that need to be protected. I think that feature should not even be a feature. Plus, no one knows what really goes on behind the scenes. Who knows until something bad happens that exposes what potential threats we will deal with. This can be exploited just like anything else. As for the google pack, please take a pass on that. Norton Antivirus &#38; Ad-aware SE? Give me a break. Those are two terrible programs that will do more harm (resource hogs) then good. My selections:
PC Search: Copernic
Antivirus: TrendMicro
Spyware Removal: MSFT Antispyware/ Spybot S&#38;D

To all of you who keep using the Anti-MSFT argument, please remember that Google can become the next MSFT. Just because they are new and different, does not mean their visions are not the same. Keep your eyes open....
Posted by ZeroJCF (51 comments )
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Use Copernic
I have found, other than "potential" privacy problems, that google desktop is not that great. I agree with all you that say to configure it properly and you will have no problems. But it is the normal end-users that need to be protected. I think that feature should not even be a feature. Plus, no one knows what really goes on behind the scenes. Who knows until something bad happens that exposes what potential threats we will deal with. This can be exploited just like anything else. As for the google pack, please take a pass on that. Norton Antivirus &#38; Ad-aware SE? Give me a break. Those are two terrible programs that will do more harm (resource hogs) then good. My selections:
PC Search: Copernic
Antivirus: TrendMicro
Spyware Removal: MSFT Antispyware/ Spybot S&#38;D

To all of you who keep using the Anti-MSFT argument, please remember that Google can become the next MSFT. Just because they are new and different, does not mean their visions are not the same. Keep your eyes open....
Posted by ZeroJCF (51 comments )
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don't use it. i got me a mac!
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www.thebignoticeboard.com
don't use it. i got me a mac!
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