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Tuesday, 26.Oct.2004

9:44 - well, that's no help! // geekin'

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So, testing out GoogleDesktop (spare me the lectures on lack of security, that's one of the things I'm testing it for), it has this nice little feature wherein it caches every webpage you visit. *really* handy feature, I'm thinking. Problem is, it only works with IE as the browser.. WTF? who in their right mind actually still uses IE these days?

ah well, perhaps the next version of it will support the Mozilla familly of browsers.

though I must admit, having results from my computer show up in the GoogleWeb search results page is kinda unnerving the first few times it happens (though it was uber-helpful twice so far and it's only been a day).

In other news, how the bloody frell is it managing to properly index (and cache a good deal of) my files in only 134MB worth of data files? I have roughly 134GB of data on-disk at the moment (slightly more, but what's a few gig here or there). That's to say their indexing is so damn efficient it only needs one byte of index data for every thousand bytes of raw data?

In other, other news: it's not at all perfect. It seems to have entirely skipped a 150MB txt file I have. I enter search queries that I know are in there, and it doesn't return as a result. hrmm.. odd, that. it indexes all the contents of any Word or Excell file (and the other M$Office apps, also). but not this txt file?
I'll try renaming it to .doc and open it so desktop is sure to see it now.

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From:macklinr
Date:17:15 26.Oct.2004 (UTC)
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Actually, given that I'm a professional "interwab guy", I use the browser that 90%+ of my userbase uses, that way I'm more familiar witht he quirks than someone who spends more time cussing out IE than actually using it. Given that a lot of content is produced under and for IE6, I get to view webpages as they were intended without climbing on a cross and telling people to conform to my browser.

That, combined with the fact that the plugins available for IE that I take advantages of that aren't available for Mozilla, are why I use it. I also add that Mozilla doesn't render perfectly to W3C spec either. I have Mozilla available.

So, to answer your question: I, in my right mind, actually still use IE.
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From:macklinr
Date:17:16 26.Oct.2004 (UTC)
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It would help if I completed my sentences:
I have Mozilla available to check my work in, because I'm courteous and professional like that, but I have no delusions about the rest of the internet being the same way.
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From:tobin
Date:17:51 26.Oct.2004 (UTC)
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I use Mozilla in my left mind.
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From:pleckos
Date:3:56 27.Oct.2004 (UTC)
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What does "caches every webpage you visit" mean in layman's terms?
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:5:18 27.Oct.2004 (UTC)
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any webpage you view, a copy of it gets stored in a special place on your disk. This way, if you type in a search term like "foo", then when the webpage shows up in the results and you go to view the cached version, you'll see exactly what the web page looked like when you viewed it, back when it had "foo" on it, even if the new updated version does not have "foo" on it anymore.

--lograh (need to find my password and log in on this computer)
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