John Sequeira


Sunday, October 17, 2004
GDS and privacy

One promising aspect of GDS worth mentioning is that in the race to present the user with personalized search or search that factors in history, google now has a mechanism for storing that history locally. (compared to A9 and ask jeeves).

With GMail etc., it might not be possible for them to implement customized search with personalization info stored locally or entirely locally, but I hope that's an option.
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Gregor Groks Google

(Or, Google is starting to Grok Gregor?)

Think desktop Google only supports Internet Explorer? I did too, until Gregor Rothfuss clued me in to a nifty FF extension called slogger.

>> How does the slogger/google combo work?
>> Any trouble setting it up?

slogger dumps full html (including images etc) of pages you visit to a directory of your choice where GDS picks it up. interestingly, it shows up in the browser history category (probably based on the .html)

also, in a test a new page was indexed within a minute (or less). GDS seems to have some file alteration monitor.

setup was a piece of cake, just install slogger and configure it, done.

>> I'm going to point to you, but I wanted to confirm that it worked... >> >> Did you figure out Trillian too? I was wondering if copying to a >> different folder or renaming the files worked to get them indexed.

i didnt. i will try shutting down trillian for a bit and setting the last last modified date (i assume that is the trick) to make GDS pick it up.

Jon Udell takes advantage of the Lazy Web to find the same solution.

Also, Google claims they will be offering an API to let others extend support for GDS to other content file formats. That's pretty smart ... esp. since it seems likely that MS, when they finally provide their competing product, will be hard-pressed to get all the file-format-owners they compete with as fired up about supporting it.
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