Desktop Search

[Old Forum eric.leebow] anonymous
Created: 8 years and 7 months ago
Wondering if there would be any benefit to a DDG desktop search application.  Anyone have thoughts on this?

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Do you mean a widget to search Duck Duck Go from the desktop or something that searches your computer? The former would probably be good for some people though I'd probably ask for people to contribute them; the latter seems too out of focus.
posted by yegg Staff8 years and 7 months ago Link
hey eric,
ya, i've thought about it (and currently implementing one for my own use....)
there are many attempts at this (a sample):
strigi, tracker, pinot (Free Desktop), recoll, etc.

the main problem/mistake i feel other approaches have made is distinguishing between "online" search (web, internet, duckduckgo, etc.) and "offline" search (desktop, non-internet, etc.)
i think a good approach would be one that married the two
hence, my previous post inquiring about "customized"/"personalized" search
the ideal approach would thus somehow allow a duckduckgo profile file to be located on one's own kompooter (not located at duckduckgo), which would hopefully lead to the possibility of integrating desktop and web search as one
and make that "artificial" barrier invisible

feel free to shout out any thoughts/comments...
posted by [Old Forum guest] • 8 years and 7 months ago Link
Re: Eric, while a ddg-style desktop search (for seraching your computer) might be nice, I think there are plenty of other ways to do this (I use Search Everything (Windows)). Also, the idea of ddg's crawler running on personal computers would not sit well with all of the privacy-oriented folks. If you want to search the web from the desktop, then I suggest getting a browser with a shorter startup time. Google Chrome comes up very fast (the reason I switched from FF), and the Canary Build is faster still.

Re: Guest, the online/offline divide is very real, and not at all artificial for me. The files on my computer are mine, and the files on the web are someone else's.If I wanted to download something after not finding it on my own computer, I would want that to be a separate step. And again, anything ddg does to index users' computers would be completely against their current privacy policy.
posted by [Old Forum nate.p] • 8 years and 7 months ago Link