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Google Desktop for the MAC: What files are really installed?

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To all my fellow MAC user buddies out there, if you haven't heard Google has released the first version of their Google Desktop software for the MAC. I installed it last night and it has a pretty slick interface and is supposed to be a replacement (or competitor) for Apple's own Spotlight (which I admit to using less and less of since I started using Quicksilver). I haven't gotten a chance to play around with it since installing it last night but I always wonder when installing software that uses a proprietary installer, "what files are actually being installed on my system and how much space is this going to take?"

 Well fortunately, someone else asked the same questions and went very in depth in finding out precisely what Google is installing on your machines and where. It's pretty suprising, for there are some files that might cause some concern. Give the article a read to find out all the info.

-Paul E.

Posted by: Paul Escandon on Apr 6, 2007 at 1:54:24 pmComments (2) mac os, apple, google


And Apple is different, how???
by Ron Lindeboom
Microsoft always gets the shaft in these kinds of dicussions but as an Apple user since 1983, with Macs since early 1985, I don't trust Apple any more than I could lift and throw the building across Cupertino. Apple's just another company, with a cooler name than Microsoft but not quite as cool as the one that Google has. 
Ron Lindeboom

trust google? why?
by David Walker
i think google gets a free pass because of the cuddly name. you already know they read your searches and your mail because of the ads they serve up. their terms of use tell you that they collect this information and connect it to you personally. this is a good idea....why?!?!

google's not your friend. they're a company.

there are some true nut-jobs about this. check to see what i mean.

unlike them, i don't think google is my enemy either. but they're still not my friend. they're a company.

the bbc counts as mainstream, right? Here's a recent story about this:

here's the money quote about google desktop:

"We think this will be a very useful tool, but you will have to give up some of your privacy," said Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience. "For many of us, that trade off will make a lot of sense."

which means that for some of us, it may not.

yes, this is talking about google desktop 3, right now win-only. but its a clue for us mac users what google has in mind for us.

isn't keeping away from prying corporate eyes why we don't trust msoft?

i'm not saying don't do it. i'm asking why do it when there are less invasive alternatives like quicksilver? or even spotlight?


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