I regret having installed the Google Desktop Beta. I thought they would have ironed the biggest bugs, but my first experience is not reassuring.
- I installed it on my P4 2.8GHz with about 100GB of data (lots of it CD and DVD copies – so files that are large where no indexing is needed).
- The indexing process has been running for more than 5 days. Every now and then the progress bar remains hanging (e.g. remains on 27% after 12 hours of running) although the process keeps running. Reboot necessary.
GoogleDesktopIndex.exeprocess runs continously at 50% CPU, which makes the computer slower, but also often at 100%, at which point the option left is to reboot.
- the “Sidebar” is very buggy, it remains “Loading” forever, cannot be stopped and does not update. I think it’s the “Images” component. When it crashes: reboot required.
- they’ve used ActiveX everywhere. Why not Python with py2exe? Then the Sidebar would run on every platform instead of just on Windows, and it would be easier and safer to write plugins.
- the Google Adsense plugin sounds like a good idea, but I did not get it working, the authentication failed every time.
So I remain to be convinced about the Desktop searching thing. Bye Bye Google Desktop.
What would be a good idea in the mean-time: an publishers’ API for (read-only) access to the Google Adsense statistics. How about an RSS feed (an ‘AdStatFeed’)? A nice simple MRTG-like graph? An web-based version of CSVAdStats? How hard can that be?