Google has fallen of its pedestal.
I've been happily using the beta for Google Desktop, which allows me to look for documents and more importantly lets me view copies of websites that I have visited in the past. The latter is a great feature when you're on an airplane without internet access.
But I just had to uninstall the application. For the past week it has been taking up CPU cycles like crazy. At times it would take commandeer up to 99 per cent of the processor, slowing down all other applications to crawling pace. (I'm not the only one experiencing this problem).
And you could just forget about launching any other application. If you're lucky it would be done by the time you made a fresh cup of coffee.
I realise that the software is still in beta, and things like this can happen. But disappointment has set in nonetheless, and Google has missed its chance. Microsoft desktop search is likely a likely candidate to fill the void.
This is the price that Google has to pay for treating "beta" differently. Other software developers use beta to indicate that the code is meant for early testing. With Gmail, Orkut, Froogle and other beta services, Google uses the label to tell the world that the technology is pretty much ready, but that it hasn't yet figured out a good business model.
Turns out that the Google Desktop beta really is a beta.
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