Knowledge workers use them. Managers love them. System administrators abhor the m. What are they?
They are desktop search engines (DSE). There is a growing market of DSE’s available from such powerhouses as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to DSE specialists like X1. It is a noble goal! Allow the knowledge worker to easily find information from the myriad of documents formats used on local and networked resources.
Unfortunately reality sets in over and over again. Desktop search kills machines. I just finished removing the Windows Live search component from one of my coworkers workstation. Her machine had recently began taking an inexplicable amount of time to boot up, approximately 15 minutes. Unbelievable! After some research I found the newly installed Windows Live Search…..ugh!
This is not the first time, nor the first DSE that has caused similar issues. I have tried DSE’s from Google and X1 in the past with similar results.
So what’s the deal? I know that the indexing process must be incredibly complex but the developers of these utilities must learn that it is crippling machines, even some of the newest ones available! C’mon guys, this is a great idea and people do need this type of functionality but not at the expense of their normal productivity.