desktopsearch

  • Here is a list of all desktop FREE search tool I have found so far, I am personaly using Google, but regret that there is no Linux version of it...

    Windows only

    Plattform independant   

    x-friend's   (0.2.1 beta) search functionality includes full text search (using apache Lucene) and meta data search. Search results will be displayed within seconds and can be categorized by file type, date, size etc.

    Additionally, x-friend searches the internet, product catalogues, internet news (RSS-feeds), emails and other search services. I will do a Review soon under Suse 9.2

    • Indexing of (Searching in) files, prictures, RSS-news-feeds, mails, etc.
    • Support of: MS-Office-files, PDF, RTF, HTML, XML, TXT, CVS, etc.
    • Usage of meta-information for digital-photos (EXIF-header) and MP3s (ID-Tag), etc.
    Lucidity (http://almaw.com/java/wiki/LuciditySearch) "Lucidity is an Intranet search application designed to make finding documents on big Samba shares on your office/home LAN easier. It will also happily index local files on your hard disk.  

    The search system is powered byLucene and runs as a background process. The user interface is browser-based and is provided by a J2EE web app written usingTapestry. You'll need a servlet container like Jetty to run it, plus the JDK obviously."

    Another program based on apache Lucene: http://www.peerfear.org/rss/permalink/2004/10/28/LotsOfInterestInLuceneDesktop/

    Not FREE


  • Yahoo has start delivering for free its advance beta version, free download here. Since it is using a major and eprouved engine of the market (X1), it is already recognizing more than 200 file format, and will soon be able to search inside your online mailbox. It is a FAT applications (understand not running in a browser) and support only windows. It has right at the beginning some very good features that will help to gain market share rapidly. (Althrough no firefox support)
    I hope that google will be reacting fast :-)
  • Google Desktop 2 includes Sidebar, a panel on your desktop which provides convenient, one-glance access to all sorts of personalized information. Sidebar includes the following plug-ins:  Email,  News,  Weather,  Photos,  Stocks,  Web RSS,  Scratch Pad (post it/notes),  Quick View (history of visited pages)

    For more details and download

    CP00BSM
  • What are the features of Google desktop enterprise edition, and why You may prefer use it, as a simple user, to theGoogle desktop public edition

    • It is free! asall other Google search products...
    • It support web history of the most famous alternate web browser:Firefox!
    • It can search on all drive, and be connect to the a Google appliance server (if Your company has put one in its intranet)
    • The data created by google desktop search on your disk are encrypted... (by which cipher this is unknow :-( )
    • It is reading a lot more enterprise files, like.... Lotus Notes mail! Yeah after 3 years of use, I can drop the catastrophical built in search of Lotus Notes!!! and 
      Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape Mail, Mozilla Mail and Thunderbird for naming a few...
    • Native support of  PDF, MP3, image, audio and video files are also supported while You need to install some plugins in theGoogle desktop public edition.
    • The premium support Costs are described here.

    It can be download free of charge athttp://desktop.google.com/enterprise/

    Last but not least, to unleash the power of Google desktop, some internet page are providing some very good tips an tricks like for example: Google Desktop Search Tips

    Happy Googling! :-)

  • kde430

    My Favorite Desktop under Linux has reach a huge milestone

    KDE 4.3.0 is out, and it is a great release. It is unlikely that any one specific thing will strike the user as the most noticeable improvement; rather, the overall user experience of KDE has improved greatly in KDE 4.3.0. The release's codename, Caizen, is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement throughout all aspects of life. That has been the goal of the KDE team for 4.3.0: polish, polish, polish. The statistics from the bug tracker speak for themselves: 10,000 bugs have been fixed. In addition, close to 63,000 changes were checked in by a little under 700 contributors. That is not to say that the KDE team did not add a large number of new features: 2000 feature requests were implemented in the past 6 months, meaning that any user's pet feature might well be among the improvements KDE 4.3.0 brings. Read more at KDE.org

    Install it under OpenSuse 11.1 using this page http://en.opensuse.org/KDE4 or this icon&160; Kde4-ymp.png (One Click Install)

  • Shocked !

    I today discover how some people work with their passwords...not everyone is able or want to track what happen behind the scene or how things can be broken in the computer world...but let me explain why I was shocked....

    The case

    A group of people is responsible for infrastructure and use a lot of different passwords for all machines, stages, ssh, ftp. They decide to store them all in a convenient word documents, and to encrypt this file with PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), they are using either MSN desktop search or Google Desktop search...I look at one of them...
    He decrypt the PGP encrypted file (the word document), and save it on the desktop, open, work, then close it...

    SHOCK!
    This is the worst security misunderstanding example and should probably be use in school, what is even worse it that it take me 10 minutes of explanations to say that he has no security at all... since it was such a surprise for him.

    If  you think that it is a good way to work or would have done the same, prepared You to a big disappointment, I will make a lot of screen shots to show You how worse it is.

    Note this is not Google Desktop Search nor MSN Desktop Search fault, and I still use their tool, it is user missunderstanding of sense of security.

    Why  was I shocked?

    1. First using Word document, while it is convenient as it allow to do tables, paragraph, change colors, it is in any way:

    • Not portable: to open this file, you will need to have Microsoft Office on all machines.  if You need to open it on a server where Microsoft Word is not installed...only VI or text pad, You will get in trouble...
    • A closed source format, you need to use a 120Mb application to open a file which may be 6kb big (as TEXT file),  not to speak about legacy problems: will You be able to open it in 2 years or what happen if Microsoft Office screw it?
    • A security nightmare: Microsoft Wordalways create a lot of buffers everywhere on disk (understand copy your file in c:\windows\temp for example or in your Document and Settings directory) which lead rapidly to a security problem

    2. User has converted a file from an encrypted format (a PGP file) to the disk! when MSN Desktop Search is still monitoring user interaction!
    This is probably the biggest problem, as soon as the user create, modify or delete a file, the Desktop Search  will see it and process the content of  file (process is call  indexation) and take some snapshots of its content! Deleting the file from disk wont delete snapshots in index either!

    3. Users mayforget to delete or encrypt all instances of file, moreover user will have hard time to really screw files from disk as there is no wiping solution integrated into Windows...

    Let me show You how to loose passwords...

    I have on disk a PGP file, and I am proud I have chosen a  well know encryption tool with a 8192 military encryption key...
    steal password with Desktop Search

    I decide to decrypt it and save result on disk (big mistake)
    password stealing with Desktop Search

    In between and without any warning the Desktop Search tool has index its content and take a snapshot of it....
    I Open the file
    password

    I decide to delete it, empty the trash, then decide to query my favorite Desktop Search tool, I foud the file


       
    and worse content is readable from the search cache:

    even if the file do not exist anymore on disk....

    And Now How to solve these issues

    with

    1. Review Your Desktop Search configuration

    Do not allow Your Desktop Search tool to fully scan your hard disk! exclude disk partition and directory that should be excluded. At least file that will be copied wont be cached in index.

    As in Google preferences page, I use the drive M (virtual) only for mounting my encrypted vault...

    Do not allow Desktop Search tool  to index HTTPS pages!  Do You really want to have snapshot of your eBanking session saved in an unsafe ways on disk? Be careful when checking one of those options:

    As in Google preferences page


    Review Your index content! Type periodically some words and review the results, ex search for password, picture of familly, the word sex if you are often on some pages ;-), bank account credential etc...There is room for a small tool launched at regular interval or a word blacklist option in Google.

    Encrypt Your Index file, Google is able to do it, not MSN Search. While it will make Your search query slower, I dont think it is even noticeable.

    As in Google preferences page


    Do not use PGP to encrypt unique file but use PGP disk to create a VAULT:  PGP disk is not free, but You may want to try TrueCrypt here. The idea is to create a virtual disk partition where all file can be saved without the need to copy them in an unsafe area. This kind of technology also allow You to set unmount options (unmount after XX minutes of inactivities, unmount virtual disk after loggoff )