[Google seems to be featuring a lot on my blog recently, so I've created a new "Google" category, and added the previous posts to it.]
Google launched a Desktop Search product today, which indexes your hard drive and gives you a unified search interface for local and web content. People have already commented on how cunningly well-integrated it is (it sets up a webserver on your local machine so it can give you the familiar Google interface but with an extra tab for your stuff).
One interesting thing about this which hasn’t been mentioned is that, for the first time, Google’s secret indexing and search algorithms aren’t stored away on some remote servers, or inside some expensive appliance bought by corporations, but are in software on your desktop. Of course the EULA forbids reverse engineering, but that prohibition isn’t valid in all jurisdictions.
It’ll be interesting to see what gets discovered over the next few months…