Originally Posted by Andre Yew
No, just stop taking yourself so seriously and realize that not everyone is out to denounce Windows to boost the Mac.
No, I was pretty clear in my accusation that this was out do denounce windows for NO REASON OR PURPOSE, using, insults disguised as humor, partial information, assumptions, and fallacies in lieu of evidence, reason, or fact. I'm not saying that this is necessarily BAD, I'm just saying that it was neither of the two things you advertised it as being when you posted the link. It was neither perceptive, nor cogent. It may have been amusing, it may have been cute, but nearly none of it was true.
Google is pretty damned fast, and it's searching through far more information than just your hard disk. Google desktop search is fast and has only one entry field. BeOS search was pretty damned fast, too, and it searched everything.
Again, you keep going back to the "one entry field" Google point. Which is false. Google has one TEXT entry field same as Windows search, Spotlight, or anything else. It also has Images, Video, News, Maps, Blog, Books, Calendar, Documents, Finance, Groups, Products, and etc. search refinements. If you are looking for a picture of Bob Marley, and you type "Bob Marley" into Google, guess how many pictures you get on the next page? NONE. Why? because Google didn't search for pictures, it searched for text on websites - which is not what you are looking for. Even if you type in "Bob Marley pictures" what does it give you? Websites about Bob Marley pictures. Which is slightly more helpful, but not nearly as helpful as just displaying all the pictures. To do that, you need to tell it what you are searching for, just like in Windows.
Windows is slow because the way it organizes information isn't conducive to search. That's why Google desktop search has to build an index before you can use it. The Be filesystem also organized things in a very different way than what Windows does, which is basically a traditional hierarchical file structure that's been unchanged for over 30 years.
No, Windows is slow because it is the only search function, out of all those you've mentioned that as a default actually does it's full search when you search
. As you pointed out, Google is an indexing program. Thats how it works online too - your search isn't conducted in real time, it would take just as long as windows search does. Spotlight is also an indexing program, Yahoo - indexing... Its probably a better way to do it, but it has nothing to do with the file organization. It has to do with the prioritizing of computer resources. At least as far back as Windows 2000, you have been able to "turn on" indexing in windows if you so choose.
Because the common way to search doesn't need 5 or 6 choices before it can return useful results. I'm not saying restrict the user's choices, but the initial interface presented to the user by Windows search is ridiculous. Why should I be forced to remember whether Bob was in a picture, contact or email before I'm allowed to search? Just show me where he occurs on my computer, and then I can decide from there which one I wanted.
The common search in windows takes two steps, 1:select what you want to search for (media files/documents/everything/computers or people) 2:search. Google takes two steps - 1:select what you want to search for (web/images/video/news/maps/Gmail/Blog Search/Blogger/Books/Calendar/Documents/Finance/Groups/Labs/Orkut/Patents/Photos/Products/Reader/Scholar) 2:search. Why would you be searching for something that you don't know what it is? How would you know to search for it in the first place? I really don't get this argument. Do you frequently search for random words, wondering what will come up? If you want to watch a video of your child's first steps, why would you want you computer to search anything but videos? If you are searching Google for pictures of Bob Marley, why would you want to search anything but pictures?
There are no inconsistencies --- not mentioning the ability to turn off the stupid avatar is not a fallacy or inconsistency. The web page is pointing out the stupidity of having the dog there by default, not that you can't turn it off.
OK, so the dog is dumb. Great. WTF does Google have to do with it? If your point is true, and its all about the stupid dog, why is the Google analogy asking dumb questions? Is it bigger than a breadbox? Is is an Animal/Vegetable/Mineral? Hmmm? Windows and Google and Yahoo and Spotlight and BeOS ask for the same information when you search
. If this wasn't inconsistent, fabricated, and incorrect, the Google page would be exactly the same, except there would be a cow on it. and all your results would be in a voice bubble. So yeah, it would be retarded, but at least you can turn it off!
And in case you hadn't noticed, the article is not pro-Mac, since it was comparing Windows search against Google.
The only reason I mentioned Apple was to point out that its search uses the same exact ideology as Microsoft's, Google's, Yahoo's, and etc. when it comes to narrowing search parameters.