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Sunday, August 28, 2005
Now That I Have Room...
Posted: 9:04:00 PM 0 comments
Now playing: DRAX - Tears of My Heart (1:48)

After transferring my MAME collection to a new external drive, I'm left with 30 GB+ of hard drive space, and as such I've decided to download Google Desktop again. They've since come out with a new version of the software which has another "clutter bar" that docks to the side. My first thought was, "How many stupid applications need a sidebar like this?"

Well, turns out that Google's sidebar is open, meaning you can write plugins for it. So I'm thinking of trying it out for a bit to see if I can get some functional plugins going for it. I use Trillian, and I've got it loaded up with plugins of its own. Trillian's I find are much nicer than Google's. All entries are on one line, and you can mouseover to see what they are. Google uses two, sometimes three lines for some things it really doesn't need to. But the general interface of Google Desktop is a bit better, and I'm sure with a bit of tinkering I could make plugins similar to what they have now that'll look a lot nicer.

Another thing that bothers me about Google Desktop is the lack of ability to skin it, but that's not really so bad. I'm sure they'll add that at some point. Functionality before beauty I always say, and the folks at Google are geniouses when it comes to that.

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