Google Desktop 2.0

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Google has outdone themselves again. Just when I was getting used to RSS feeds on my Google homepage, I can get them as a sidebar, along with a scratch pad, email, weather, etc. Think of it as the equivalent of Dashboard (Mac OS X Tiger) for the PC.

NICE!

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15 Responses to Google Desktop 2.0

  1. Ben says:

    Thanks for the heads-up… Nice! Google rocks.

  2. Josh says:

    or you could just install Tiger on your PC…

  3. Derek Lidbom says:

    Not likely. At least I hope Apple doesn’t go the route of opening up OS X to all hardware. Stability would go down the drain.

  4. john says:

    i know nothing about tech stuff, but i think this is pretty cool

  5. Derek Lidbom says:

    Not legally you can’t. Apple is coming down pretty hard on people who’ve posted some of that stuff. I don’t know why, but it makes me a little upset that people are doing this. More upset than I get when people pirate mp3s. Which brings up a discussion point. Do you guys think it is wrong to pirate software (for any reason)? What about MP3s? Movies? TV shows not yet available on DVD?

  6. Josh Creason says:

    It’s illegal even if one owns the software and the/or a Mac? It sounds like they plan on using Intel processors in the future anyway…
    Of your list of pirated things, I have trouble understanding the deal with TV shows. If I can watch it broadcast over air for free, why not be able to download and watch it? I don’t see commercials either way, so what’s the difference?
    Another one to add to your list is books. What’s the difference from someone downloading a book verses getting it from a library? My reading it gains no income for the author either way. Yeah, the library had to buy the book, but when you divy that out amongst the 5,000 patrons who check the book out, I don’t see it making that big of a difference. And it’s not like the library gains anything if I check it out, it’s a free library (but i guess their budget is adjusted based on use by patrons).
    I guess one could argue (and I probably have in my head before) that mp3s aren’t much different than listening to the radio…is it illegal to record off the radio and listen to it again? I am inconsistent in hypocritical when it comes to music. I don’t download distribute “Christian” artists or hires (DVD-A or SACD) music. I guess I’m willing to buy something I value…and I don’t value some “normal” CDs because I can listen to them for free anywhere (radio, internet radio, etc.). Now, if we could just get more artists to put their work out on hires formats…
    All of these pirating categories also change when you add to them the aspects of not only using them, but either distributing more copies or, worse yet, selling copies (which is the easiest to be against). I’ve been using a lot of opensource progs recently and have been very pleased. One of the few things I have not found a suitable replacement for is Photoshop. So, the economic draw of stealing software is diminishing…

  7. Derek Lidbom says:

    Everyone knows I love Josh, but I’d like to take this opportunity to come down hard on him. Maybe it will foster more good conversation. I’m flinching hoping I’ve covered all my bases personally.

    It’s illegal even if one owns the software and the/or a Mac? It sounds like they plan on using Intel processors in the future anyway…
    Yes, but they will probably be DRM managed intel processors and I bet the OS will continue to run only on macs. My understanding is that it violates the license agreement to run OS X on anything other than a Mac or an x86 development machine supplied by Apple.

    Of your list of pirated things, I have trouble understanding the deal with TV shows. If I can watch it broadcast over air for free, why not be able to download and watch it? I don’t see commercials either way, so what’s the difference?
    One is illegal? Actually, I’m just guessing that that is the difference. I don’t know for sure. I added it in there because lots of people feel the way you do and justify downloading that stuff because of that. Are you going to delete the shows after (if) they become available on DVD? Are you going to consciously research to find out if they’ve been released yet? When the technology evolves such that you can immediately pay for any show and download it (in DRM format), will you delete all your downloaded content?

    Another one to add to your list is books. What’s the difference from someone downloading a book verses getting it from a library? My reading it gains no income for the author either way. Yeah, the library had to buy the book, but when you divy that out amongst the 5,000 patrons who check the book out, I don’t see it making that big of a difference. And it’s not like the library gains anything if I check it out, it’s a free library (but i guess their budget is adjusted based on use by patrons).
    My understanding of the library system is it is almost an exception to the rules…a benefit provided by the government because we can’t all afford the books we would need to do research (a very basic understanding I’ll admit). But, that doesn’t justify downloading the book. Guess what? The library can’t check out the same copy of a book to two people at the same time. THAT is the difference. Just like you can lend a book to a friend, but you can’t copy it for him. I don’t take much stock in the whole, “I’m not stealing because I wouldn’t buy it anyway” argument used, because I used to use it with music and I understand how to most (maybe not all) people it is just a rationalization to ease their conscience.

    I guess one could argue (and I probably have in my head before) that mp3s aren’t much different than listening to the radio…is it illegal to record off the radio and listen to it again? I am inconsistent in hypocritical when it comes to music. I don’t download distribute “Christian” artists or hires (DVD-A or SACD) music. I guess I’m willing to buy something I value…and I don’t value some “normal” CDs because I can listen to them for free anywhere (radio, internet radio, etc.). Now, if we could just get more artists to put their work out on hires formats…
    That’s fine, because I only steal non-Christian budget paperbacks from bookstores too. After all, I can go and and read them anytime for free, so it must be ok to take copies of them. 😀

    All of these pirating categories also change when you add to them the aspects of not only using them, but either distributing more copies or, worse yet, selling copies (which is the easiest to be against). I’ve been using a lot of opensource progs recently and have been very pleased. One of the few things I have not found a suitable replacement for is Photoshop. So, the economic draw of stealing software is diminishing…
    You do realize that by illegally downloading software, music, etc. you are endorsing the “worse” activity you mention above, right? But, it’s good to hear that once the draw of stealing is gone, you won’t do it anymore. 😀
    It’s not open source, but you should try Paint Shop Pro. It is much cheaper than Photoshop and supports layers, psds, etc. If you like it more than Photoshop, I’m sure you can find a crack on a warez site. 😀

    And that’s just the legal side. I think there are some reasons believers should be especially careful about this.

  8. Josh Creason says:

    You’re right, the bottom line is, if it’s illegal, it’s wrong whether or not I understand it.
    But that doesn’t mean we can’t debate the issues. 😉
    The only one I still don’t get is TV shows. Why does it matter whether or not it’s available on DVD? If they are broadcasting it for free, how is it different if I download it (appart from it not being legal)?
    We need elibraries so that we can “check out” ebooks to read. I so much prefer that route for most “fluff” reading because I can stick it on my PDA and read away anywhere I may be stuck in a line, waiting on someone, etc. and I can listen to it read in my car. On top of that, I read about 8 books in europe on vacation. When you’re taveling like that you have to travel very light weight and having books on my PDA was wonderful. I would be willing to pay for a library like that. I think for me, that one isn’t so much about the $$ but the convenience.
    I confess these areas have been one of my many downfallings as a believer. I also think I have improved considerably…but have a ways to go.

  9. Josh Creason says:

    Due to the work of the Spirit through this discussion and many other converging factors, I am changing my practices. I have spent the last two and a half hours deleting files and destroying CDs/DVDs. I have probably freed up about 100gig of space, not to count the spools and spools of media. It has been painful. I must admit, there are still a few strongholds that I’ve not gotten past yet. I feel a lot like many of the latter Kings of Judah before the captivity – 2 Chronicles 30:31-34 “31Now Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years. And his mother’s name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32He walked in the way of his father Asa and did not depart from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD. 33The high places, however, were not removed; the people had not yet directed their hearts to the God of their fathers. 34Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first to last, behold, they are written in the annals ofJehu the son of Hanani, which is recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.”
    (not that I necessarily “do right in the sight of the Lord” but I’m trying). I have always had the hardest time understanding why in the world those kings never went all the way. This experience has certainly given me insight into that problem.
    The things I had the hardest time deleting were the things that I can’t find anywhere else (discontinued, too old, rare, etc.). My personality style is big on collecting, preserving, organizing, categorizing, etc…so this has been very hard for me. And it will continue to be.
    Now, watch some person with legal power sue me that I’ve written all this.

  10. Well, I just finished destroying ~225 CDs/DVDs. Some were ten years old, back when CDs cost about $10 a pop, some were $0.03 CDs from a year ago…and everything in between. Not only is it hard seeing all that go, but to think of all the time I wasted compiling, organizing, downloading, finding and burning it all plus the money that went into that pile of worthless plastic. Ugh.

  11. Derek Lidbom says:

    Josh, that is awesome! I rejoice in you actually carrying out your convictions as the Spirit moved. What a good insight into how it parallels the kings as well!

    I have a TON of CDs of old stuff somewhere in the boxes yet to be unpacked since the move. As soon as I find it, they’ll be gone. I can identify with the sadness about all the time gone. I’d been thinking about this a while, and hadn’t used my mp3 collection for a long time, but hadn’t deleted it either. I finally removed it Tuesday night. The only thing on my computer are MP3s I legally own (unless there are some hiding somewhere). I had more of a problem getting rid of some of the stuff I couldn’t get any other ways too.

    Well done man!

  12. Dwight Ball says:

    Josh & Derek: I am reminded of 1 Cor 13:6 [Love…] does not get pleasure when an injustice is done, but along with others gets pleasure when truth prevails. (My translation) The greek word translated “get pleasure” has a subtle but important change as it is used in the verse. The first time it refers to love – love does not get pleasure when injustice is done. The second time it is combined with the preposition ‘sun’ or with, meaning in context, those who are loving and those who are the object of that love. So when you by yourself illegally rip a CD, whether you agree with the law or not, you are not performing an act of love. For yourself or God. This act of piracy affects you the most by destroying your integrity. But when you decide to obey the law and do what is right, whether you agree with it or not, all of us are also affected by that decision. Those who share your desire for right living rejoice with you. I remember my mother telling us growing up that if you don’t like the laws, then as a citizen you have the right and the obligation to work to change them. If you can’t get them changed, as a citizen you have the responsibility to live under them. If you don’t like it…. leave. That was another time, another generation though, right?

  13. Josh says:

    You can run OsX on a PC now…
    click my name for link

  14. Josh says:

    or here’s a link for a native install.

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