Search Me

It seems like everyone and their brother released a desktop search tool in the last year. I've never had a problem locating my documents, emails, or any other digital goodies for that matter. Maybe I just have less digital stuff than most folks, or maybe I just don't need to retrieve anything from my digital stuff that is difficult to locate.

My documents, my digital stuff, are organized according to document type, which, even to me, seems bizarre. That's just how I am able to best retrieve my things. There's a folder for PDFs, one for XLSs & MDBs, an other for DOCs, one for images, one for TXT files, and then one last one of miscellaneous crap. Other folders include backups, music, and a few topical folders like class, photos, and assorted other goodies. This structure is repeated on my FlashDrive that goes back and forth between work and home. I tend to think about what I'm looking for as a document format, and I've always been able to find what I need this way.

The most important things on my computer are with out a doubt my emails, especially my sent items, and the DOCs/TXT files. I'm back to outlook express for email, after spending significant time on Thunderbird, Outlook, and Webmail I find myself happiest using a POP connection with Outlook Express. My sent items, the most important folder (excluding my inbox) has well over 15,000 items now, and there's a couple thousand more on LISHost waiting to be downloaded. I have almost every email I've sent for about the last 4 years now, it's quite an archive!

I guess I just don't understand the importance of desktop search. I've never had the need, nor do I see even reaching a point in my life where I might need such a tool. It may be I'm just short sighted, or maybe lazy and not as productive as other people. Then again, maybe I'm just better organized.

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I'm sure someone in academia has mentioned this concept, but its incredibly prevalent in the computer world.

I notice it all the time at work - during system testing something fails to 'meet requirements', which really means we spent a gazillion dollars developing a solution to a non-existant problem. Another situation is we buy something 'cool' from a vendor but when we talk to users about it they give you puzzled looks that indicate they have no clue what you are talking about.

If you look at the 'social security crisis', its an effort to deal with this situation because they've already found a solution, but before its considered they have to create the problem. Its actually pretty smart!

('Solution without a problem' is what I call this concept - it probably has a sexier name.)

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