I tried Google's desktop search program a while back for about six or eight weeks. It was kind of cool but I was never sure whether it was slowing down the computer or not. I suspected it was, so I uninstalled it but never got a chance to check it out before tax season and another new computer took precedence.
For those of you gentle readers that are unfamiliar with this concept, a desk top search program (available for free) applies the same technology that search engines use to find cool things on the internet to your personal computer that's sitting right in front of you.
For people like the Wine Commonsewer, with tens of thousands of emails (I'm not making that up), Word files, tax files, music files, and assorted other goodies, this kind of program can make finding the item you want a lot easier. You get to use key words and search parameters just like the real McCoy.
The people who brought you the entire series of Windows For Dummies books have put together the Desktop Search Handbook, which compares and contrasts the five or six major offerings in the Desktop Search arena.
It isn't free, but at $15.00 it just might be worth a gander. These guys are top notch and it's 65 pages of hot tips.