Google Desktop 2

Besides the fact that is has a huge memory leak, it is still very cool. :) Ok, so I always give google the benefit of the doubt. I installed it and it has been indexing my Gmail for most of the day. I was careless and started installing plug-ins left and right. I installed the System Monitor Panel and saw that my memory was up to 70%. I didn't see anything in windows task manager, so I immediately thought it was a bug with the plug in. I was wrong. My A.D.D. kicked in and I got side-tracked and forgot all about it for a while as I did other stuff. It really surfaced when I tried to send an email with images in it. My computer froze and then about 2 minutes later I got the dreaded 'Insuffient Memory' red X error. I decided to reboot my machine and start from scratch. I then saw that my memory jumped up to 1.71 GB immediately and my system was at a crawl, so I started killing processes to see who the culprit was. My first guess was the right guess; I right clicked on the google desktop icon in my system tray and killed it and my memory dropped down to 423 MB. It is unfortunate that google software had such a bad leak, for I have always commended their software and development practices. I guess that is what you get when you trust 'beta' software thought, but still... :( Anyway, after I stopped the process and restarted it, it is now fine somehow.

All that aside; I love this thing. I see that there is a slew of plug ins for it already. It reminds me a lot of the Konfabulator control that I blogged about a while ago, only it has the google name on it. I think it would be cool to create a command line plug in that acts as your console in one of the collapsible panels. I did see where somebody created a command line interface for it, but it is not quite what I had in mind. I like the weather panel and the photos panel, but some of the others are just annoying, like the 'News' panel. After I remove a news article from the list, it somehow always seems to come back. Anyway, this is what got me juiced up today, so I figured I'd blog...

Print | posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 5:40 PM