Andrew Leonard of Salon does a pretty good job sharing with us the pros and cons of Googling your brain. Or, er, using Google Desktop Search to find the info you need. Even if it’s info that you created and filed yourself on your own little computer.
Google, in its original incarnation as a Web search engine, made me even lazier, by at least a couple of orders of magnitude. Now, not only do I no longer have to worry about whether something is important or not, I don’t even have to remember anything I thought I once knew, either. If I have a question, I Google for the answer. Dates, spelling, locations, who screwed who in Greek mythology — I used to be good at all that stuff, but now, heck, who cares? As long as I’m connected online, I can find out whatever I want. This is comforting, and relaxing. Ever since I stopped trying to remember things, I’ve been way more productive. Now, with Google Desktop Search, the world suddenly has an easy-to-install application that makes searching your own hard drive as painless, fast and familiar as searching the Web.