Google Desktop, Hearts and Minds

The concept of using Google’s indexing technology on your own machine is an attractive one. The interface is so familiar to most that it’s like second nature, and the idea that you could search for something and see both local and web results combined is novel, and potentially highly beneficial since it is likely that local documents can assist in the formulation of better queries, so the process of relevance feedback is enhanced. Continue reading Google Desktop, Hearts and Minds

Father Christmas – Why I Don't Know Anything

Some time ago, through the miracle of the internet I got in contact with an old school friend who had moved away from Swansea when we were still in Junior School, his distinctive name played to my advantage and after searching on and off for several years I discovered a link to a wry, and beautifully disarming article, written by one Darren Chetty. Continue reading Father Christmas – Why I Don't Know Anything