thunderbird with google desktop

i really like the way google desktop search (GDS) can index all things on the hard disk and search anything in a flash. since i have always found the full-content search of my sun.com emails a little slow. i decide to try GDS on it.

so i install GDS on the new windows-amd64 box and then install thunderbird. after configuring the IMAP server, it seems GDS notices nothing. since the mails are still on the server, this looks quite natural. so the next step i download (sync) all my mails from the server. still nothing happens. i go thru the GDS help and read a line that GDS must be installed after you start using the mail client. oops! i quickly uninstall and reinstall it.

great, this time GDS sees thunderbird. i leave the machine for a while (let it go into idle mode). soon, over 20000 of mails are indexed and i can start searching them!

the feeling is great! i can just type into any word and GDS picks out all the mails with the word inside. it caches each mail so that you can read it right there, in the browser, with your search words highlighted. you can even direct click the reply button, which will bring out a thunderbird compose window. in the search result list, you can filter the sender and receiver of the mails. you can also browse all the mails in timeline, day by day. it's amazing!

next step, i'm going to copy as many as documents into a special disk drive and let GDS index all the files there. the first one is the javadoc of course, and then....
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