More Google fun

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Yet more Google fun and festivities. If you're into this kinda thing they've got what they call Google Desktop, a mini search engine for your personal documents. You can use it to search for documents, images, web pages you've viewed, email, etc, and it works with Outlook, Thunderbird, Firefox and a whole host of other programs. Traditionally it worked as a window that hovered around your screen but the new version 2 includes what's called a "sidebar", a window that fits on the side of the screen to show you a variety of information. The sidebar can show you web page news, stock prices, weather, email and more. Two really cool features are a Photos plugin that cycles through your pictures, and a status display for Google Talk to make using their new chat program even easier. To make life even better, they have an enhanced version designed for use in businesses called Google Desktop Enterprise that lets you set it up for everyone to use in your corporate network and centrally control their preferences. Very nice indeed.