First part, you're 100% correct nagromme. Apple as far back as the mid nineties in OS 7.5 had an indexing feature of files, though it wasn't great. This indexing feature (some may have noticed it starting at midnight, etc., depending on how it was set up) got better in OS 8 and OS 9 and worked inside many files. So buckuxc, basically you're engineer "friend" is laughably wrong, he'll never admit it but Apple, like so many things in the computer world, was way ahead of, and pioneering things peecee weenies could only dream of.nagromme said:The Mac has had searching/indexing of file contents--automatically, without any manual steps to index--long before OS X.
As for Windows techs "knowing" about Macs without ever actually looking into them... I'll try to avoid being too shocked
I would've asked your roommate why Microsoft has a new desktop search tool if Windows already has this?buckuxc said:...and he immediately responded that Windows has been able to do Spotlight's capabilities, i.e., searching, searching within the text of files, etc., for a while now
One feature that Windows indexing has that Spotlight lacks is the ability to thrash your hard drive and render your computer completely unusable through near-constant disk access. Damned if Windows didn't get that one down perfectly.buckuxc said:he immediately responded that Windows has been able to do Spotlight's capabilities, i.e., searching, searching within the text of files, etc., for a while now - it is called indexing.
It a combination of many things, something is just not right with that man.It seems he tries to hard and falls on his face, gets up and does it again. All this effort to just look and sound like a clown, truly sad indeed.SiliconAddict said:Don't you mean his smell? The man sweats so much you could grow rice.
The text searching it VERY rudimentary and sketchy at best. Honestly its comparing Lynx web browser to FireFox. MS may have spit across the finish line but Apple waltzed.clayjohanson said:I just fired up my Windows 98 VPC, and there is a Find function (Start > Find > Files or Folders) that allows you to search for files containing text. So the functionality was in Windows back in 1998. I don't have a Windows 95 VPC set up right now, so I can't confirm whether this functionality was in that version of Windows.
EDIT: But, I do recall (and here's the KB article to prove it) that Microsoft had a program called "Find Fast Indexer" in Office 95, which came out in the summer of 1995.
Download the Apple Keynote from MWSF 2005 and show him the part about Tiger and spotlight. THAT blew me away....buckuxc said:[...] So anyway, what exactly is the difference between Spotlight and Windows file indexing?