Tech: Digital Hide-and-Seek

Desktop search can help you sort through your computer's contents

If you've come to think of your computer as a digital version of the couch that swallowed your car keys--with photos, songs and travel plans all buried in hard-to-reach places--a new breed of software known as desktop search can help. The big names in Internet search--Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, AOL--have released, or will release early this year, a desktop-search tool for consumers, making it as easy to search your PC's hard drive as it is to search the Web. (Existing search tools built into Windows are too cumbersome to compare, says Dave Goebel, president of the search advisory firm Goebel...

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