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Desktop search engines are sprouting like weeds. Google's showed up in October, then Microsoft's in December, and now Yahoo's this month. It's a story full of bizarre twists and turns. Did you know, for example, that Microsoft gave us a capable desktop search engine years ago?
I'd used the Windows indexing service back in the late '90s, when it powered search on my NT-based Web server. But I'd forgotten -- or maybe never knew -- that the same indexing and search capabilities have long been available on the desktop, as Simon Burns and Wesner Moise pointed out in a pair of recent articles.
For performance reasons, the indexing service is disabled by default …