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GDS is a TSR on OSX

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

Saturday, April 14, 2007
12 years ago2,164 views

The TSR acronym, which stands for "Terminate and Stay Resident," comes from a specific MSDOS system call. The general effect was often that, while that people would *think* they were closing or disabling a program, it would continue running in the background. This is my experience with Google Desktop on OSX, as evident in this screenshot.

Before I rebooted, I disabled it in my system preferences and it didn't shut down. I issued a kill command and it restarted itself. I rebooted my computer and there it is. Whatever the rationale behind this persistence, it is unintuitive and annoying, so I uninstalled it.


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James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hmmm... I definately wouldn't be happy running Deskyop under those conditions. I uninstalled it on my windows PC because of the memory it was taking up. My computer was so slow.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"Google Desktop is designed to run continuously in the background, and you will not be able to find items that you receive or view while Google Desktop is not running."

Brian Mingus [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I don't need Google searching my computer. I use the UNIX `locate' command. What GDS is really convenient for on OSX is searching Google.com. You just push ⌘-⌘, type your query and push enter. Voila, It opens a new tab for you in Firefox. It's the fastest way to Google that I have experienced. A program that "runs continuously in the background" is Eeeeevil!

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