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My boss does this and he is a multitasker who routinely has stuff in eight columns on four monitors. For searching his notes, he basically uses the Windows start menu search funtionality.

He's tried to switch to different Linux distributions but none of them has had a properly functioning indexed search box.






Generally you don't need an indexed search on modern personal computers when what you're searching is the text you've written yourself over the last 20 years. You just use Emacs C-s incremental search.

20 years × 16 hours/day × 365 days/year × 160 words/minute × 6 bytes/word is only 6.7 gigabytes. That fits in RAM on a modern machine and takes 150 milliseconds to search through by brute force. In 1990 it was possible you would need an indexed search, and in fact you might have to print stuff out because you didn't have disk space for it. Now you don't.


it's not about the amount of data, it's just that nothing else than Windows currently does it reliably for stuff across the local and remote filesystems plus Outlook.

His motto is that if any human interaction on computer takes longer than a kid's attention span, the feature is unusable and it must be reworked or killed – and I completely agree with him.


The article is about a technique that avoids this problem: keep all your notes in one large text file. This eliminates the need to search across local and remote filesystems plus Outlook; instead you do a string search in a single text file. You commented on the article, saying, “My boss does this,” but it sounds like he is doing something else entirely. What did you mean to say?



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