Google gives me results from the "vast internets" within microseconds. Those results are (or used to be) utterly awesome. They have changed the world.
Okay, but when I want to search my "vast store" of PDFs, HTML, and other docs (that never get edited but only accessed) I keep for my research, inspiration and reference, Finder is a good reflection on its name. Windows Explorer was no better when I used that OS, and I never found any app on Ubuntu beside
grep, which, well, just didn't really do as well as Google. And Google Drive just seems to be quite bad at this, too.
Should it not be possible to build an awesome file search desktop / device app that does IR indexing, some metrics of relevance (folder structure, user access count, download from), and can give me Google quality results from my HD within microseconds?
I have an entire hard disk and processor dedicated to one app, I don't mind if it indexes a PDF file every time it goes in, or if it does an initial index build that takes a while.
Also, such a really top notch app should interleave (or annotate) these results with real web results using the Google search API, for extreme usefulness.
Dropbox is awesome for files that always get edited, the undelete and versioning is really rather good, but it's not the search app I can use when I need to dip in to my "vast" curated collection of useful docs I grabbed from the web, and do some brainstorming.
Do I have to build this one myself, or is it out there, somewhere?