By Deane Barker on January 24, 2004

ZOË: This looks very cool, but I don’t know if the world’s ready for it yet. It aggregates all sorts of…stuff on your machine and subjects it to a federated search. (Again reinforcing the point that even great taxonomies can get trumped by good search.)

The goal here is to do for email (starting with your personal mailbox) what Google did for the web… The Google principle: It doesn’t matter where information is because I can get to it with a keystroke. So what is Zoë? Think about it as a sort of librarian, tirelessly, continuously, processing, slicing, indexing, organizing, your messages.

I ran into something similar to this the other day with ScopeWare. I installed it, but I couldn’t figure out how to get it to do anything useful.