Another One Bites the Dust

Another One Bites the Dust

In episode 10 of the TSP, Diogo and I talked about organizing information on our computers. He's an organized guy, and I am a bit messy, so unsurprisingly we use different tools and have opposing views on how an ideal system should work. 

At the time I was using an application/web service that met most of my requisites for searching information on my computer, the only caveat being that some personal information was shared with the company and I didn't feel comfortable with that situation, despite the promises of privacy. 

Not that I didn't trust that particular company, it's just the kind of situation I don't believe in promises of any organization. The service was free and that only added to my concerns about the privacy of my data; a possible acquisition; or failure to define a viable financial strategy. 

Has of today, I received an email reporting the shutdown of Atlas Informatics, the company behind Atlas Recall. I wasn't surprised, but I had some hopes that Apple would buy them and integrate it on macOS. It was a longshot I know, but that was my preferred outcome. A revised privacy policy that would guarantee me that my data was mine and a subscription service would also work depending on my ability to pay for the subscription. 

On these screenshots and video from Atlas Informatics, you can see the interface, the service integration and why I was so excited by it. 

Having an integrated search engine on my computer is my dream since I used Google Desktop more than a decade ago. Atlas achieved an even better solution because it was available on all my devices, including the iPhone and had an easy and appealing interface. 

Goodbye Atlas Recall, I wish things have turned out differently because, despite my privacy concerns, I will miss you. 


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