I feel like a complete idiot for even having to ask this question, but I have never found a way that gives a satisfactory result.
I came to Android during the Froyo release directly from Palm OS. Palm allowed you to search the entire device for a specific word or phrase in one fell swoop. There are times that I know that I have entered something, somewhere, but cannot for the life of me remember where. The information could be in my calendar, contacts, notes in Note Everything, or elsewhere and I'd like to be able to do a search for it such that every app that has text-based storage that is unencrypted is searched. I have yet to achieve this goal.
Is there a native way in Android to do this? Is there an app (or are there apps) that do this? I'm tired of having to go into individual apps and search them one-by-one.