I'm not sure when it happened but at some point in the last few days I no longer see the applet for the tracker file indexing application (in gnome or in xfce). After thinking I was crazy I stumbled upon this online:
http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/p ... /changelog
Looks like with the gui versions of 0.10 they disabled it. I'm not sure when it made it's way into LMDE. I'm not sure if it is indexing under the hood still or not (don't know enough about tracker to interpret the CLI tools). I tried to downgrade to the 0.8 versions in the repository but wasn't able to, for some reason.