I've been searching for a good solution to add search to my Handbook site; I'm already having a hard time finding things on its private pages. My requirements are straighforward: I need to enable public and private searching, I need to be able to search Web pages as well as various document types, and I need it all to be ultra-simple (I don't want installation, spidering, reporting, or maintenance to get in the way of my primary work). After much consideration, I selected the Google Mini search appliance, which I expect to receive in a few days and will install over the weekend.
This adds one more stack to my wiring closet (where I already have a heating problem - this isn't something that one normally worries about in a residence) and one more Linux box (I have a dedicated Linux firewall to keep the Bad Guys out, as well as a Linux terabyte file server). I'll blog the process of installation as it unfolds.
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