from the I-can-haz-a-search-engine department…
Update: Sorry about the tacky donate link all. I tried to hide it from feed readers with WordPress’s <!–more> feature, but evidently that doesn’t apply to feeds.
When it comes to market share, Google is to Searching as Microsoft is to Operating Systems. Thankfully Google has won their dominant position by creating a really amazing product (you can find plenty of discussions on why Microsoft is on top elsewhere).
Recently Yahoo! opened up their search APIs for anyone to use along with a handy Python library. In a time when Yahoo’s very existence is being threatened, I felt a pang of nostalgia for the search engine that fed me decent results for “free dos games” throughout the mid-90s.
So last night I whipped up a little search engine called Hzzah!*
- Open Source! BSD to be precise.
- Did I mention simple? That’s really all it has going for it…
If you have Bazaar installed you can grab the code a variety of ways:
# If you know Subversion, use this method. `bzr up` will keep you up to date bzr checkout http://michael.susens-schurter.com/code/hzzah-public # If you want to hack on Hzzah or are comfortable with bzr, feel free to branch bzr branch http://michael.susens-schurter.com/code/hzzah-public hzzah-steve
You can also grab a zip, but its probably going to become out of date quickly.
Read the README file for help setting it up.
And like I say in the README, if you’re feeling generous, feel free to toss some cash this way:
* Make fun of the name all you like… there’s no good domain names left. The name is inspired by a friend from college for whom huzzah was her exclamation of choice.