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Archive for November 2013

Hyper Estraier

This must be a pretty common scenario. Your company has a private intranet which is a cobbled together group of web servers, wikis, maybe Bugzilla if you do software development, maybe some CRM systems, inventory systems, databases with web front-ends and so on.

After a while everyone starts complaining that that can’t find the information they need. Nothing is structured, and there is no global search facility. What everyone craved was a google-like search for the private data the intranet.


This was becoming quite a problem at my place of work. Until I discovered Hyper Estraier. This is one of those delightfully terse pieces of software that is not only incredibly fast, but flexible enough that I am confident I can use it to index any intranet data we will have.

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Its funny how, even after many years of working with Linux and other Unix-like systems, every now and then a little utility comes up that you never knew about.

blkid is one of those little utilities that is wonderfully handy, and now I find myself using it all the time.

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