Google Appliance February 11, 2002 11:42 AM   Subscribe

The Google Appliance is an interesting move on the part of Google. Don't know how much it costs but it would be nice if they were to offer it for smaller sites.
posted by TNLNYC to General Weblog-Related at 11:42 AM (14 comments total)

Well, you can add the free search to your site easily. I did that instead of going through the hassle of adding a search system.
posted by owillis at 12:15 PM on February 11, 2002


This for inside the firewall in intranet environments. Someone I read about 2 weeks ago predicted this. I wish I could remember who it was, or where my car keys are.
posted by machaus at 12:27 PM on February 11, 2002


Oh all the fun stuff this will uncover on your company's LAN. I smell pink slips.

"Hmm whats this metafilter thing you keep posting to?"
posted by skallas at 12:37 PM on February 11, 2002


It sounds like a great idea to me.

I know I've thought a number of times in the past, "I wish I had a way to search for things offline that worked as successfully as Google does online; I mean, I'd bet somebody in our office or in our company has 'x' ('x' being a program or database, etc.), but I'll probably never be able to find it -- or if so, not in time -- 'cause finding it means depending on people to read and respond to my e-mail inquiry, and they may not even realize they're in possession of what I'm looking for." (Sound familiar?)

I just hope it works as well as what we've come to expect from Google. They have such a (deservedly) impressive record, I'd hate to see them jeopardizing their reputation just to make a fast buck -- in an entirely different and, to my knowledge, untried sector (hardware), no less.

Anyone who could actually use something like this interested in contacting them to find out how much $$ they're charging?
posted by verdezza at 12:38 PM on February 11, 2002


verdezza, according to slashdot it starts at $20,000.
posted by skallas at 1:09 PM on February 11, 2002


verdezza, according to slashdot it starts at $20,000.
posted by skallas at 1:09 PM on February 11, 2002


Actually, this would be THE killer-app if it had meat-space search capabilities, e.g.: Where did I leave the damn keys? just type in "damn keys" into your handy-dandy RealFind™, and voila!, it pops up a picture of your keys lying in those pants you wore last night but were too drunk to remember taking off.

posted by signal at 1:14 PM on February 11, 2002


Or it could do a retina scan and tell prospective intimate partners everyone you've ever had, ahem, relations with, and...

No, I don't like this Google thingamajig at all.
posted by verdezza at 3:03 PM on February 11, 2002


or how about that miniature Google chip implant in your brain to search and bring back to your consciousness anything you have ever smelled, seen, felt, heard, thought, tasted, dreamed, imagined, read, .....
posted by Voyageman at 5:59 PM on February 11, 2002


Yes, 20 K for a low end 150,000 documents version and 250K for one that will scale to way more than that. More Details Here

The thing I don't get is how this works when they can't analyze links into and out of the documents (I mean how many people set that kind of document linking up?). Isn't that the thing that gives google such power to find the best and filter it to the top of the list?
posted by willnot at 7:01 PM on February 11, 2002


I still don't know where my car keys are, but here is Dave Winer predicting this product release with somewhat optimistic financials.
posted by machaus at 7:46 PM on February 11, 2002


Hear that? That's the sound of Enterprise Knowledge Management companies pooping their pants.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:28 PM on February 11, 2002


why does the sound of one pooping their pants sound like david arquette taking a hot poker in the eye?

is my soundcard hosed or is it just me?
posted by boogah at 2:43 AM on February 12, 2002


Universities start issuing all students laptops hooked up to a wireless network with Google appliance search capabilities. This could get interesting.
posted by sheauga at 7:59 AM on February 15, 2002


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