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  Saturday, February 28, 2004
    [1:08:06 AM]

Microsoft and search

This is not a Microsoft bashing post, just to set the record straight before I start ranting.

I've been doing some work on the popular dot net blogging tool, DasBlog (which I think I probably mentioned before ;-)), and naturally frequently head to the microsoft gotdotnet site to get updated source code, check out the forums, etc.

The only snag is that the actual url to the DasBlog workspace is not something that sticks in your head, being as it is made up of some nice words, followed by what can only be described as a most memory repellant stream of unrelated letters and numbers. (I suspect it's something like a GUID, allegedly globally unique, so someones obviously expecting a lorra lorra community projects).

Well, see for yourself: http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=77a29128-4746-4473-b676-e4f1517a1907...

Which leads me onto the main target of this particular rant; there is no link from the gotdotnet homepage to DasBlog, and rightly so as there's far too much stuff there already, slight penchant for minimalist web site design notwithstanding. I don't always use the same computer, so can't rely on digging the url out of the jumbled heap that represents my "favourite web links" folder, which pretty much leaves the helpful looking search box prominently displayed at the top of the home page.

Diving in there and searching for "DasBlog" sadly doesn't return a single itsy bitzy result, and neither does the keyword "newtelligence" (the company, or at least the chap, that wrote the inital code)... which leaves? Right; Google.

In fact the third result from Google is this one:

newtelligence dasBlog - a free .NET weblog engine: Home
newtelligence dasBlog - a free .NET weblog engine: Home. ... The solution requires mapping
the newtelligence.DasBlog.Web directory to http://localhost/DasBlog ... ...
www.gotdotnet.com/ Community/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=77a29128-4746-4473-b676-e4f1517a1907 - 61k - 26 Feb 2004 - Cached - Similar pages

Which leaves me to say, "uh, c'mon guys". Microsoft may well be hiring top mathematicians to develop new search algorithms, and commiting to being a player in the search arena, but, give us something in the meantime? We all love Google, but when I'm trying to go somewhere on the web, and I already know what site it's on it's should be quite unneccesary for me to have to use a search engine to get there!


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