BACKGROUND: Google Mini is essentially an appliance, a mini version of Google that they ship preconfigured on a cheap rackmount webserver, with a light version of Google installed. You can configure it a little to look like your site, and get it to catalog just your site’s pages, and then integrate a search box into your website to implement site search.
At TheBigDay, we bought a Google Mini box. It lasted a little less than a year before biting the biscuit. So, Google shipped us a new box as it was under warranty. I sort of expect that a webserver would last more like 3-5 years at least, but whatever…they replaced it, so let’s move on, right? Not real happy about all the extra time I had to put in, but at this point I was OK with the support. Continue reading The Disposable Search Engine