Adding Other Extensions to Google Desktop Search

I asked the question a while back of how Google Desktop Search determines what is and is not a text file. I was distraught because it seemed to find my Java, Perl and Python files without breaking a sweat, but was ignoring all my Ruby, SQL and C# files. It turns out that they do indeed have an “approved extensions” list for determining what is a text file. Enter GDSPlus. This extension/patch for GDS gives you the ability to add whatever extensions you want for indexing. I downloaded it, followed the directions (some of them belatedly…) and now all the aforementioned ignored files are being indexed alongside those that the Google folks decided were search-worthy. I’m very happy.

The only real drawbacks are that in order to add a new extension, you have to whack the cache that has already been created. In my case it was close to 700 Mb. It wasn’t hard to whack it, and the directions with GDSPlus tell you exactly what to do, but I don’t like the fact that it has to start over again from scratch. The other drawback is that as soon as the Google folks release a new version, it will have to be patched again. Unless, of course, they fix this deficiency before the next release. Let’s hope they do.

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Blue Collar TV Is Painfully Funny

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Foxworthy for years, but I happened to catch an episode of his new show called Blue Collar TV the other night and I laughed so hard I was in pain. The show is Foxworthy with fellow comedians Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy and it shows on The WB on Friday nights. This past week’s episode was called “Education” and involved one really funny sketch featuring a spelling bee where the participants were supposed to spell “engine.” The first contestant asked “You mean like ‘Cowboys and Injuns’?” Good one.

But the part that made me laugh so hard was a spoof of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Think about how many videos you’ve seen on AFV that culminate with some poor sap getting whacked in the crotch with a golf club, baseball bat, farm implement, child’s fist/foot, or any other blunt instrument. That’s what this spoof was. It involved Jeff Foxworthy hitting Bill Engvall in the crotch with a shovel over and over and over. I was laughing so hard I could barely keep my eyes open. I was able to get a copy of the show and one frame from it is posted above. I have watched it about 10 times now and I just can’t stop laughing. I have now added this show to my weekly watch list. I can’t wait until the next episode.

After watching that episode, I remembered that I had borrowed the DVD of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie from my mother, so I popped it in and it was equally funny. They have a sequel coming out on Dec. 7. I’ll be sure to get it.

First Day At the New Company

Well, today was “Day One” of the new company. We spent all day in a conference room, trying to nail down what our “product” is, and boy did we make progress. After one particularly good session, I opined that “We came in with a kick-ass product, but now it’s way kick-assier.” That may well become our rallying cry… 😉 Seriously, today was an excellent day. We made major progress towards deciding exactly what we’re going to provide, and a little bit of the “how.” This is a very exciting time.

On an implementation note, I was originally planning on building the product using Struts, but after having lunch with a friend last Tuesday, and doing my own research, I’m about 93 2/3% certain that I’m actually going to use Tapestry. (Thanks, Tom!) I am about 2/5 of the way finished reading Tapestry in Action by the Tapestry creator, Howard Lewis Ship. It’s quite a bit different from Struts, and I really like the MVC model that it provides. It seems a lot more OO to me, and quite a bit simpler to work with and maintain.

An Evening With Poe…

Saturday night we went to the New London Theater‘s production of “An Evening With Edgar Allen Poe.” It was a very enjoyable evening with several Poe classics (and two I’d never heard of) woven together into a single show. It’s community theater, so there were no Tony-worthy performances, but we did have a great time, and the cast should be proud of their work.

The show weaves together these works

  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether
  • The Raven
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
  • The Masque of the Red Death

all within the context of the House of Usher. The narrator, here as “Edgar,” goes to see his despondent friend, Roderick Usher, who has written to him. Over the course of his stay, he regales Usher, and his sister Madeleine, with the other stories listed. He begins a tale, the house lights go down, the stage hands reset the stage, and then we see the story unfold. At the end of each story, the action goes back to Usher and Edgar. It was a clever way to combine several disjointed stories into a single evening, while still maintaining a thread of continuity.

I’d never heard of “Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” which is a very funny story about inmates running the asylum. After checking in my Poe Reader, I discovered that I have this story, so I’ll have to read it sometime. I’d also never heard of “M. Valdemar,” which is a story about Mesmerism and its consequences. “Amontillado” and the “Tell-Tale Heart” are among my favorites, so it was nice to see them worked in. I thought “Red Death,” which was the last story told, should have either been given more stage time, or taken out altogether. It was a very short segment and just didn’t work that well. But one not-so-great and six really-goods, is not a bad record.

Altogether an enjoyable evening. We’ll definitely be going to more productions by this group in the future.