Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Interview on Google Summer of Code

Shahzad Saeed is doing a series of posts on GSoC offering advice for those who consider participating in the program in 2011. (Note: it has not been officially announced yet).

In one of the posts he interviews me, where we discuss the necessary background, skills, etc. for a successful SoC participant. If you find this interesting, go and read it over at Shahzad's blog!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Indexing removable media with Google Desktop

A bit over a year ago I took over maintainership of two open source software packages, which I have been using for a few years before:
  • Spindle Search. It integrates with Google Desktop to provide indexing and search over removable media: you type a (part of) file name and it says which of your DVD-Rs (or USB keys etc.) the file sits on. Very useful once you have burnt 10+ DVD-R with large file collections on them.
  • .NET Wrappers for Google Desktop. It is a supporting library for Spindle Search providing a mappings from Google Desktop API, exposed through COM, to .NET.
Today I have made new releases of both these packages.

Thanks to Manas Tungare, original maintainer of both Spindle Search and Wrappers, for creating them in the first place and trusting me to continue to maintain them, and to beta testers of Spindle Search who have been very, very helpful!