I had a vision today when signing up for Amazon S3. Here is the background: Amazon s3 is great, cheap storage, API, scalable, reliable, accessible from anywhere (Internet capable), etc… I plan on using it for my personal backup center putting things like my personal source code library, photos, & important documents. I get everything a enterprise company gets but at my rate. Great.
The one thing I’m dreading is maintaining folders. Lets be frank, directories/folders are anything but proficient compared to say search. That’s why Google beat Yahoo!. Yahoo! was a directory, you had to drill down to find results where as for Google you searched for them. Yahoo! later changed to be a search engine but people are starting to forget the thing was directory of links, users would submit links and Yahoo! people would categorize (not so automated would you say?)
So for Amazon S3, I’m going to have act like I work at Yahoo! back in the day, this is going to suck big time. That’s when the revelation hit me.
I already have my personal backup center in Amazon S3 now I need my personal search engine. I could easily write something that populates a simple html page with a directory listing of all the files I have stored/want indexed. I would then want to login to koders to search for code/files/documents etc….