Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category

Historian is on Hiatus

June 12th, 2009 No comments

I want to thank all my friends who took the time out to test Firefox Historian, and give me their feedback. In particular, a big thank you to Treena, Kenton, Glenn and Waleed. As everyone is probably aware by now, I’ve started a new project, and it is not Historian; I’m parking this for now. The client side code is downloadable from the original site,; rename the XPI code to .zip to access it.

If you want access to the server side code, please email me. If there is enough interest, I may even open-source it.

My email? It’s shahzad AT-THE-SPECIAL-PLACE the [There that should defeat the spam-slingers]

Firefox Historian Released

May 12th, 2009 1 comment

I’ve been working on a personal search engine project in my spare time for the past few weeks. This is a Firefox add-on which records your browsing history, and builds a full-text search index.

Basically, the value proposition of this site is that you’ll never need to try and remember individual sites or try and rediscover them through ‘public’ search engines. I only index publicly accessible sites that you may visit, and thus your email etc will never be indexed (as the server does not have your login information, or an implementation of the login protocol).

As far as search engines go, this is quite spartan for now. However, if there is enough interest, I’ll be happy to add enhancements and make the search better and more intuitive. The index updates every five minutes for now. If you need faster indexing, drop me a line and we can work out way to make this possible for you.

For now, you can get the Firefox add-on from here

Feedback is most welcome, but please be gentle and expect bugs, this is an early beta!


Seminar on Open Source Search Tools

February 25th, 2009 No comments

I was the speaker at the Ottawa LAMP meetup for February. I must confess that I really enjoyed giving this presentation as it touch on three of my passions, (1) open source tools, (2) search theory and technology and (3) using technology to help people and organizations work more effectively and efficiently.

The video of my presentation, titled ‘Scalable techniques for large-text repositories: Google in a box with LAMP tools’ is available at

Special thanks to Andrew Ross for recording such a high quality video.