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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/10366/no-such-thing-as-a-free-search/

No Such Thing as a Free Search

July 29, 2009 by

Not being an authentic geek (I just play one at the office), I still have a front-row seat to the exciting process of web development in real time. The most recent series of events was a wild ride from top to bottom, with seemingly endless learning along the way, something the user of Mises.org doesn’t see directly but which makes an enormous difference in the overall experience of the site and its capacity for further development to keep up with the resources and technology.

It all began with the search engine (can we formulate a rule that it always begins with the search engine?). Google has been very sweet to Mises.org all these years, given us public results we could use in a nifty (AJAX) application running on every page of the site. Bliss was it to be alive for all those years. Then one day we discovered that we had exhausted the limits of our benefactor’s charity. FULL ARTICLE


Havvy July 29, 2009 at 10:22 am

Well written piece on the practical usage of technology. I too have been watching web development, and I have learned a few things (like the cert issue) from this. May your search troubles lead to an improved site. Granted, I do not use your search engine, I am happy to know that I do not need the www. part for the Mises site.

Also, since this is a more technically inclined post, the pink pig next to the donate button is hard to see it as such from a glance. You might want some more contrast in it;

Jack Ellis July 29, 2009 at 10:45 am


I just finished reading your missive — Excellent depiction of the real world.

I run a small company that has developed a computerized system for managing large wine collections. I came into this after a brief tenure in eBusiness development at a large telecom company. I spent many [many] years in the technology sector, having written my first code to run on an IBM-360/370 in 1970. I have been involved with computer technology for more years than the vast majority of those out there today, and I continue to be amazed at what has been accomplished during those years. It is as fascinating as it can be frustrating [as in your case].

Your example of the individual that found his first cup of coffee to be more important than taking care of his customer, however, is the one thing that we cannot be proud of. My company may not have the greatest technological wizardry, but the customer always comes first – or I best not find out! Coffee will be the last thing for which they will be looking.

Congratulations on your success! You clearly have a great team there, and I applaud your persistence and your accomplishment.

Best regards,

Jack G. Ellis, CEO
Invictus Wine Group
Napa, CA

Daniel C July 29, 2009 at 11:12 am

A fascinating story and insider-look at the workings of Mises.org. Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey!

filc July 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

Yes, people mis-understand how SSL certs are used. Everyone believes SSL is based on your domain. The cert is yes, but the protocol SSL which encrypts your data and is not a part of the cert at all, runs over port 443 and is applied on a per IP basis. Only one SSL connection per IP. So if your running various host headers in your website and you want them all to be SSL you will have to have them all on different ip’s! :)

The actual cert itself just tells the client’s browser that you are who you say you are.

Nice post. :)

Dato July 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

“We had to make a choice: all or nothing, whether mises.org or www. We made the choice: all for Mises.org.”

You could have opted for a kind of certificate called a “wildcard certificate”, for the “*.mises.org” domain (these are more expensive, €120 excl. VAT per year for my provider). That would have been acceptable to a web browser seeing either the “X.mises.org” domain and the simple 2-level “mises.org” domain as well.

Curt Howland July 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Competition doesn’t just mean that prices get driven downwards, it also means that it aught to get easier over time because they want your business.

filc July 29, 2009 at 12:48 pm

The cert industry is fairly messed up however thanks to Verisign. I feel as if they’ve got some special privileges from FCC which has allowed them to be the only cat in the hat for far to long. The whole Certification process makes me feel like I’m working with the internet mafia. *Buy our protected certificate or else you will be labeled bad!*

C July 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm


With heartfelt thanks for your efforts (and to David and Brandon, as well), I hereby dub thee

“Honorary Authentic Geek”

mikey July 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for posting this, after reading it I have an excuse to go for a few drinks.

Graeme July 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

What “amazing site-wide search-and-replace tool” did David use?

Gernot Hassenpflug July 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm

It’s all so wonderful & confusing, but the great thing is that solutions for almost any conceivable technical and business issue can be found more easily now than in the very recent past, and to be expected to be more easily found in the very near future than today. Amazing! Congratulations on results achieved.

BioTube July 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Graeme, I’d guess sed.

Bruce Koerber July 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

It is like luxury goods. The wealthy (the intelligence and principles of those at the Mises Institute) demand exceptional goods and services and then those goods and services become more readily available to everyone else.

I enjoyed reading about what the great potentials are out there!

David Veksler July 30, 2009 at 12:45 am

“What “amazing site-wide search-and-replace tool” did David use?”

Several tools. HandyFile Find And Replace for files, and stored procedures to replace the text in the database.

Alexander S. Peak July 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Good work. I think www is antiquated, anyway.


Brian K July 31, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Most free stuff works great for beta sites and such but as you learned as your traffic grows all data needs to be as streamlined as possible. Good work on the site the streaming audio is fast and pages load times are normal.

Thinking a little bit forward considering all the troubles within the news industry I was watching this lecture from MIT in which the panel talks about the future of book publishing. At like the 50 minute mark this gentleman goes on the computer and shows some experiments with books on the web. I thought the point of allowing people to put there notes that they would usually put in the margins would be amazing. Think, there could be the options like first time readers questions and thoughts, than like what lew rockwell and other mises scholars thought about a certain idea.


Mac July 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm

That was instructive.

Thanks Jeffrey.


(8?» July 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Is this what I’m having to wait on to load?

It took me over ten tries to even get a page to load. Then it took over a minute to finish.

Also, since it uses http://www.google.com I can’t block it without blocking all of my google access.

Matthew C. Kriner October 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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