A nice blog entry on the power and scope of Google:
“This computer is running the world’s top search engine, a social networking service, a shopping price comparison engine, a new email service, and a local search/yellow pages engine. What will they do next with the world’s biggest computer and most advanced operating system?”
Topix.net Weblog: The Secret Source of Google’s Power
Google is massive. Google is daunting. Open source search and indexing is daunting. But the way I look at it, there’s always going to be somebody working on it, so in time, open source search-and-indexing-and-spidering-and-so-on, should evolve to become something pretty sophisticated – baby steps.
In the development of a public or community grassroots system there are significant constraints, but to many, those are simply challenges.