I got a refund! Woohooo!

A long long time ago on July 6th 2005 I’ve posted a rant post about how I’m so pissed at Google after I had to pay $37.25 to get a “Free” Google T-Shirt I won because I wrote the Google Search API .NET Wrapper.

Well, now after 8 months I finally got a refund.

It started as a strange Email I got from the GoogleStore saying something about my request being handled. I didn’t figure what this was and the Email didn’t have any special links in it.

I looked online in my credit card’s bill and I saw a refund of $37.25 from Google.

Although it’s a bit late I still would like to thank Google for hearing me out. Way to go! Keep up the good work!

Now I won’t be embarrassed (I was embarrassed before because I had to pay almost $40 for a geek T-Shirt) to roam the street of Tel Aviv with my very own Google Desktop Geek T-Shirt!

Thanks Google! (really)

My so called Google Desktop Search Plugin

If you remember, I talked in one of the previous posts about the Google Search API .NET Wrapper I wrote that includes a single coherent API for both Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS)?

I submitted it to the Google Deskop Search Plugin program almost a month ago and I just got an Email saying that it got in. You can check it out here.

How lovely :-)

The Email said I get a Google Desktop Search T-Shirt for free, but when I entered the site and entered the coupon code it said that there are no more T-Shirts like that available. Bummer.

I Emailed them and hopefully I’ll get a response soon. I’ll keep you posted if I’ll actually get a T-Shirt out of this.

Another thing I got was $20 for AdWords. Haven’t used it before but it looks interesting. Perhaps I’ll publish my other blog, Advanced .NET Debugging, through it.

Google’s Search APIs

I’ve been messing around lately with Google’s Search APIs including the Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS).

This is part of some experimentations I’m performing in regards to productivity and search engine/applications.

I’ve wrapped both GDS and GWS APIs in a nice .NET assembly (source code in C#). Both of them have the same interface and can generate the result as a .NET DataSet, as an XMLDocument and return the raw format that is being returns from both GDS (string) and GWS (their result structure).

I think its useful for people that wants to access both searches in the same API and integrate this into their applications.

So… here it is.

Click Here Download GoogleSearch assembly (both source and binary)

Enjoy and don’t forget to send feedback!