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I've found an excellent hack for effective document sharing in a small collaborative work group, like in a LAN.

1. Setup a Windows file share on a dedicated Windows machine, and get members to dump shareable docs in a neat folder hierarchy.

2. Install Google Desktop Search (GDS)

3. Install DNKA (dnka.com) - DNKA[1] is a GDS plugin that allows GDS to be searchable over the network.

DNKA adds web based directory browsing, which can be pretty neat too. Authorized users can login / authenticate by IP and browse/search docs in less than 30 minutes from step 1.

Now, tell me this isn't effective and neat! [2]

Ideas, comments, rants?

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[1] DNKA is pretty neat since it has host-based-allow rules, and password authentication, and login based content filtering (more or less). I also liked the extensive logging feature.

[2] I especially like this for the relative lack of administrative overhead. I'd imagine doing the same with Apache Lucene and antiword, pdfextract and other tools would be quite challenging.

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