Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Apple's Sherlock tool provides an unexpected way to "find" dead companies

I used to work for a company called EyeWire. A couple years ago, EyeWire was bought by it's chief competitor PhotoDisc GettyImages and then gradually (painfully) shut down.

Back in 1998, I did up a Sherlock search plug-in for the EyeWire site - allowing people to use EyeWire's website search with Apple's Sherlock tool. I think it was in 2000 that a deal was made with Apple for them to include our plug-in with Sherlock - so we were then a part of the OS distribution.

I was putzing around in Sherlock this morning and noticed the disappearance of the EyeWire plug-in and the appearance of a new GettyImages plug-in. Curious, I dug into the ":System Folder:Internet Search Sites:" folder and discovered that the EyeWire plug-in is still there. However, now it's contents are blank - it's been wiped out - so it doesn't show up in the Sherlock interface. It's not as if it no longer works, either, since the custom version downloadable from the EyeWire site (which, surprisingly, is still up and not just redirecting to the GettyImages site yet) still works.

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