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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:06 PM
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Here's a search article that Marco recently published:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/is.../09/WebSearch/

I am not personally a fan of Sharepoint, but it has it's place in a corporate intranet. Also, some hosting companies offer it (like WebHost4Life).

Regarding chat, I made some low-level components for plaintext and encrypted sockets. I wanted to set up a chat server on port 443 because I figured most companies don't block that port and I could use encryption to hide the traffic. But it turns out most modern firewalls used by businesses actually inspect port 443 traffic looking for an SSL session ID so my plan didn't work out.

The only way to pass chat traffic through corporate firewalls is to mask it inside HTTP or HTTPS packets. I didn't implement that yet but it seems plausible. We could stick encrypted base64 data inside a valid HTTP packet and the firewalls should let it through.

Eric