One reason you're not hearing much from me is the crash of my computer. Fortunately, I've followed the advice of people like Dick Eastman and have what I hope is a complete backup of my documents. But buying a new computer and getting all my programs reinstalled is taking a lot of time, time that is already overly busy for various reasons.
It was easy. The problem is, it is nearly worthless. I've mentioned before that I think a Google-type search--a single text box--would not work well for genealogy records. This experiment has done nothing to change that opinion.
It is an interesting toy to play with. To install the plugin, go to this page and click on Ancestry.com. Type in names and dates and places. Try someone famous, like "john fitzgerald kennedy." I'm certain that if Ancestry.com put their minds to it, they might vastly improve how well a single-text field search works. But I think tens of man years would never make it so usable that you would choose a single text field over separate name, date, and place fields.
I created this Firefox search plugin at http://mycroft.mozdev.org/submitos.html
This has been a nice diversion, but it is time to get back to setting up my new computer. Stay tuned...