Tony McIntyre from my old team has started blogging!!!!
Check out his first post titled SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Crawl performance Part 1.
This is a great article to hook on while also checking out my article Understanding SharePoint - Part 1 - Understanding the SharePoint Portal Server Indexer. Tony has also done a ton of work on debugging iFilter issues, and has a wealth of information to bring to the table, so everyone give him a warm welcome!
I remember the days (I mean nights) of deep night CritSit phone hand offs with one another. (And sorry buddy, I don't miss them one darn bit :))