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Computer annoyances (part N of infinity)

The new TiBook is here, and I'm working on getting everything I need installed on it.

So, of course I need to get all my bookmarks moved over to it (which is also a good time to get my bookmarks synced up across all my working machines and OSes). It turned out that the main bookmark list is held on my work laptop, so I exported it from IE 6.0 there, and mailed it to myself at home.

Importing an IE 6.0 export into IE 6.0 is easy enough. Unfortunately IE 5.2 on a Mac completely refuses to do anything with it, while Mozilla and Chimera are quite happy with the file. In fact, to get the bookmarks imported into IE 5.2 meant importing into Mozilla and then exporting as a Mozilla bookmark file, which IE 5.2 could then read quite happily.


It's not meant to be this hard! Now, what I really want is to be able to publish my bookmarks to a web service somewhere, and then let all my browsers subscribe to an RSS feed from that service. If there's a change, new values can be downloaded from the service, and new bookmarks uploaded. That way all my browsers (whether IE or Mozilla derivatives) could stay in sync.


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Sep. 25th, 2002 08:10 am (UTC)
What the world needs is....
A personal bookmark repository. With password access a user can sync their bookmarks from any app with it with an SSL connection... For the paranoid, you can run your own. For others as a shared service on the net. But the critical part is getting it into browsers. A free client library would help. The depressing thing with favourites/bookmarks is that they are the oldest set of web information which people can harvest and yet there is *no* good management system for them. IE's shortcut hackery made it even more difficult (and with no percievable benefit to the user)....

Sep. 25th, 2002 09:40 am (UTC)
if .NET My Services had happened, at least My Favourites would have been a start
there are loads of online bookmark companies but I've not found one that doesn't suck...
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