Tag Archives | Bookmark Help

Add Some Color to the Awesome Bar

Is the awesome bar a little bland for you?  Firefox 3’s address bar seems to be something people either really love or love to hate.  Now due to a little creativity and the Stylish extension you can color it up a little ‘bit to help usability.

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This changes up how you use the awesome bar.  Your tags will be light yellow, you bookmarks will be blue, and your history items will be light green.

Colorful, isn’t it?  If you like this you may also want to check out more work by the creator, -=Ben=-.

If you would like to include this tweak to your own Firefox 3 awesome bar, all you need to do is pick up the Stylish extension for Firefox and then install this scriptAwesome Bar Background Color Based on Type (WOW) *.

Weave 0.2 Ready to Sync You Up!

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Along with a fresh design, Mozilla Labs has also release Weave Prototype 0.2.  What is Weave, you say?  It is Mozilla’s answer to the problem of keeping all your bookmarks, history, passwords and more in sync across multiple computers.

So what is new in this 0.2 version of Weave?

  • Intelligent scheduler for synchronization to improve performance.
  • Expanded set of supported browser settings and metadata, including:  Bookmarks, Browsing History, Cookies, Saved Passwords, Saved Form Data, and Tabs.
  • Support for retrying failed network operations.
  • New server format performs better when there are frequent changes (e.g., for history sync).
  • Significant reworking of the startup experience, including a new Setup Wizard that performs account creation in chrome and allows for customization of settings.
  • Improved error detection and handling.
  • Notification dialog added to the status bar for displaying error, status and asynchronous events with or without required actions, e.g. authentication errors, notification of shares, etc.

Might be worth mentioning that they are still saying this version is for testing purposes only, so if Firefox later on kicks you in the head, points its browsing finger and laughs while your down, you were warned.

Ready to test it out?  Then download Weave 0.2 here!

Here recently, I just switched from Google Browser Sync to Foxmarks.  Once Weave gets all the kinks out though, I’ll probably be switching again because I really like the idea of having everything accessible no matter which PC I might be at.  Check out the Weave 0.2 Release Notes for more information.

Cover Flow for Bookmarks

There is no doubt that the cover flow feature on Apple machines reeks of pretty eye candy that I wish I could enjoy.  I don’t have a budget big enough for a Mac or the time to learn how to use it, so I’ll have to stick with the knock-offs for now.  BookmarksPreviews (found via Download Squad) is a new addon to Firefox that wants to copy that fresh cover flow feeling with your bookmarks.

Cover Flow for Firefox

At the time of writing this they say it works for both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3, but due to their different bookmarking systems some things might be different.  This is a very unique way of getting up close and personal with your bookmarks, and while I don’t see this making it into a future Firefox release – it is nice to see the option out there for those of us who like our eye candy.

Bookmarks by Chore or Subject?

Sort your bookmarks by task and not by subject. Over time I have learned to depend less and less on my bookmarks for getting me around the Web. Instead of searching through my bookmarks for the link I was wanting to browse again – I’ll just type it into the Google search box in Firefox if it was that hard to remember.

Most of the time, I can just type it into the address bar faster or get there another way (such as RSS subscriptions via Google Reader).

The few times I do use bookmarks, it is to check through a series of links for a task and not a subject. For an example, I have a social network folder in my bookmarks bar. There I have all my MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Hulu and other social-like sites. In another, I have my “site stuff” folder which has my Google AdSense, Google Analytics, FeedBurner and other links relating back to my various web projects.

So is my habit weird or do you find yourself doing the same?

Little Firefox Goodies for Everybody

Loads of random goodies for this week on and about Firefox. As we come closer to the Firefox 3 release date it looks like we are getting more and more information trickling out about it. Also some other useful tidbits of news, information and more in this week’s link round up.

The Best Stuff You Didn’t See Here This Week:

Firefox Multimedia of the Week:

Firefox Users

Mozilla Weaves the Browser with the Web

Mozilla Weave

Tis’ the season for holiday surprises, and I think Mozilla gave us all the best present of all with their new “lab” project, Weave. Best way I have found to describe it is to think of Google Browser Sync, but taken out of Google’s hands.

Here is some of the early hype about this new Firefox feature:

I am sure we’ll be hearing more about the project as time rolls on.

Setup a “Temp” Bookmark Folder

You browse those articles, web sites and Web 2.0 masterpieces, give them a quick look over and say to yourself, “I should really comeback here later” because you know your suppose to Christmas shopping – not browsing through interesting pages.

Quick Place to Store Pages for Later! 

If you have been in these situational shoes before, I have a quick fix that will let you get back to work. No extensions are needed and only a little browsing habit needs to be changed.

temp. place for your bookmarks1. Right-click on your bookmarks toolbar and create a “New Folder”.

2. Name that folder “Temp”

3. Next time you find yourself looking at something you want to give a little more time to at a later date and time, drag the favicon “or page icon” in the address bar to this new “temp” folder and get back to doing what you need to be doing.

This is one of my little browser tweaks that I have been doing for years and years. It makes it really easy to save stuff you want to read through at a later date and time and once you have, you can delete it or move it to another one of your bookmark folders.

Monday Mozilla Links and News

Time to take a look at what some of you might have missed over the weekend with your favorite orange and blue browser.

Remember, send your link suggestions to me and I might have to toss them out to the rest of the Firefox Facts-a-maniacs out there.

Get More Than 5 Bookmark Backups

Want to get a little more from Firefox when it comes to backing up your bookmarks? Not many people know that Firefox actually does save backups (one a day) of your bookmarks. They should be located in your “profile” folder. On Windows XP that would be here:

C:\Documents and Settings\YOURNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\UNIQUEID\bookmarkbackups

You can change it though to go a little higher. I wouldn’t recommend bumping it up too much more, but a jump from 5 to 10 shouldn’t hurt you.

Bookmark Backup

By default Firefox only saves five backups of your bookmarks. If you want to set this higher go into about:config (just type about:config in your address bar) and search for:

browser.bookmarks.max_backups

Now change the value from 5 to some other number. From that point on, Firefox should be saving more than just five backups.

Organizing Your Firefox Bookmarks

It seems like every time I see somebody’s browser, they have their links organized in a new way. Some people don’t even bother removing the default bookmark links that came with the browser. Others don’t use bookmarks at all. How do you roll? I figured I’d go over some of the techniques that are out there.

Basic Old School Organization

This one is probably the most widely use way of doing things. Keep all your bookmarks in folders, and keep those folders in your main bookmarks folder. Organize them by topic and then you can always find what your looking for – even though you have to go down a few levels to find it.

Favicon Pretty Picture Organization

I did this one for a while, and I liked it till I needed more bookmarks than my Bookmarks Toolbar could handle. Here you remove the titles and navigate from web site to web site by only using the favicon to go by. It does make things less cluttered – but hard to work with if you have too many links. An easy way of getting it done without much fuss would be to use the Smart Bookmarks Bar extension.

Everything in my Face Organization

Last but not least, you have the technique I am using right now – having almost all your bookmark folders sitting inside the Bookmarks Toolbar. Here I have drop down menus of each category and it doesn’t usually take more than two clicks to get anywhere. For less important bookmarks I still need to visit once in a blue moon – I’ll still put them in the bookmarks section outside of my toolbar links folder. Might sound busy, but it does work.

So, with those three new ways of organizing your bookmarks – is it time for you to clean house?