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Google Browser Sync = Back from the Dead

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Told you last week about Google’s plans to kill off the semi-popular Google Browser Sync extension.  According to Ars Technica, while they were tossing the dirt in the hole – somebody decided to do this:

Google is distributing the Browser Sync source code under the BSD license and is making it available through a Subversion source control repository on the Google Code website.

Good news for those of us who really liked this add-on.  The reason for its popularity is that it didn’t just sync up your bookmarks.  It also would transfer your passwords, history and cookies.

Personally, I am looking forward to giving Weave a shot (Mozilla’s version of the same service) due to the fact that Mozilla would know how to do it best.  Right now from what I have seen, it looks like it is still kind of buggy.

Not much is up on the Google Code page for BrowserSync but will be worth keeping an eye on in the next few weeks and months ahead.

Pirillo Talks About the Fox

The GnomeAlthough I might not agree with him on everything that he has posted about, I do have to say that I don’t think that Chris is in anybody’s pocket and he really is looking out for the consumer side of the Web. Usually when people start blasting Firefox for this, that or the other I roll my eyes but Chris puts up a good argument that I think anybody might enjoy reading no mater what browser you use.

Scott Gilbertson kindly interviewed me for his article: More Firefox Bloat- Say It Ain’t So, Mozilla. I offered so much more than a single sentence to his original query, so I thought I’d pass along the discourse (and my own self-correction) here…

Firefox fan or not – check out Pirillo’s post. It’s well worth your time.

Firefox Team Invited to Microsoft?

Sorry, this story just asks for an oddball title. The news here is “Microsoft’s open source software lab has extended a helping hand to Mozilla Corp. if it’s interested in making sure the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client run under Windows Vista.”

I say good job Microsoft! At least they realize that there is an audience for an alternative Internet browser. Then again, maybe they want to drug them all and turn them into Microsoft zombies?

+ Read More about Microsoft’s Offer to the Firefox Team!