Tag: bookmarks

Firefox – Backing up / moving bookmarks and history

Amazing the stuff you learn when you gotta put the hammer down. I decided that with the release of Firefox 5, I ought to combine the multiple (often Portable) versions I run into a single copy.

Step 1 was to open each copy and backup my bookmarks (via Ctrl+Shift+B / Organize Bookmarks) to a named file. But having done that I wondered what of the detailed browsing history I’d accumulated (lots of it repetitive but more on that later) and didn’t want to lose either.

So a quick search on Google revealed that I could copy all my History folders into a single Bookmark folder. Which I did. Although with the amount of data being copied, Firefox kept freezing up (aka Firefox is not responding) a bit too often! A quick peek at the Task Manager stats revealed CPU usage was averaging 80% with 1.3 Gigts of my 2 Gigs RAM in use! Ouch!

Time to scale back. So instead of trying to back up different Portable Firefox History folders all at once, it was better to do them one at a time. Things now went a bit faster, although the high CPU usage continued. This is a Firefox trait. The standard builds are still very resource hungry. I found a better, leaner (meaner?) Firefox, but you’ll have to wait for more on that in a later post.

Anyway I finally managed to get stuff where I thought it belonged. Then exported all the saved Bookmarks to a new backup HTML file. And if you too decide to do as I did, try not to click the Bookmark Manager > Import & Backup > Backup option.

Yes Prudence, there is a general backup option. Except this creates a single JSON file. Which is fine if the import bookmark destination is a blank slate. Otherwise, instead of merging the data you’ll only import the copied data and overwrite existing bookmarks (to be fair, Firefox does confirm if you want to actually complete the insanity).

More later on some amazing Google Chrome browser features and the best Firefox build you can lay your grubby paws on. Plus maybe, if you are unlucky, my musings on other stuff.

Delicious Bookmark Service Closing Soon (NOT)

I just (Dec 17, 2010) read on Betanews that Yahoo is planning to close Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) bookmarking service as part of a general corporate restructuring. Other services facing the axe are Altavista, Yahoo Picks, Yahoo Bookmarks, Yahoo Buzz, MyBlogLog, Alltheweb, MyM. And even the Yahoo traffic APIs are set to close!!!

I for one have immediately backed up all my Delicious bookmarks. You can also do the same from https://secure.delicious.com/settings/bookmarks/export.

I now begin the search for an alternate, and popular, bookmark service. Reader suggestions will be accepted. As long they don’t require me installing a software or browser extension 🙂

I really liked Delicious because of the opportunity it afforded to find interesting links via other user postings. But I haven’t been visiting it all that often over the past 4-5 months because of bookmark repetition, junk and domains in languages I couldn’t read.

My ideal online bookmark service should be able to set the website language via a simple drop-down interface. With the option to use an online translator so everyone can understand what the site is about. The service should also be able to tell me if the link I’m adding pre-exists in the database and if so displays the user count. Clicking the count link would display user names with their link descriptions and classification tags. I would then have the option to copy any one description or tags for my entry.