Read that info later and sync your browsers

01 Dec 2010

If you have more than one computer or a smartphone, you found/will find yourself at least once into the situation bellow:

“You found something interesting in the web. You do not have the time to read it now. Whether you want to bookmark it or just keep it in mind to read it later, you have another problem to solve. Where are you going to read it later, on your notebook at home, on your smartphone or on any other of your computer/internet devices? The time factor (when are going to read it) may also indicate the computer/device you will use. What is the easiest way to note it down and read that note on any of your computers?”

Considering that I don’t use public computers (internet cafes etc.), my approach is that:

Read It Later

www.readitlaterlist.com

Save pages for reading later with just one click. Whenever you have time, you can access the “read it later” list from any computer or phone, even without an internet connection.

I use the “Read It Later list” for web pages that I don’t want to bookmark. I just want to read that information later and then decide what to do with it.

My main problem was how to fast-transfer that info (web pages) to my Nokia E71 Symbian smartphone. I tried at first a qr code (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code | http://mobilecodes.nokia.com/scan.htm) extension for Firefox (I don’t remember which https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?q=qr+code&cat=all/). That was working well, but then again, I wanted the same function for my laptop using only one extension for that job.

“Read It Later” filled the gap. It is working on my desktop, laptop and mobile phone just fine. It is also customizable. I left only an arrow (button) to appear next to the bookmark asterisk at the address bar.

Firefox Sync

www.mozilla.com/firefox/sync/ | https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/10868/

It lets you stay in sync with your Firefox. Access your history, passwords, bookmarks and open tabs across all your devices.

from Ars Technica
http://arstechnica.com/open-source/guides/2010/10/ars-examines-chrome-an...

Mozilla began exploring synchronization several years ago when the Weave project emerged from Mozilla Labs. Weave was a bit flaky during the early stages of development, but it matured considerably over the past few years and has become quite robust.

Now called Firefox Sync, it is available to Firefox 3.6 users in the form of a browser add-on that communicates with Mozilla's own hosted synchronization server. In light of its suitability for widespread adoption, Mozilla intends to include it as a standard built-in feature in Firefox 4, the next major version of the Web browser.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Mozilla's approach to synchronization is the organization's extreme focus on privacy. Firefox Sync uses an encryption scheme that is intended to ensure that even the operator of the synchronization service can't sneak a peek at the user's data. It's designed to be flexible, however, so that features like secure bookmark sharing between users can be implemented at a later date.

Bookmarks and open tabs are now synced between my desktop and laptop.

If you use different browser, you can use xmarks instead http://www.xmarks.com/

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