Obviously I don’t use Internet Explorer because it is (a) not compliant with standards; (b) not safe; (c) Microsoft. And I don’t use Safari because Steve Jobs is a control freak and I don’t wish to be locked up in his world.
So like most geeks I’ve been using Firefox, which is faster and safer than Internet Explorer and has great add-ons. But I’m finding Firefox is becoming a little sluggish as it gets more bloated, and perhaps it is becoming a little unstable. For the time being I have now switched my default browser to Google Chrome, because it is quite a bit faster than Firefox. (I’m writing this in a Chrome, for example). I’m keeping Firefox because I like some of the plugins (such as S3Fox and Scribefire) but I reckon I’ll only use it when I need one of those.
But, I hear you cry, what a pain switching between different browsers! It means your bookmarks and logins are never in one place, and they are never there when you want them. Well that is where Xmarks comes in. This nifty add-on which is available for Firefox and Chrome (and indeed IE and Safari, if you like that kind of thing) synchronises your bookmarks to a central server on the interwebby. (Securely, we hope.) Once you have installed Xmarks in your various browsers you can forget about it. Whenever you bookmark something in one browser, that bookmark will appear the same everywhere. (Ditto stored passwords, if you want.) So whether I am using my home computer, my work laptop or my Linux server, and whether I am using Chrome or Firefox, my bookmarks and logins are all the same in every broswer without me having to copy them over. Which is nice. Even if you don’t use more than one browser, Xmarks is pretty handy if you use more than one computer.
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